John G Hatfield Memorial Trophy

John G Hatfield Memorial Trophy. ASA Trophy cabinet

The John G Hatfield Memorial Trophy is awarded to the fastest male senior swimmer in the 100m Butterfly at the ASA National Championships.

History of the John G Hatfield Memorial Trophy

The John G Hatfield Memorial Trophy is given in memory of John ‘Jack’ Hatfield (1893-1965), a quadruple Olympian (1912 1920, 1924, 1928) from Middlesbrough who was Britain’s leading swimmer in this period, as well as an international water polo player.

He was selected for the 1912 Olympics where he won silver medals in 400m and 1500m freestyle in addition to 4x200m relay bronze and in his long career won some 40 ASA titles. He also captained the the England team some 18 years later at the first Empire Games.

In his native town of Middlesbrough, where the family had a well-known sporting outfitters, a square is named in his honour.

Hatfield was still playing water polo for his club team aged 47, having led them to the ASA relay title in 1921, and won the Middlesbrough championship from 1905 until 1934.

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