Senior Swimmer of the Year
Read all about the British Swimming Supporters Club Senior Swimmer of the Year from the 2010 Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards.
GOLD - Sheila Airey, from Suffolk
Sheila Airey recently celebrated her 80th birthday and has a real zest for life.
After moving to Suffolk from Bradford, Sheila decided she would like to learn to swim and now believes it’s the best things she has ever done.
Sheila admits she feels a different person when she comes out of the pool and hopes she is an inspiration to other older people not to sit around but to get up and get their bodies moving.
SILVER - Heather & Gill Bower-Lissaman, from Sheffield
Heather and Gill's swimming teacher Karen Brolley collected the award in their absence
Sisters Heather and Gill have been given a new lease of life after taking up swimming.
Learning to swim was a childhood dream but the duo were always put off by weight and health problems.
They admit they were like ‘two rabbits caught in the headlamps of a car’ but are now enjoying being in the water and trying their best to swim.
BRONZE - Ivor Pope, from Swindon
Ivor, 76, has dedicated his life to swimming. He has been teaching and coaching for well over 40 years and has continued to swim, train and compete in Masters Competitions setting county, national and European records.
He formed his own swimming club to share his love of swimming, including catering for slower swimmers who were put off joining some of the larger clubs.
In recent years, Ivor has suffered numerous cardiac arrests and has had triple bypass surgery but is now back in the pool swimming around 3 km every week.