Distance Free TrophiesJanuary 1, 2016
There are four Distance Free trophies, awarded to the fastest senior and junior (U16) swimmers in the 800m and 1500m Freestyle at the ASA National Championships.
Distance Free Trophies
Click or tap the name of the trophy below to find out more about each.
The Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free) is awarded to the fastest male senior swimmer in the 1500m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).
Until 2015, the Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free) was awarded to the fastest male senior swimmer in the 1500m Free at the ASA National Championships (50m).
- Year: 2016
- Names: Timothy Shuttleworth
- Team: Loughborough University
- Time: 14:24.00
Past Winners: Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free)
|2015||Jay Lelliott||Bath University||14:39.49|
|2013||Stephen Milne||Perth City||15:23.40|
History of the Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free)
Horace Davenport was president of the Swimming Association of Great Britain from 1880 to 1883 and again from 1890 to 1894.
He was also a great swimmer and won many of the first trophies which were at the time not perpetual. If a swimmer won the trophy three years in a row they got to keep it.
The Horace Davenport Cup (1500m Free) was originally awarded to the winner of the annual one mile swimming championship.
The Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy is awarded to the fastest female senior swimmer in the 800m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).
Until 2015, the trophy was awarded to the fastest female senior swimmer in the 800m Free at the ASA National Championships (50m).
- Year: 2016
- Names: Holly Hibbott
- Team: Stockport Metro
- Time: 8:19.19
Past Winners: Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy
|2015||Aimee Willmott||London Aquatics Centre PP||8:19.81|
|2013||Rachel Williams||Bath University||8:42.75|
|2012||Rebecca Adlington||Nova Centurion||8:19.03|
|2011||Rebecca Adlington||Nova Centurion||8:24.77|
|2010||Sasha Matthews||Nova Centurion||8:40.43|
History of the Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy
Brigadier Welchman was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery from RMA Woolwich in 1914 and served in France, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia.
Between the wars, his postings included instructor at the School of Artillery and Assistant Superintendent at the Shoeburyness Experimental Establishment.
In 1939 he was commanding 28 Field Regiment in India, taking his regiment to East Africa as part of 5th Indian Division, supporting 10 Indian Brigade, commanded by Brigadier WE Slim. Both Welchman and Slim were lightly wounded in the same Italian air attack.
Welchman re-joined his regiment in time for the Keren battle. He returned to India and became Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA) of 17th Indian Division in India and Burma and then Commander, Corps Royal Artillery (CCRA) of Slim’s 1st Burma Corps before finally becoming Brigadier, Royal Artillery (BRA) of the 14th Army, where he remained for the rest of the war.
Welchman assumed the duties of hon secretary in 1926 of the Army Swimming Union and held this post for 10 years, during which he accomplished invaluable work in helping to raise the standard of Army swimming.
In 1953, he was elected ASA President, having been nominated by the Western Counties ASA. This is an honour no other serving or former Army Swimming Union individual had matched before or has matched since.
The Surbiton SC Trophy is awarded to the fastest male junior swimmer in the 1500m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).
Originally awarded for the half mile event and promoted by the Sporting Life paper, Surbiton Swimming Club presented the cup as a perpetual trophy to be awarded annually to the winner.
Until 2015, the trophy was awarded to the fastest male swimmer in the 1500m Free at the ASA National Youth Championships (50m).
- Year: 2016
- Names: Samuel Osborne
- Team: City of Birmingham
- Time: 15:34.73
Past Winners: Surbiton SC Trophy
|2014||Daniel Jervis||Swansea Aquatics||15:17.68|
|2013||Nicholas Grainger||City of Sheffield||15:26.97|
|2012||Stephen Milne||Perth City||15:36.90|
|2011||Jack Burnell||Lincoln Vulcans||15:40.73|
|2010||Thomas Sunter||City of Sheffield||15:36.69|
The Willesden Cup is awarded to the fastest female junior swimmer in the 800m Freestyle at the National Winter Championships (25m).
The Willesden Cup – also known as the C P Parkin Trophy – is awarded in memory of Cyril P. Parkin who was ASA President in 1973. Cyril was a long-standing Southern Counties official whose contribution to the sports spanned four decades from post World War II through to the 1970s.
Until 2015, the trophy was awarded to the fastest female swimmer in the 800m Free at the ASA National Youth Championships (50m).
- Year: 2016
- Names: Annalea Davison
- Team: Newcastle Swim Team
- Time: 8:33.82
Past Winners: Willesden Cup
|2015||Annalea Davison||Newcastle Swim Team||8:40.13|
|2014||Ellena Jones||Swansea Aquatics||8:44.68|
|2013||Rachael Williamson||Kingston on Hull||8:46.86|
|2012||Jessica Thielmann||City of Newcastle||8:38.88|
|2011||Danielle Hall-Jackson||City of Leeds||8:39.30|
|2010||Danielle Hall-Jackson||City of Leeds||8:44.58|