Shuttleworth and Peaty recognised at ASA Aquatics Awards

Swimming News

Two swimmers received recognition at the ASA Aquatics Awards 2016, held in the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham.

Loughborough University swimmer Timothy Shuttleworth and City of Derby’s Adam Peaty were both honoured for their performances in 2016.

Shuttleworth won the ASA England Programmes Athlete of the Year for Swimming award for his performance in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He was selected as part of the Team GB squad to compete in the 1500m Freestyle.

Shuttleworth commented: “Rio 2016 was a great experience because I wasn’t expecting to go, and the experience I got was so valuable.

“Hopefully, if I get a chance to do it again, I can improve on my performance and do myself proud.”

Adam Peaty accepts award via video

Peaty won Performance Athlete of the Year for Swimming for his phenomenal year. Peaty broke the 100m Breaststroke world record twice at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He took home Team GB’s first Olympic 100m Breaststroke gold medal since 1980.

Peaty has been named in the 12-person shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third year in a row.

Although Adam Peaty was unable to accept the award in person, he sent in a video to express his gratitude for the recognition.

He said: “A huge thank you for presenting me with the ASA Performance Athlete of the Year for Swimming. It is an absolute honour to receive this award. Hopefully I can continue to do my country proud.”

2016 Paralympic S6 50m Butterfly champion Ellie Robinson and 2016 Olympic diving bronze medallist Daniel Goodfellow presented the awards.

Jane Nickerson, interim Chief Executive of the ASA, said: “We have many fantastic people involved in our sport and the annual Aquatics Awards are our opportunity to recognise the great contribution our volunteers, teachers, coaches and partners make every day.

The Awards is also an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements within the aquatics community. From the individuals who have overcome personal obstacles to learn how to swim, to the athletes who have represented their clubs and country.

“All our nominees are great ambassadors for our sport and it is wonderful to be able to recognise their achievements.”

  • Click here to view all of the award winners on the ASA Aquatics Awards page.