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Sophie Casson wins Performance Athlete Award for Masters

Sophie Casson won the Swim England Performance Athlete for Masters at the Swim England National Awards 2017 at the University of Birmingham.

The event took place at the university’s Great Hall, and recognised the vast contribution of individuals and organisations from all areas of the sport.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England CEO, said: “We have so many inspirational people involved at all levels of our sport and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate them at the Swim England National Awards.

“The day is also about thanking those behind the scenes who continue to encourage us to do our best, particularly our family and friends. I am thrilled that so many people were able to join us in Birmingham.

“On behalf of all everyone involved with swimming, I would like to congratulate all our finalists for their achievements.”

Casson recognised for fantastic 2017 season

Carnforth and District Otters swimmer Casson is a regular Masters competitor who has been breaking records all year. She currently fits swimming around farming, and is no stranger to pushing herself physically.

She won the award for being a positive role model for other Masters to follow. Casson currently holds four World records, 10 European records and 12 British records in the 25-29yrs and 30-34yrs age groups.

Casson said: “This season kicked off for me with the Aberdeen Masters in June where I broke the World record for the 1500m.

“I was aiming for that record, so I was really pleased to achieve it. Then I and a group of Masters went out to Budapest for the World Championships.

“I got four gold and one silver medal and a European record in every event I swam in.”

Woolner wins Achievement Award

Liz Woolner of Flitwick Dolphins won the Swim England Achievement Award – Senior Participant.

Liz is a Masters champion and British record holder who competes at competitions throughout the year. She is always setting new personal best times and bringing home an impressive array of medals.

  • Click here to find out more about the Swim England National Awards and see all of the 2017 categories.