English para-swimmers Steph Millward and Oludaisi Adefisan win ASA Aquatics AwardsDecember 2, 2016 Swimming News
English para-swimmers Steph Millward and Oludaisi Adefisan were recognised with prizes at the ASA Aquatics Awards 2016.
Millward won Performance Athlete of the Year for Para-Swimming after her Paralympic gold medal in the S8 100m Backstroke.
She went on to win a second gold in Rio as part of the 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay team.
“My career has all been about chasing an Olympic gold medal,” said Millward. “I’ve had the dream since I was eight years old and now, 27 years later, I’ve won that gold. Dreams really can come true.
“I just want to inspire people to be the best that they can be, to realise the dreams they’ve always had. I just want to help other people now.”
Adefisan praised for his commitment to Para-swimming
Adefisan won the ASA England Programmes Athlete of the Year for Para-Swimming because of his outstanding commitment to the sport in 2016.
The award praised his proactive approach to the sport, as he actively seeks training opportunities.
Adefisan attends every camp and workshop which is available to him and helps to develop the less experienced swimmers.
After receiving the award, Adefisan said: “It feels incredible to win an award. It means that all my hard work has paid off this past season.
“Athletes go through many trials and tribulations in a season. It is important to recognise individual achievements from grassroots level through to Olympic and Paralympic medallists. Awards like these say it all.”
Rio 2016 Paralympic champion Ellie Robinson and Olympic bronze diving medallist, Dan Goodfellow presented the awards.
Jane Nickerson, interim Chief Executive of the ASA, said: “The Awards is 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.
- Click here to view all of the award winners on the ASA Aquatics Awards page.