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Swim England reveals first inductees into Hall of Fame

The first inductees into the Swim England Hall of Fame have been revealed.

A total of 26 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers are all named in the Hall of Fame, which was created as part of Swim England’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Included in the list are 12 Olympians who won a total of 17 medals between them.

It also honours pioneers from aquatics’ illustrious history – and the first batch of names includes 21 people who have been posthumously inducted.

The remaining five – swimmers Sharron Davies, Duncan Goodhew and Steve Parry plus synchronised swimming stalwart Jenny Gray and volunteer Alan Donlan – were all honoured during a ceremonial dinner at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Leicestershire.

A Hall of Fame book has been created and two copies will be kept at Swim England’s reception and library.

Framed copies of the pages along with a commemorative certificate were presented to Davies, Goodhew, Parry, Gray and Donlan.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England CEO said: “In our 150th anniversary year, we’re delighted to reveal the names of the first people to be inducted into our Hall of Fame.

Never be forgotten

“There were many wonderful nominations submitted and it was extremely hard to narrow it down to those who we’ve included so far.

“Although many of those honoured this time are sadly no longer with us, the pioneering role they played in helping to develop our sports or the success they had as coaches and athletes should never be forgotten.

“We applaud them for their dedication to swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo and hope they act as an inspiration to others.

“We look forward to building on these initial entrants into the Hall of Fame over the years to come.”

Biographies of all the Hall of Fame inductees are also featured on the Swim England website.

Each year, athletes, coaches and volunteers across England will be considered for submission into the Hall of Fame after being suggested by the public.

The next names included in the Hall of Fame will be announced in May 2020.

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