Swim England launches Hall of Fame to honour aquatic achievements

Swim England is creating a Hall of Fame to honour the achievements of individuals who have made a significant impact on aquatics.

As part of the organisation’s 150th celebrations, athletes, coaches and volunteers across England will all be considered for submission into the Hall of Fame after being suggested by the public.

The initial induction will also recognise pioneers from aquatics’ illustrious history as part of Swim England’s landmark anniversary.

Nominations on who should be inducted in the Hall of Fame can be made now and are encouraged across all disciplines.

They can be submitted by individuals, clubs, counties, regions and wider organisations.

All those nominated will be considered by a panel before being inducted at a special ceremonial dinner at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Leicestershire, on Saturday 12 October.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “There are so many people who have made telling contributions to our sports over the last 150 years that we felt it was right to honour their achievements and successes.

Exceptional contribution

“The selection panel will be looking for those individuals who have made an exceptional contribution and are fully deserving of being recognised for years to come.

“We look forward to seeing all the nominations for the first year of our Hall of Fame.”

A Hall of Fame book will be created containing all inductees which will be added to each year.

The pages will be signed and two copies of the book will be kept at Swim England’s reception and library.

Framed copies of the pages will be presented to the inductees, along with a commemorative certificate, at the ceremonial dinner.

The Hall of Fame individuals will also be listed on the Swim England website.

The deadline for nominations for the inaugural year of the Hall of Fame need to be submitted by 9am on Monday 22 April.

Each nomination will be thoroughly evaluated and decisions will be based on the information included on the submission form so please provide as much fact-based evidence as possible.

If people are not inducted in the year of nomination, they will automatically be considered for future years.

Nominations for the 2020 induction will begin in October.

The categories are…

Athlete

The nominee must have had success at the highest level (European, World, Commonwealth or Olympic) AND contributed to the development of the sport in England to bring around positive change.

The focus of the Swim England Hall of Fame will be to recognise those athletes who have used success to positively contribute towards the development of the sport in a significant way over a period of time.

Nominations will normally be considered after retirement from the highest level of their performance, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Coach

Nominees must illustrate evidence of having worked at the very highest level of performance and achieved success in one or more of the following areas:

  • Enabling an athlete to break through to the very highest levels of attainment.
  • Coaching a team to break through to the very highest levels of attainment.
  • Coaching athletes to world class success (Olympic or World medallists).

Volunteers

Nominees must have made an extraordinary impact to aquatic sport. The nomination must demonstrate why there is something special about the achievements an individual has made and show where they have made a significant difference.

Long service is not a part of the criteria. Although achieving over a period of time is helpful, it is more about the outcomes and achievements. There must have been a demonstrable positive change brought about as a result of the individual’s input.

  • Note: There will be no requirement to induct from each of the three categories, or each discipline, every year. For example, two volunteers could be inducted one year without any athletes or coaches. Every nominee will be considered on their own merits.
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