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Swim England shortlisted for two prestigious sports awards

Swim England is in the running for two prestigious sports awards.

The recognised national governing body for swimming, artistic swimming, diving, open water and water polo has been shortlisted in the Sport Industry Awards 2020.

Swim England is one of six bodies in contention for the Sport Organisation of the Year, in association with AXA, while it has also been nominated for the Active Award for its Disney-inspired Family Fun Sessions.

A panel of judges made up of leading figures within sport and business will decide the winners, who will be announced at a dinner on Thursday 30 April at Evolution London.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “Just to be in the running for these awards is a magnificent achievement.

“It’s testament to the commitment shown by all Swim England team members that we have been shortlisted not once, but twice and I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and efforts.

Incredibly proud

“Whatever the outcome at the awards ceremony, we can be incredibly proud of our accomplishments that have earned these nominations.”

Swim England, the ECB, Formula 1, SailGP, The FA and W Series, an all-female single-seater racing championship, are all shortlisted for the Sporting Organisation of the Year.

Previous winners of the award include England Netball, the RFU, England Hockey, British Gymnastics and Badminton England.

For the Active Award, Swim England was nominated for the Disney-inspired Family Fun sessions, which have reached more than 50,000 mums, dads and youngsters since they were launched last June.

The first wave featured Woody, Buzz and the gang in Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 themed sessions before youngsters enjoyed making a splash with Mickey Mouse and Friends.

Now characters from Disney’s animated classic Frozen 2 – including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven – are helping families get active in the water.