swimmers win top awards at national ceremony
Burnham-On-Sea swimming enthusiasts are celebrating this week after
making a big splash at a national awards ceremony.
Cole, 85, who trains at Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, won the
National ASA Aquatics Awards 2016 Senior Participant of the Year
title at the ASA 2016 Awards ceremony in Birmingham.
congratulations go to Grenville - we are extremely proud of him,"
Sara Cox-Conklin from the Academy told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "Grenville
achieved this title by breaking four British Age-Group records in
one year, and becoming the European Champion after returning to
the sport after a 70 year gap!"
another local swimmer, Nathan Clarke, 17, from Burnham-On-Sea Swimming
Club was also invited along to the ceremony where he was presented
with a bronze award in the ASA Volunteer of the Year category.
a King Alfred School sixth form student, was nominated for his long
hours as a volunteer in the sport.
have been volunteering for over four years at Burnham Swimming Club,
putting in over 1,000 hours of my time as a qualified coach, teacher
and judge. I love the sport, and encouraging local swimmers to maximise
Awards were presented by Paralympic Champion Ellie Robinson, and
Olympic bronze medallist Daniel Goodfellow.
who won Olympic bronze in the 2016 10m Platform synchronised diving
with partner Tom Daley, said: "It felt amazing to be here and
help present the Awards. For up and coming athletes on the England
Programmes talent pathways, these awards give them so much confidence,
the acknowledgement and recognition that they are doing well and
they are on the right track."
who won gold in the S6 50m Butterfly at the Rio Paralympic Games,
said: "Its great to be part of the Awards today. I learned
to swim when I was four and have been all the way through the programme.
It is wonderful to see the next generation coming through and to
celebrate all of the people who help to make that happen."
Nickerson, interim Chief Executive of the ASA, said: "We have
many fantastic people involved in our sport and the annual Aquatics
Awards are our opportunity to recognise the great contribution that
is made every day by our volunteers, teachers, coaches and partners.
The Awards are 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. All our nominees are great
ambassadors for our sport and it is wonderful to be able to recognise