Making a big splash at national swimming awards

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SWIMMERS from Hucknall Leisure Centre have won awards in a national competition and joined other nominees and Olympic stars at a special presentation day.

The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards celebrate the unsung swim stars from across the UK in recognition of their efforts.

Held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Aquatic Centre last month, Hucknall’s Edwin Plummer took home the silver award for Parent of the Year and the Turner-Rowe family received bronze in the Family Swim Award category.

Everyone Active, the management company of Ashfield leisure centres, including Hucknall, won Facility Operator of the Year 2012/12.

Olympic bronze medalist and BBC sport presenter Steve Parry, who hosted the awards, said: “The whole country is on a high after the Olympics, which is fantastic, but now it’s time to recognise the heart-warming, courageous stories of our swimming community up and down the country — that’s exactly what the Swimtastic Awards are about.

“It’s a brilliant way of honouring the people who have achieved their personal goals in the pool.

“As always there has been a fine range of talent on show at this year’s Swimtastic Awards and our finalists have been given a hero’s welcome by our Olympic stars — something they all thoroughly deserve.”

In attendance were Paralympic swimming gold medalist Josef Craig, as well as Open Water Olympian Keri-Anne Payne, Olympic diver Nick-Robinson Baker, Olympic women’s water polo team captain Fran Leighton and Olympic synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici.

The day involved nominees swimming with the stars and a glittering ceremony was held in the evening.

OUR PHOTOS show Edwin and the Turner-Rowe family with their prizes.




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