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.

Swimtastic award 2

Swimtastic award 2

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.