Sunday 3rd April 2016 saw our National Swimming Championships take place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham. The event was held long course for the first time giving swimmers the opportunity to compete over the full 50m.
53 swimmers, aged 12-52, competed in up to 5 events each throughout the day which saw 20 events all together – 50m and 100m in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley, with separate events for male and females.
Matt Walker MBE, CP Sport Ambassador, kindly presented the medals for the morning session, and Bill Crichton, Vice Chair of CP Sport, presented the afternoon’s medals and also the two trophies. You can see all of the results from the day by clicking here.
The Swimmer of the Year Trophy was presented to Grace Harvey. Grace holds the Long Course British Records in 50 back, 200 back, 200 fly and 200IM, as well as short course British Records in 800 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM. Grace also represented England in the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games where she won Gold in the 50m fly and she will be competing for a spot in Rio this year.
The Andrew Stubbs Trophy was presented to Ryan Crouch. Ryan stopped swimming at the end of 2014 due to illness, but has since made a magnificent comeback winning double gold at the CP World Games in August, breaking his own short course British Record in the 100 free in November and two golds and two silvers at Nationals in December.
Epic Action Imagery shot photographs of the event which are now available to purchase from their website, by clicking here (password: nottingham). Swimmers were also joined by British Paralympic Association Physiotherapists who were on poolside throughout the event to offer free pre and post-race treatments to any swimmer wishing to use the service.
Special thanks goes to SportSystems, David Rush and David Fortescue, for their continued support in running the meet results software and enabling the smooth running of the competition. We would also like to thank Wendy Coles for her help in providing the officials for the event, and Mary Butler for her technical assistance, without which the event could not have run to ASA licence standards. 25 volunteers in total gave their time to help at the event which is very much appreciated and they all did a wonderful job.