The 2017 Westpac Swimmer of the year awards are just around the corner and with nominees in 15 of the 20 categories, and a total of 28 individual nominations UWA West Coast Swim Club is on track for an incredibly successful evening.
Following a Steller season, four of the clubs best have been nominated for the evenings top accolade; the Lyn McClements Swimmer of the Year. Blair Evens, Brianna Throssell, Tamsin Cook and young gun Zac Incerti are all vying for the title, which is awarded to the swimmer with the most outstanding performance during the defined period.
Joining them in nomination is UWA Alumni and ex-student-athlete Holly Barret who was the fairy tale story of the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships, where her exceptional second place finish in the 100 metres backstroke behind world champion Emily Seebohm earned the 29 year old her first selection to the Australian Dolphins team for this year’s World Championships in Budapest Hungary, becoming the oldest rookie to make an Australian team in history.
Throssell and Incerti have both also been nominated for the Swimming WA Life Member Trophy, alongside Barret and Perth City Swim Clubs Kate Bird, with Brianna going on to join fellow club member Alex Milligan in being nominated for the Swimming WA Hall of Fame.
The Sir Frank Beaurepaire Trophy, awarded to the West Australian swimmer with the highest world ranking as at 30 April this year, sees two UWA West Coast Swimmers in Brianna Throssell and Tamsin Cook go up against each other for the title.
UWA West Coasts Hadley Lindsay and Hugh Moran are both nominated for the Old Court Cup – awarded to the most consistent athlete in the State Open and Age Long Course championships, while Lindsay joins Alex Millgan and Emma Warburton in the 17/18 years category of the same award.
Up for the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy are Blair Evans and Zac Incerti, alongside Holly Barret. The trophy is awarded to for the most outstanding swim at the Australia Open Long Course Championships.
The clubs junior squad are well represented in the nominations with swimmers up for a string of accolades. Sasha Bell is up for the Jack Howson Trophy (15/16 years), while three out of four nominees for the Frank Osman Memorial Shield (13/14 years) Emma Bond, Hugh Moran and Tj Chon Sue are UWA West Coast swimmers.
Jemima Horwood, Joshua Edwards-Smith and TJ Chong Sue have all been nominated for the Bob Bestman Award for the most outstanding swim at the Australian Age Championship, and Colin Jackson is the clubs sole representative for the Max Gerber Multiclass Trophy. Rounding up the junior nominations are Jemima Horwood, Tamsin Cook and Alex Milligan who are all up for the Junior Swimmer of the Year Award for outstanding performances.
Two UWA West Coast coaches have also been recognised for their efforts across the year with Kate Reynolds and Michael Shaw up for 2017 Coach the year, and Age Coach of the year respectively.
The 2017 Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards will be held at the Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough, Grand Ballroom on Saturday 20 May 2017.
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