Last weekend (6/05) Swimming WA announced the nominations for the 2018 Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards.
As with last year, UWA West Coast Swimming Club have capped off an excellent summer with a dominant representation in the award nominations across a variety of categories.
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medallists Blair Evans and Brianna Throssell will battle each other for the Sir Frank Bearepaire Trophy, awarded to the WA swimmer with the highest world ranking.
Both swimmers won bronze on the Gold Coast, with Brianna also picking up gold for her part in the Games record-breaking Australian 4x200m freestyle relay team.
The best overall performance at the Australian Open LC Championships, the Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy, will also be fought between Blair and Brianna.
The pair joins UWA student athlete Alex Milligan in the Hall of Fame Alumni Trophy nominations, and Zac Incerti and UWA student athlete Nicholas Brown in the Swimming WA Life Members Trophy.
The club’s younger swimmers have also been recognised, with Hugh Moran nominated for the Jack Howson Trophy (15 years) and rising star TJ Chong-Sue for the Frank Osman Memorial Shield (13 years) and Bob Bestman Trophy (most outstanding swim by a WA swimmer at the Australian Age Championships).
TJ Chong-Sue also joins student athlete Ashton Brinkworth and Joshua Edwards-Smith in the nominations for Age Swimmer of the Year.
UWA coach Michael Shaw has been nominated in the Age Group Coach of the Year, along with WAIS coaches Bud McAllister (coach of Blair Evans) and Michael Palfery (coach of Brianna Throssell and Zac Incerti).
Liam Smith has been nominated for the Multi Class Swimmer of the Year, after a strong display at the Commonwealth Games trials earlier this year.
The top prize of the night, the Lyn McClements Swimmer of the Year Medal, will see UWA-West Coast Swimmers Blair Evans, Brianna Throssell, and Zac Incerti challenge UWA Alumni Holly Barratt and Breakers’ George Harley to be named the Western Australian swimmer who returns the most outstanding performance of the year.
The awards will be announced on Saturday 26 May at the official Swimming WA event.
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