Western Australia’s 2018 Swimmer of the Year has been announced, following the Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards held last weekend (26 May).
UWA West Coast’s Brianna Throssell took home the coveted Lyn McClements medal with her third win in the Swimmer of the Year category.
It was a year where the Commonwealth Games dominated the nominations in the category, with fellow Team Australia swimmers George Harley (Breakers), Blair Evans (UWA West Coast), Zac Incerti (UWA West Coast), and Holly Barratt (Rockingham, UWA Alumni) also nominated.
Brianna was awarded the title after stunning form on the Gold Coast, where she won Gold in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Bronze in the 100m Butterfly, and finished fifth in the final of 200m Butterfly.
Brianna was also awarded the Swimming WA Life Members Trophy, one of the many trophies picked up by UWA West Coast swimmers.
TJ Chong-Sue was handed the Bob Bestman Trophy, given to the most outstanding swim by a WA swimmer at the Australian Age Championships.
Meanwhile, his team mate Joshua Edwards-Smith beat him to the title of Age Group Swimmer of the Year, with UWA West Coast’s Michael Shaw named Age Group Coach of the Year.
The best overall performance at the Australian Open LC Championships, the Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy, was given to Blair Evans against Brianna Throssell and George Harley.
The success of UWA West Coast athletes at the Swimmer of the Year Awards reflects an outstanding 2017/18 for the swimmers, who can look to build on their performance with Tokyo 2020 on the horizon.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events