Both these swimmers have been an absolute pleasure to coach this year and received £15 worth of HMV vouchers each, paid for by the coach himself. This shows that if swimmers work hard for him he will get his wallet out!!
James wins this award on the back of a very successful year of swimming. He has swum lifetime personal bests for 50m and 100m butterfly both short and long course and made his first ever BUSA national final for an individual event. The time he achieved in the final of the 50m butterfly at short course nationals was a Derbyshire County Record and would have made him a semi-finalist at last years ASA Short Course Nationals. Throughout the year James' attitude to his training has been exemplary, attending every session possible and doing up to four sessions a week in his own time. James won many points for the University team this year, both in relays and individual events and provides an illustration of how it is possible to successfully balance a degree with swim training.
Katie wins this award due to the dramatic improvement in her swimming this year. Having taken a year out to travel, it took her a while to build up her fitness and swim the times she was capable of swimming. After months of hard work she swam excellently at the BUSA Long Course Championships making two individual finals (200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke) and swimming in both the freestyle and medley relays that finished fourth and fifth overall respectively. Katie provides an example of how it is possible to build up your fitness after taking a year out from training but only if you have a positive attitude towards your training and work hard for a sustained period of time. The points she won for the team at BUSA Long Course are testament to her hard work and positive attitude and are something she can be very proud of.