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The Swim England National Awards were held in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham on Saturday 11 November. The event recognises the achievements and contributions of individuals and organisations from all areas of aquatics, and this year resulted in recognition for one Dorset club.

The category of Swim England Performance Club of the Year recognises excellence shown in nurturing high performance aquatic athletes at regional, national and international level with club representation on England Programmes, and a track record of producing national qualifiers and above. Governance, leadership, coach development and collaboration with other clubs is also taken into consideration. Among fierce competition winner of this year’s award was City of Sheffield Diving – but with Poole SC taking the runners-up spot.

Assistant Head Coach, Jan Hutchings, collected the award on behalf of Poole SC which was presented by Olympic swimmer Ellie Faulkner of City of Sheffield.

It was also a good year for the rest of the Swim England South West with the region bringing home a total of seven awards – five first places and two runners-up awards.

Photo: Jan Hutchings with City of Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner.