SWIMMING: Pool heroes make it a joy for Tucker
TROWBRIDGE Amateur Swimming Club’s Sue Tucker says she is bursting with pride after the achievements of some of her club’s young swimmers this year.
Trowbridge were honoured as Inclusion Club of the Year at last week’s Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards and Tucker was on stage twice after picking up the Inclusion Coach of the Year award.
Club swimmers Aaron Moores, who was also named Sports Personality of the Year for an athlete with a disability after his medal-winning heroics at London 2012, and Chloe Davies, who also impressed on her Paralympics debut, made waves this summer.
Tucker, who established and runs her club’s disability squad, said: “I’m overwhelmed really and it’s an honour to be nominated and then to actually achieve the awards is brilliant for the swimming club.
“From the lifeguards to the teachers and everyone on the committee; they’re all volunteers and they all work so hard.
“We’ve had Chloe being the youngest swimmer in the GB Paralympic team and then Aaron, who got his silver medal. We are very proud of both of them and it’s great for all of the other swimmers to see what can be achieved.
“I know that I’ve got an award but it’s all for the club. We’ve got great teachers that support us. I’m very proud of all my little swimmers that have achieved so much.”
Paralympic hero Moores has no plans to stop parading his silver medal around his neck any time soon.
The 18-year-old Trowbridge swimmer clinched silver in S14 100m backstroke on his Paralympic Games debut at London 2012.
“It was the best feeling that I’ve ever had in my entire life and it was the best thing that ever happened to me as well.
“Loads of people have really wanted to see my medal. When I brought it in to college the other day and it was just crazy – everyone wanted to see it and get loads of pictures. I’m going to wear it forever. I might sew it to my T-shirt.
“I was expecting a bronze or fourth place and was just really pushing for third and when I looked up at the board, it was a silver. It was amazing.”
Young Sports Personality of the Year went to Melksham youngster Elliot Burbidge, who is a member of Devizes Budo Club.
Sean Price, an organiser of the Southwick Park Run series, was joint winner of the Roger Byrne Unsung Hero of the Year award, while West Wiltshire Diving Club’s Amy Cowley was named Young Coach of the Year.
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