British Swimming's award winners roll-call on Oscars night

9 Feb 2020

They may not be gracing the Oscars' red carpet tonight, but with some show-stopping performances in their own right, here's a little recollection of some awards received by our aquatics stars in recent times

Olympic year is now upon us, but 2019 provided plenty of eye-catching moments for Britain's elite swimmers, para-swimmers and divers, with a host of medals and titles won. 

Alice Tai clinched a stunning seven golds at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, Adam Peaty broke the 57-second barrier on his way to retaining his world Men's 100m Breaststroke crown in Gwangju, and Jack Laugher and Tom Daley won overall FINA Diving World Series titles 

On top of that, there were plenty of award wins for our athletes, as their achievements in the pool and off the board were recognised on dry land. 

Here's a reminder of some of those prizes...

Mel Marshall BT Sport
Mel Marshall (left)

Tai's incredible year ensured she led the way, being named British Swimming's Athlete of the Year at November's ceremony. 

She was also crowned Sunday Times' Disability Sportswoman of the Year and the Sports Journalists Association Para Athlete of the Year, while she is up for the international Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. 

The winner of that will be confirmed in Berlin on February 17. 

Peaty completed 'project 56' as he took his tally of World Championship golds to eight in Gwangju, retaining the 50m and 100m Breaststroke titles and playing his part in a sensational Men's 4x100m Medley Relay triumph. 

That saw him named LEN's European Swimmer of the Year for 2019 - the third time he has won that award - while coach Mel Marshall was also celebrated for her pivotal role in helping Peaty, the relay team and many other athletes besides on the elite stage.

Adam Peaty
Adam Peaty was named LEN European Swimmer of the Year for a third time

The National Centre Loughborough Lead Coach received the BT Sport Action Woman Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a UK Coaching award.

City of Glasgow Swim Team Performance Development Head Coach Danielle Brayson also took to the stage at that ceremony, as she was named Talent Development Coach of the Year. 

Brayson played a huge role in the rapid development of para-swimmer Louis Lawlor in 2019, who won an S14 100m Backstroke bronze on his international debut at the World Para Swimming Championships.

She also has a leading volunteering role with the Scottish National Youth Squad, and helped Mark Ford and Katie Shanahan secure places on the British team for the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival.

Back in the pool, a successful World Para Swimming Championships for British athletes saw more of them recognised come sporting award season.

Toni Shaw Maisie Summers-Newton BBC Young Spoty
Toni Shaw and Maisie Summers-Newton made the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year top 10

Ellie Challis' maiden senior international medal - in the Women's S3 50m Backstroke event at the Worlds in London - saw her crowned winner of SportsAid's annual 'one to watch' award.

Challis' teammates Toni Shaw and Maisie Summers-Newton both made the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year top 10, with Summers-Newton named among the final three, before boxer Caroline Dubois won the overall prize.

Tully Kearney also enjoyed a superb World Championships, a hat-trick of titles in the Women's S5 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle events resulting in her being given a Daily Mirror Pride of Sport award. 

Elsewhere, British Swimming won two awards at the inaugural PLX Awards, and City of Liverpool Swimming Club claimed the British Summer Championships club of the year gong after the summer meet.