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GB stars honoured at British Swimming awards

GB stars honoured at British Swimming awards
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Star athletes Andrew Mullen and Maisie Summers-Newton were among the winners at the British Swimming Awards on Saturday.

Mullen was named as Para-Swimming's Athlete of the Year ahead of fellow nominees Tom Hamer and Ollie Hynd, while the 15-year-old Summers-Newton took the prize for Emerging Athlete of the Year.

Mullen, who moved clubs in 2017, took silver in the S5 50m backstroke at the British Para-Swimming International Meet before setting a new personal best time in the same event a few months later at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield.

"It's a massive accolade and I'm super proud to come away with the award," said Mullen.

"We have such a depth of talent within Para-Swimming - it's really special and I'm really pleased. I've gone a lot faster than I was in Rio and it just shows me I'm doing the right things."

Summers-Newton enjoyed a breakthrough season setting two European records in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the British Summer Championships.

The Northampton swimmer clocked 1:36.15 in the heats before storming to a superb 1:34.99 effort for gold in the final, just 0.04 seconds shy of the world record and a time which would have won gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games. 

"It means everything, it just shows that all the hard work this season has paid off and makes me more determined to carry on working hard," said Summers-Newton.

The Para-Swimming Coach of the Year award went to Alex Pinniger, the man who trains Jessica-Jane Applegate and Jordan Catchpole at the City of Norwich club.

"It means so much and it was totally unexpected," said Pinniger.

"It's just been a fantastic year. Jessica-Jane and Jordan have done phenomenally well - this award is as much for them as it is for me."