Plymouth aquatic stars in the running for top British Swimming awards

PLYMOUTH aquatic supporters will be keeping a close eye on this weekend’s British Swimming Awards.

Plymouth Leander coach Robin Armayan, swimmers Reece Dunn and Ben Proud and divers Aidan Heslop, Owen Weymouth and Tom Daley are all in the running for awards, which are taking into account both the seasons 2021 and 2022.

Heslop and Weymouth will be battling it out for the outstanding high diver award on the evening.

Heslop has enjoyed an impressive 12 months in high diving. Last December, he won the FINA High Diving Qualifier in Abu Dhabi before going on to finish as runner-up in this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. He took victory at two rounds of the series and claim three more podium places. He also finished sixth at the European Championships just after competing at the lower 10m level for Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Fellow Plymothian Weymouth also represented Great Britain at this summer’s European Championships and was named best male high diver at the Abu Dhabi Aquatics Festival last year.

Tom Daley is nominated for the outstanding diver of 2021-22 for his success at last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo where he won a synchro gold medal with Matty Lee and an individual bronze. He became the first British diver to claim four Olympic medals.

Plymouth Leander swimming star Dunn is in the running for outstanding para-swimmer of 2021-22 after finishing as Great Britain’s most decorated aquatics star at last year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo, where he won three golds, a silver and a bronze and claimed three world records. This year he helped GB win two relay medals at the World Para Swimming Championships and an individual silver and also competed at the Commonwealth Games.

Leander’s Armayan is nominated for outstanding para-swimming coach for his work with Dunn and he has also helped Cameron Vearncombe became a full Great Britain international.

Armayan said: “What an honour and a surprise to have been nominated for outstanding para-swimming coach of 2021/22 award.”

Former Plymouth Leander star Proud is in the running for the outstanding swimmer of 2021-22, where he is up against Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott and Tom Dean.

Proud has enjoyed a dream 2022, becoming the first person in history to win the 50m freestyle World, European and Commonwealth titles in the same year. He also won 50m butterfly gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Former Plymouth Diving coach Alex Rochas, now at Dive London, is also among the nominations. He is in the running for outstanding diving coach of 2021-22.

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