Plymouth Leander’s Armayan and divers Heslop and Daley claim British Swimming awards

PLYMOUTH Leander coach Robin Armayan and divers Aidan Heslop and Tom Daley were among the winners at the British Swimming Awards for 2021-22.

Armayan claimed the outstanding para-swimming coach award after helping Reece Dunn claim five Paralympic medals, including three golds, in Tokyo last year. He has also helped fellow para-swimmer Cameron Vearncombe became a full Great Britain international.

“This means a lot to me,” said Armayan after receiving his award. “I’ve sacrificed a lot over the last few years and worked really hard, so to be recognised like that is something very important to me.

“It’s all team-work. The athletes, I wouldn’t be the coach I am today without them, but also my partner who puts up with me, and all the staff I work with at Plymouth Leander and Plymouth College – it’s all teamwork.”

Armayan, who helped coach athletes to both the Olympics and Paralympics last year, said the award was huge boost to him and would drive him on even more.

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Heslop not surprisingly won the outstanding high diver award after a outstanding 12 months.

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.

Meanwhile, Tom Daley was named 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.

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