Monday, November 19, 2018

Duncan Scott wins British Swimming award

Scotland's Duncan Scott has been crowned as British Swimming's Swimmer of the Year for 2018, after a momentous season that saw triumphs at all levels, most notably including Commonwealth and European titles.

Scott beat out Adam Peaty and Ben Proud for the award after taking Scottish swimming to new heights with his success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April, winning Gold in the 100m freestyle and adding another five medals to return home as the most dedicated athlete at a single games in Team Scotland history.

He then added to that success with Gold in the 200m freestyle in front of a bouyant home crowd at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, famously winning from the outside lane.

Scott also added a multitude of Silver and Bronze medals across both competitions and was a key part of the victorious British 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley teams that claimed Gold in Glasgow. On top of all his success he has toured the country as Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water's Learn to Swim Ambassador, playing a crucial role in getting more young children into the pool and becoming safe and confident swimmers.

Scott said: "First of all I was just honoured to get nominated. The names I was in with, Ben Proud and Adam Peaty, they're world class athletes.

"I've got to thank all the people who went out and voted so I'm just honoured.

Scott’s University of Stirling coach Steve Tigg was also recognised as Swimming Coach of the Year, while up-and-coming Scottish stars Toni Shaw and Lucas Thomson took home Emerging Athlete of the Year for their respective disciplines (para-swimming and diving). Shaw became a European champion at the age of 15 at the European Para Swimming Championships in Dublin in August, while Thomson marked his Commonwealth Games debut at 16 with an appearance in two finals, one alongside James Heatly and also the 10m platform individually.

British Swimming Chairman Maurice Watkins CBE said: “The British Swimming Awards are a fitting way of honouring and acknowledging our many athletes and coaches from across our aquatic sports.

"Their hard work and dedication striving always to achieve the best has been evident over the last 12 months of wonderful sport and gives me great confidence as we progress through this Olympic and Paralympic cycle towards Tokyo.”