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Kate Shortman wins Swim England 2017 National Award

City of Bristol Aquatics were delighted that synchronised swimmer Kate Shortman was honoured at the Swim England National Awards 2017 held on 11 November in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham.

The event recognises the vast contribution of individuals and organisations from all areas of the sport with the Club a worthy finalist for the Club of the Year Award.

Kate won the award for Performance Athlete of the Year for Synchro having enjoyed success all year and shown her huge potential by reaching the Solo Free final on her World Championships debut in Budapest.

She scored 83.4667 for her routine, sealing the 12th qualification spot in the World Championships final. The 15-year-old was the youngest competitor in the 32-strong field at the competition and showed maturity beyond her years to impress the judges with her passionate routine, beating her personal best. This result made Kate the first British synchronised swimmer to qualify for a World Championship final since 2013.
Kate was away training and was unable to be at the ceremony. Her award was collected by her proud Dad, Mick. 

Kate, who also competed in the Duet in Budapest alongside partner Isabelle Thorpe, said: “I would like to thank everyone for this award. It’s been an amazing year for me. Making the Solo final at the World Championships in Budapest was definitely the highlight. I’ve set the bar really high and my focus now is on Tokyo 2020.”

Club Secretary Dave Beament shared his delight: "Well done Kate - a fantastic achievement and very well deserved!"

Mimi Gray took the England Talent Athlete of the Year award for her consistency and work ethic whilst training with the England Talent Synchro programme.

At the end of 2016, Gray took a clean sweep of titles at the National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester. At just 13, she impressed judges to take gold medals in the Figures, Solo, Duet and Team events.

Gray commented: “I was selected for GB juniors and seniors in September. It’s quite hard training with the senior team, but it’s very interesting. My target for next year is to be selected to compete for the GB senior team”

Jane Nickerson, Swim England CEO, said: “We have so many inspirational people involved at all levels of our sport and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate them at the Swim England National Awards. The day is also about thanking those behind the scenes who continue to encourage us to do our best, particularly our family and friends. I am thrilled that so many people were able to join us in Birmingham. On behalf of all everyone involved with swimming, I would like to congratulate all our finalists for their achievements.”

For more information on City of Bristol's synchro section including starter courses, click here

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