Swimming New Zealand Award winners via @SwimmingNZ Twitter
Yesterday, Lauren Boyle was named Swimming New Zealand’s 2016 Swimmer of the Year and International Swimmer of the Year.
After taking silvers in both the 800 and 1500 meter freestyles in Kazan this summer, Boyle has emerged as the world’s foremost non-Ledecky female distance swimmer. Boyle’s World Championships 800 swim smashed her own national and Oceanic records, while the 1500 would have taken down of Kate Zeigler’s previous record, which came before Ledecky’s historic 2013 swim.
After swimming 8:25.00 in the 800 this weekend at New Zealand Olympic Trials, well under the 8:33.97 ‘A’ cut, Boyle will most likely represent her country in the event in Rio.
Kane Radford, fresh off his fifth consecutive national title at New Zealand’s Open Water Championships in January, won Swimming New Zealand’s 2016 Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
S10 100 fly world record holder Sophie Pascoe, who won three golds at this summer’s IPC World Championships, took the award for 2016 Swimmer of the Year with a Disability.
The award for 2016 Relay Team of the Year went to the country’s men’s 400 medley relay from Kazan, Corey Main, Glenn Snyders, Bradlee Ashby, and Matt Stanley, who finished 16th at this year’s FINA World Championships.
Other honorees included:
- Eleanor Pinfold: Masters Swimmer of the Year
- Noel Hardgrave-Booth: Coach of the Year
- Wilrich Coetzee: New Zealand Swimming Trust Emerging Swimmer of the Year, New Zealand Swimming Trust Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the Year for the Harlequins
- Sam McKenzie: New Zealand Swimming Trust Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the Year for the Makos
- Chelsey Edwards: New Zealand Swimming Trust Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the Year for the All Stars
- Eliot Lundon-Moore: New Zealand Swimming Trust Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the Year for the Aquaknights
- Fiona Campbell: Volunteer of the Year
- Dianne Farmer: Technical Official of the Year
- North Shore Swimming Club: Performance Swimming Club of the Year