In a glittering ceremony on Friday 16th June at Taunton Rugby Club, ITV’s Somerset correspondent, Ben McGrail, presented awards to the county’s inspirational sporting volunteers and coaches, outstanding athletes and quality clubs at the SASP 2017 Somerset Sports Awards.
The TS5C Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by sport’s charity TS5C, was presented to 17 year old swimmer, Brodie Williams.
Brodie Williams has two great pieces of news - another Junior British Title and selection for TeamGB at the World Junior Championships.
Having just returned from the Junior British Junior Championships in Sheffield where he won the title for the second year running
Brodie joined a small team of 17 swimmers who had been selected to represent GB in Toronto at the Ontario International Meet in Canada just before Christmas and recorded the fastest ever time for the 200m backstroke by a 17 year old boy from Great Britain
My season has started really well with some great swims. Firstly I represented and Captained the Somerset Team in the Inter Counties Championships in October. I won my event which was the 100 backstroke for the team and we finished overall a very respectable 4th.
"I am on my way home after a hugely exciting week in Sheffield. "
I started my week with an amazing 400 free winning gold in a time of 3.54.62 making my first 17/18 British National tittle.
Day two was the 100 back it was a huge field of experienced swimmers but I claimed the silver. Day three was an extremely tough race, the 400 IM. I qualified for the final relatively easily but again the competition was tough, I raced hard and was thrilled with another silver.
"This has been one of the biggest and most exciting weeks of my swimming career. I have been in Hungary since the 3rd of July swimming at the European Junior (18 and under) championships. I swam in numerous events and made 2 semi finals with my top placing being 11th in the 200 backstroke.