Swim England South West Personal Achievement Award 2019

Swindon Dolphin’s Suzanna Hext has been selected by the South West Region to receive the Swim England South West Personal Achievement Award 2019.

The Personal Achievement Award is a recognition of a Swim England members past 12 months achievements. Suzanna started 2019 with her sights set on qualifying for the Regional Championships, and the past 8 months Suzanna’s achievements have been nothing short of incredible, surpassing even her wildest dreams, highlights so far include:

  • Completing her GB Para Classification in January 2019 with S5, SB5 and SM5 classifications.

  • Attended the BUCS Champs at Sheffield in February 2019 setting a new Long Course 50m S5 British Record. This was Suzanna’s first ever LC competition.

  • In April, swam in the Gloucester L2 Open meet setting new S5 British Short Course records in 50m & 200m Freestyle.

  • In the above Open Meets, qualified for both the Regional Championships and British Championships.

  • Also in April, attended the British Para-Swimming International Meet inc. WPS World Series in Glasgow where she underwent her International Classification. Following her races in Glasgow, Suzanna was invited to join the GB Para Team at the World Championships in London in September.

  • Attended the British Championships in Glasgow in July, winning GOLD in the 50m Freestyle Multi – Classification event.

Despite Suzanna’s severe injuries, she is also trialling for Team GB in Equestrian and is aiming for Paralympic selection at Tokyo to represent Team GB 2020 in both Equestrian and Swimming.

Suzanna, who has just finished training with the GB Para Team in Italy in preparation for the World Para Championships, said:

“What an honour to receive an email saying I’ve been selected for a Swim England South West Personal Achievement Award for my Para Swimming this year. The biggest thankyou has to go to Swindon Dolphin ASC for all your help and support, especially Dean, Nigel, Paula, Kerry, Andy, Lisa, Colin, Jacky, Dave and the whole club. You’ve been so incredibly supportive”

Suzanna has automatically been nominated for the National Personal Achievement Award and has been invited to attend an awards ceremony at the University of Birmingham in November.


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