Blackburn centurions awards evening

“What a Marvellous Team of Swimmers. Awards Galore at Blackburn Centurions Presentation Night”

Blackburn with Darwen, Monday 19th November 2018: Blackburn with Darwen’s performance swimming club Blackburn Centurions presentation evening was held on Saturday 17thNovember at Jacks Bar, Ewood Park the home of Blackburn Rovers. Close to 200 swimmers and their families joined together to celebrate the club’s successes at the annual presentation night. The presentation night takes place every year to present medals and trophies for achievements in swimming whilst representing Blackburn Centurions during 2018.

Awards presented by Damian Talbot

All awards were presented by Councillor Damian Talbot to the Micro League Team, North Lancashire Swim League Team, North West Arena League Team, qualifiers in the County and Regional Championships and those swimmers selected to represent North Lancs in the Inter-Association Gala. A special spotlight shone on two swimmers, Anastasia Hartshorne-Evans from QEGS, aged 13 who achieved County and Regional standard as well as representing North Lancs at the Inter-Association Gala and Oliver Tsang-Walmington aged 14 from Darwen Vale High School who achieved County and Regional standards. Both swimmers were in their first year of competitive swimming which demonstrates you can start this sport at any age and excel.

Darren Newsham, Head Coach and his team chose the swimmers of the year in the individual squads – 

Rising Stars

Erin Fletcher from St Peters RC Primary School in Blackburn

Caden Quinn – St James C of E Primary School in Lower Darwen


Joel Duncan from DACA

Hannah Larmour from Feniscowles Primary School


Ella-Jane Duncan from DACA

Ethan Taylor from Darwen Vale High School


Oliver Tsang-Warmington from Darwen Vale High School

Amy Ainsworth from QEGS


Lottie Mead from St Bedes

Zach Walmsley from Canon Slade

Most Improved awards went to

Lucy Brown from Ashleigh Primary School

Sam Murphy from Canon Slade

Synchro Swimmer of the Year went to

Kittie Berry from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School Darwen


Two special “Chair awards” were awarded to the following swimmers for always trying their best and smiling about it as well.

Emily Shorrock from Meadowhead Junior School

Amelie Smethurst – Canon Slade


Special Awards for services to the club were awarded

Poolside Helper of the Year 2018 – Charlotte Taylor

Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Emma McGregor

Outstanding Contribution Award 2018 – Lindsay Hargreaves

Overall “Swimmers Swimmer Award” voted by squad swimmers went to Lottie Meade of St Bede’s, Blackburn

Councillor Damian Talbot said “I was honoured to be invited to present this year’s awards – in the club’s 140th year! It was absolutely fantastic to hear about the achievements of the award winners and also great to see the club’s many volunteers recognised as well. Well done to everyone at the club for another year of success. I’m sure there are many more to come”

Nick Hartshorne-Evans Chair of Blackburn Centurions comments “There is nothing more exciting than seeing all our young members brimming with pride and excitement when they walk up to receive their award. Our young team of swimmer’s train and compete across the year with ups and downs but they all keep going, trying to improve and this evening was about a celebration of their endeavours and successes. I would also like to thank the parents, family and guardians who not only turn up and support the swimmers and the club but also act as taxi often travelling across the North West to get the swimmers to their venue on time”

Blackburn Centurions, based at Darwen Leisure Centre is a competitive Swim England affiliated and SwimMark Essential Club, the only in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen. Swimmers compete and represent Blackburn Centurions across many competitive events where swimmers gain ASA times to qualify for County, Regional and National Championships. Ana Hopkin recently won a Bronze Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018, she started her swimming career at Blackburn Centurions.  The club trains at Daisyfield swimming pool Monday and Tuesday and at Darwen Leisure Centre Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday. To contact the club for further details please email








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