Published: Friday, November 3, 2017

After his world beating performance at the World Transplant Games in Spain during the summer, Matt Burrows has now been selected as a finalist for the Swim England National Awards 2017.   This year’s event is being held on 11 November at The Great Hall at the University of Birmingham and awards will be presented by Leon Taylor, Olympic Silver Medalist.

The ceremony will recognize participants across the entire Swim England pathway from youngsters learning to swim through to the elite athletes on the international stage, together with all those whose continued dedication ensure the smooth running of the sport in countless clubs across the country. 

Matt has been shortlisted in the ‘Senior Participant’ category which is designed to recognize significant personal achievement by older participants.  Matt’s stupendous success at the World Transplant Games in Malaga in June has gained him selection onto the shortlist.  Having received a kidney transplant after years of ill-health he decided to re-kindle his boyhood sport of swimming.  He entered his first ‘masters’ event in 2015 and has never looked back.  He qualified for the World Transplant Games as part of the Team GB and Northern Ireland contingent and seized the opportunity.  He won 7 Gold medals and broke 4 individual world records and 2 team relay world records to come away from the Games with the ‘Outstanding Athlete’ award.   

This performance has gained him selection for the national Swim England awards so I'm sure you will all join us in wishing him luck on 11 November and hope he once again comes home a winner!