City of Newport Swimming Club held its annual awards
evening where some of the swimmers were recognised for their
A special trophy was presented this year called the Steven Lewis
Memorial Award. This award had been kindly donated by the family of
Steven Lewis who was a swimmer for the club.
Steven sadly passed away of cancer in December last year, at the
age of just 32. Steven was a very successful swimmer, especially in
the 400/800/1500m events, achieving success at regional and Welsh
national level. After he finished with competitive swimming, Steven
became a qualified lifeguard, swim teacher and then eventually
became a Duty Manager at the Active Living Centre. He was also in
charge of running the Newport Schools Swim Programme, and was
responsible for teaching thousands of children (over the years) to
learn to swim, many of whom have since joined the club.
This award recognises the most improved boy and girl of any age
in the Junior Development squad. The club is very proud to
commemorate Steven with this award and is now able to acknowledge
the hard-working Junior Development swimmers by presenting them
with this trophy. Unfortunately, Steven's parents were unable to
attend, but were represented by his brother Mathew and girlfriend.
Barrie Swift, Steven's former coach, presented the award. Barrie
Swift (centre) to Max Harris (right) and Darcie Childs (left).
Other awards of the evening went to Ben Slade for the Ken
Edwards Award for the most improved in the Dolphin Squad. Top Girls
within their age groups were Paige Simmons, Emme Thomas, Emily
Peacock and Elizabeth Smith. Top Boys were Iwan Edwards, William
Ryley, Cameron Brown and Ross Andrews.
Other achievements of the year included Cameron Brown, who set a
new Welsh Junior long course record in the 200m Freestyle at the
ASA British Youth Championships. He achieved a fantastic time of
Also Jonathan Eke set a new British short course record in the
S10 disability 800m Freestyle at the City of Newport Club
Championships achieving a time of 9.06.78 seconds.
Chairman, Mr Mark Campbell commented "The Club, through a
combination of paid and volunteer resources continues to provide a
competitive and fun environment where swimmers of all ages can swim
to the best of their ability and, as evidenced by some of our
recent record breaking results, are producing results of