It was a great end of the year for three members of Solihull Swimming Club.
Jake Vincent and Becki Kamau were both nominated for Warwickshire Swimmer of the Year for their outstanding achievements in their chosen sport.
Congratulations go to Jake who won the award – he joined SSC at the age of seven and swam in many galas, progressed to water polo at 13 and became hooked, rapidly progressing and soon began a permanent member of the junior squad where his talent gained him a place on the GB junior training scheme.
Jake was captain for Solihull Junior Water Polo, leading the team to Warwickshire and Midland League Championship wins. At 19 Jake was promoted to the GB senior squad, where he has competed in the World League and European Championships, in 2012 he achieved the ultimate ambition of competing in the Olympics. Jake is now permanently based in Solihull where he continues to play and also coach younger members.
Becki Kamau finished her incredible year, which included the Commonwealth Games, by becoming Midland Short Course Junior Champion in four events, the 200IM, 100 breast, 200 breast and 50 breast. She also broke the Midland Junior and Warwickshire County records for 200IM in a time of 2.17.34.
Caitlin Hubbard finished her great year in style. In November she broke two junior Warwickshire records – 50 fly in 29.20 and 100 fly in 1.02.40. She then went to the Midland Short Course Championship and became Junior Champion in 200 fly, 100 fly and the 50 fly in an incredible time of 29.04, breaking her own Warwickshire record. She also added the 200 fly Midland record in a time of 2.16.46.
Caitlin has also been selected for the England Talent Programme where she will take part in a three-day stroke course in January and to top her year off she has been selected to represent the West Midlands in Luxembourg this month at their European Meet.