Another accolade for Throssell
UWA West Coast Swimming Club member Brianna Throssell was awarded her third Lyn McClements medal at the 2018 Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards at Hyatt Regency on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old Karrinyup swimmer took home the coveted award, named after one of WA’s individual Olympic gold medallists, Lyn McClements.
This medal adds to her collection of accolades. Throssell has just returned from the Commonwealth Games, where she won gold in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, 100m butterfly bronze and came fifth in the 200m butterfly.
Coached by Coach of the Year Mick Palfery, Throssell beat a star-studded field which included Games teammates, George Harley, Blair Evans, Zac Incerti and Holly Barratt, to win the award.
The evening also saw Travis Nederpelt inducted as the 58th member of the Swimming WA Hall of Fame.
The 35-year-old is a twotime Olympian competing in the 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly.
Nederpelt has been a member of the Swimming WA Board since 2016 and since his retirement from competitive swimming, owns his own personal training business. He is also head coach at the Tuart Hill Swimming Club.
A new category – the Swimmer of WA Hall of Legends awards – was presented this year. This category recognises outstanding swimming performances at an international level.
The first two inductees to the Swimming WA Hall of Legends were Elizabeth Edmondson and Lyn McClements.
Edmondson won WA’s first swimming gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 1964 for multi-class freestyle, while McClements won the 100m butterfly at the 1986 Olympics in Mexico.
Swimming WA president Louis Van Aardt congratulated all swimmers, thanking coaches, support networks and clubs.
“We are looking forward to what the future holds for WA swimmers in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020,” he said.
Swimmer of the Year Brianna Throssell.