Swimmer Sarah given civic award

Able2 swimmer Sarah Shutt with some thos the trophy's and medals she has won

Able2 swimmer Sarah Shutt with some thos the trophy's and medals she has won

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Featherstone swimmer Sarah Shutt has added a civic award to her long list of medals and achievements.

Sarah, 39, received a Featherstone civic award from town mayor Coun Richard Taylor at a special presentation earlier this month.

Despite only starting the sport three years ago, she has already competed in 11 national swimming championships and two European championships.

Sarah broke two European records and a world record at the Special Olympics National Games in Bath last September.

She was representing her county at the event and she also swims for Able2 Pontefract and Minsthorpe Marlins.

Kim Sunderland, who has been Sarah’s support worker for nine years, said: “We’ve lost track of just how many awards Sarah has won.

“She’s only been competing for three years but it’s given her more confidence and she really enjoys it.”

Steve Peace, chairman of Able2 Pontefract, said: “We are so proud of Sarah’s achievements and we are really pleased to have her in our squad.”

Gary Hope, who played football for Great Britain in the Special Olympics, also received a civic award.

Coun Taylor said: “It’s great to have people in Featherstone who are so worthy of the council’s civic awards.

“Both Miss Shutt and Mr Hope had been nominated by Coun Maureen Tennant-King, who said it was nice to acknowledge their achievements.”

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