Swimmer Max wins top apprentice award

Max Litchfield, awarded the AASE Apprentice of the Year
Max Litchfield, awarded the AASE Apprentice of the Year

Badsworth’s World and European Junior gold medal winning swimmer Max Litchfield has been awarded the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence’s Apprentice of the Year.

Max earned the award for his dedication, quality of work and demonstration of all the qualities required in being an elite athlete.

The AASE is a government-funded initiative that has been designed to help young people aged 16 to 18 combine education and sport. It is aimed at athletes who have a realistic potential of achieving excellence in their sport– and want to make a career of performing at the highest level – but who also want to continue with their education.

Other aquatic stars to have completed the programme since its introduction in 2006 include Rebecca Adlington and synchro stars Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison.

The presentation was hosted at the prestigious new FA sporting facility at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent. It began as an introduction to AASE for the 140 new apprentices. On hand were Olympian Grant Turner and Paralympian Ollie Hynd who brought along his London 2012 medals.

Max’s attendance at the event was his last as a Doncaster Dartes club member before he joins the City of Sheffield Swim squad.

Earlier this month he was part of the Great Britain 4x200m freestyle relay team that won gold at the World Junior Championships.