Brodie Williams was crowned TS5C’s Young Sports Achiever of the Year Award at this year’s Somerset Activity & Sports Awards.
19 year old Brodie is part of the Millfield School training programme, the same programme that Olympic medallist and World Champion James Guy undertook, and is coached by former international swimmer Euan Dale.
He has had his most successful year to date, transitioning into the senior ranks of British Swimming. He claimed silver in the 200m Backstroke at the 2018 British Championships in Edinburgh which helped secure him his first call-up to a senior international competition, representing Great Britain at the 2018 European Champions in Glasgow. He reached the semi-finals of both the 100m and 200m Backstroke events and swam as part of the gold medal-winning relay team for the Men's 4x100m Medley.
Alan Gloak, Chairman of TS5C (www.ts5c.org), explained the decision to make Brodie the charity’s Young Sports Achiever for 2018: “We have supported Brodie for a few years now and have watched his progression with admiration and pride. He is committed and passionate about his sport, and we have every confidence that he will be a medal winner in his own right for Team GB in the not-too-distant future.”
This year’s Highly Commended Award to a new TS5C Athlete goes to 16 year old handball player Joe Nelson from Walton. In August he joined the England Handball Futures programme, gaining his first cap at an international tournament in Denmark. He has now moved up to play U19 handball for a team in Stroud that competes regionally. Alan said: “Joe is an inspirational and determined young man, making his mark on a relatively unknown and unfunded sport, despite handball being part of the Olympics.”
Two athletes were given Outstanding Achievement Awards: rugby player, Jessica Cooksey from Axbridge, and trampolinist, Corey Walkes from Radstock.
17 year old Jessica has had a phenomenal year. Highlights include being selected in a 12 player squad for England Women U18 sevens for the Rugby Europe U18 Championships, and the U18 squad for a new Home Nations sevens competition. In August, she was selected for England Women U20 tour of Canada playing in two of the three matches. She now plays for Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC in the Tyrrells Premiership. Alan Gloak said: “Jess has done amazingly well to be playing at such a level at 17 and we look forward to her receiving full honours.”
Corey has also had a fantastic year. After a tough 2016/17 due to injury, 17 year old Corey began his comeback in late 2017, winning his first and second international completions in 2018 in Portugal and The Netherlands. A double Silver at the 26th European Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships held in Azerbaijan in April was followed by him becoming 2018 British Champion in
the 17 – 21 Elite Men’s category in Birmingham in September, beating over 500 competitors from 80 clubs. Alan Gloak: “To come back from injury in any sport is tough, but to then go on to become British Champion is simply amazing. One to watch out for at future Olympics! ”