Martin is our smooth swimming Swiss winner

Martin Schweizer collects his award
Hugs all round: Martin Schweizer collects his award

Rio hopeful and swimming superstar Martin Schweizer has been awarded Sports Person of the Year at MMU’s Sports Awards Ball.

The multiple Swiss record holder was presented with his award at the annual event at MMU’s student union on Wednesday 25th May.

Martin, 27, faced stiff competition from fellow Manchester Thunder’s Gabby Marshall, Manchester Giant Jerelle Okoro and Commonwealth Games track cyclist Ellie Richardson.

Martin, who is graduating this summer, was incredibly pleased to win the award.“This is a really nice finish to my MMU career,” he said.

Martin will spend the next couple of months concentrating on Olympic qualification. If that task wasn’t enough, Martin has had to balance being an elite athlete and completing his BA in International Business and Marketing.

Martin says the balance has been worth striking.

“I dream about qualifying for the Olympics,” he said. “I’ve had a really busy time at university but I’m positive.

“For me the balance between university and swimming was very beneficial – one was supporting the other.”

Martin, who specialises in 50m and 100m breaststroke, is very grateful to the support his MMU Sport scholar has provided him with.

“My best year in swimming, breakthrough year at international level in my first and second year.

“Since then I’ve been to three world champs, four European champs, I represented MMU at the world university games and swam in the final twice in 2013 and 2015.”

All four shortlisted for the award are recipients of MMU Sport’s scholarship and MMU Sport’s Performance Sport Officer Callum Jones praised his hard work.

“We are really pleased for Martin,” he said.

“He has been a huge asset to the university throughout his three years at MMU and a very committed and successful scholar for MMU, in BUCS championships and winning numerous medals.

“Martin has been pleasure to work with this year and everyone at MMU Sport wishes him great success in his future endeavours.

“We are very proud of all our scholars and the sports awards were a great way to round off a fantastic year at MMU Sport.”

Martin will face his final chance to qualify for Rio in the Summer Swiss National Championships between July 1st and 3rd.

Other award recipients were:

  • Team Of The Year 2016: Rugby League Men 1st
  • BUCS Club Of The Year 2016:  Netball
  • Sports Club Of The Year 2016: Cheerleading
  • Club Official Of The Year 2016: Kezia Pullinger
  • Most Improved Club 2016: Men’s Football
  • Brownhill-Evans Memorial Award 2016: Ross Sharman
  • Event of the Year 2016: Taekwondo Fight Night
  • Sports Personality Of The Year 2016: Dave Corps

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