SOUTH Shore Swimming Club life member Stephen Donovan has capped an outstanding season in the pool by winning Swimming WA’s Max Gerber Multi-Class Championship Trophy.
It was a case of sixth time lucky for Donovan, who finally broke through to win the coveted award after five previous nominations.
Donovan, who has Down Syndrome, has held a total of 23 Open T1 world records over the course of his career.
His strongest stroke is butterfly and he currently holds the long- course world record in the 200m event.
He has previously held world records in various long and short- course 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events, as well as the 400m individual medley.
Donovan began swimming as a nine-year-old and regularly competes both nationally and internationally; he has represented Australia on four separate occasions at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO) World Championships.
At the most recent DSISO World Championships in Mexico in 2014, Donovan scooped four gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
Donovan’s father Graeme said that swimming kept Stephen fit and healthy and that he loved to compete and win.
“Stephen swims six times a week and also does gym, CrossFit, balances and strike to keep him fit and maintain his strength and stamina,” he said.
“He also plays all abilities football with CBC Fremantle Football Club during the football season and dances regularly each week.
“Throughout the season Stephen competes at a range of swimming competitions, target meets and club nights.
“He also takes part in the Open Water Series over the summer.”
Donovan is now preparing to captain the Australian team at the 2016 DSISO World Championships in Florence in July.
Donovan was not the only South Shore Swimming Club member honoured at Swimming WA’s awards breakfast.
Club president Debbie Doody was nominated for Volunteer for the Year and also won the Swimming WA President’s non-swimmer award.
The club itself was also a finalist in the Best Metropolitan Club Award.