WRAS athlete with a disability Rachel Staines from Bathurst has been awarded the Beverley Whitfield Encouragement Award for swimming. She received the award on the weekend whilst competing at the Multi Class NSW swimming championships at Homebush.
The Award is named after an Australian legend in swimming. Beverley Whitfield’s achievements in the pool were outstanding. In 1970, at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, Beverley won a gold medal in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and the medley relay, each time breaking a Commonwealth record.
At the age of 18 years at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, Beverley set a new Olympic record by taking out a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke, making her the first Australian woman in 40 years to win that event. She also won bronze in the 100m breaststroke.
The Award rounds off a great year for Staines who has been tearing up her opponents in the pool. Only recently Staines competed in 8 races at the Australian Age Multi Class Champs in Homebush, swimming 7 PBs and winning 2 Bronze medals.
Staines has a small break in her schedule now however will continue to train in preparation for the busy competition season in January 2012.