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Founders Prize

Winner 2017

Paul Wilkes Redditch World Masters

Founders Prize 2017

The winner of this year’s Founders Prize is Paul Wilkes from Redditch Swimming Club.

Paul has been a member of this Association for many years and has been the Redditch Boy’s Club Captain since the role was established in 2007. 

During the past 18 months Paul has achieved some outstanding 


In May 2016 - LEN European Masters Championships London:
100 Fly (30-34yrs.) Gold in a time of 56.98
200 Fly (30-34yrs.) Gold in a time of 2:10.45

In October 2016 - ASA Masters Championships Sheffield:
100 Fly (30-34yrs.) Gold in a time of 56.50
200 Fly (30-34yrs.) Gold in a time of 2:06.20


In August 2017 - 17th FINA World Masters Championships held in Budapest, Hungary:
200 Fly (30-34yrs.) Silver in a time of 2:09.09


Paul's British short course record of 2:04.49 presently puts him in 8th position on the FINA World Masters All time ranking list.

100 Fly   (30-34yrs.) 6th Place.

In October 2017 - ASA Masters Championships Sheffield:
100m Fly (30-34yrs.) Bronze in a time of 57.22
200m Fly (30-34yrs) Gold in a time of 2:07.45 three seconds ahead of nearest rival to defend his title.  He has now won this title since 2014. 
100m Breaststroke (30-34yrs) Silver in a time of 1:07.33

Worcester County Achievements

Paul has won the Men’s Open 200m Butterfly title at the Worcester County Championships for seven consecutive years and ten years altogether spanning from 2004.  His winning time last year was 2:07.85, he is the current record holder in a time of 2:06.39 having broken the record twice in 2011.

He has won multiple County Championship gold medals, including ten consecutive 100m Butterfly titles from 2004 to 2013.

I am sure you will agree that Paul is a very worthy winner of this year’s Founders Prize and will be presented with his award on Saturday 3rd February at the beginning of the second session.

Vivienne Hewitt

County Secretary



Presentation at this years WCSA Swimming Championships 2017:  Click Here

World Masters


Paul can be found featured in the Redditch Standard here:





















REDDITCH Swimming Club men’s captain Paul Wilkes performed superbly to win a silver medal at the FINA World Masters Championships in Hungary.

The 17th version of the event was held in Budapest and, swimming in his first World Championships, Wilkes competed in the 30 to 34-year age group, racing against swimmers from around the world including a former Olympic gold medallist.

He started with the 100m butterfly in which he came a respectable sixth in a time of 57.72 and his next swim was the 200m butterfly in which he swam an impressive race, eventually winning a silver medal.

Wilkes currently holds the British Masters swimming record in the 200m butterfly for the 30 to 34-year age group and won two gold medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly events at the London 2016 European Masters Aquatics Championships and two national titles (100m and 200m butterfly) at the British Gas ASA National Masters Championships.

“I am delighted to have competed in the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest and to have won a silver medal in my age group (30 to 34 years) in the 200m butterfly, particularly against so many high class athletes,” said Wilkes.

“I am extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to this success and I am very thankful for the support and encouragement of everyone at Redditch Swimming Club.”

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