Thomas Manley made an impact on the international scene as he was part of the Great Britain’s Men’s U19 side that reached the the LEN European Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
It was one of the highlights during a successful year for Manley, who also trained with the senior men’s side in the run up to the competition.
His success helped see him named as the Swim England Performance Athlete of the Year for water polo.
He said: “ I feel very honoured to win this award against all of the top water polo players in the country.
“I’m so glad I have been recognised for my achievements in the past year. I would like to thank my coaches and, most importantly, I can’t forget about them, my parents.
“They ferry me around everywhere, providing me with money, making sure I have a wonderful time and are always there supporting me, no matter what.”
Robyn yesterday signed to join Indiana University on a four year Water Polo Scholarship.
Robyn is looking forward to training with her new team, and their world class coaches; in a wonderful facility in addition to studying at a first class University.
There are so many people to thank, especially some very special team mates over the years who will remain friends for life and all the coaches who have showed so much Confidence in Robyn, and supported her every step of the way especially her club coaches:
Doug Litt who was Robyn’s first coach, the team at the Devonport National League side, Theo Nousios, Nick Buller at Otter and Phil Shears and Phil Whiting at Newton Abbot.
Robyn has had a fantastic National Career being in teams that have won two Regional and two National Age Championships as well as a Super Fives Championship; Internationally she has represented England at all age groups levels and GB at three European Championships; she now is very much looking forward to her time with Indiana.
Finally Robyn would like to thank everyone who has helped her reach this very special goal.