Northumbria’s swimming legend Taka Suzuki could add another national title to his name this July, but this time it’s out of the water, after being shortlisted for the national BUCS Sportsman of the Year Award.
Now in his 4th year at Northumbria studying for his MA in International Sport Management Taka has already made a huge splash in 2019 achieving 3 Gold medals at the BUCS Long Course Championships in February and smashing the World Record for the S4 100m freestyle at the World Para series in Glasgow.
Head of Aquatics, Louise Graham, couldn’t be more pleased;
“Taka is working extremely hard at the moment and is on target for Tokyo 2020 [Paralympics]. He has already been selected to represent Japan at this year's IPC World Championships in London in September following his success at the World Para series and is currently ranked World Number 1 in 3 events in his category”
“Being shortlisted for this award is great recognition of his achievements. Competing in BUCS over the last few years has contributed hugely to his development as a swimmer and has really impacted on the profile of para-swimming. Winning this award would be a fantastic achievement in his University swimming career”
Taka has already been recognised for his ongoing achievements this year being shortlisted for the North East Disability Sport personality of the year, coming second to NE Paralympian and Northumbria Alumnus Stephen Miller, and being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award this year at the Northumbria University Sports Ball Awards.
This BUCS Awards Dinner takes place on the evening of Thursday 11 July at the University of the West of England, Bristol