Throughout the year, BASC also makes a number of Rising Star Awards to athletes who are not on funding and who have made a special performance at major championships. Special performances include personal bests or qualifying for the final at that championship. Awards are made by the BASC Committee, and winners also receive a cheque for £250
Elliot Giles was presented with his Rising Star Award by BASC committee member Chris Bradford for his superb bronze medal in the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.
Elliot finished in a time of 1:45.54, an improvement of some eight seconds over the last twelve months. Elliot had impressed in the British Championships winning in a time of 1:48.00 and was selected to represent GB&NI in the Rio Olympics.