Ian’s life in swimming started when he taught his 5 year old daughter to swim whilst on holiday in the late 70s.
He was working for Lloyds bank at the time and studying for his banking exams which he passed, becoming an ACIB. The bank then moved the family to Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire and on Saturday mornings Ian took his daughter to swimming lessons at Hatfield pool. A lifeguard suggested that his daughter should join the swimming club, which she did and it was not long before Ian became involved helping on the poolside during squad sessions, morning and evening. He then took the preliminary teachers, followed by teachers and advanced teachers courses. Ian was asked be the club treasurer, and very shortly after that he was ‘headhunted’ to be county treasurer; a job which he carried out for 14 years, followed by 6 years as county secretary.
Ian has been county president twice and is still a member of the Hertfordshire ASA Management Board. As a representative from Hertfordshire Ian served on the management board of Southern Counties ASA district, and when the regions were being set up he was a member of the shadow board of ASA East Region. Subsequently Ian became the first chairman of the East Region, and is also chairman of the regional liaison committee. He is the ASA East Region representative to the ASA Board.
Ian has been a qualified official for many years, and is currently a qualified, licensed referee who officiates regularly at all levels from club and schools’ galas through to national level. A special part of Ian’s swimming life is The National Swimming League. When Paul Matthissen retired from running the London league of The National Speedo Swimming League he asked Ian to take over and subsequently became the national secretary. Ian has organised and run the finals day for the past nine years.