Kay, although taking part in many sports, concentrated on athletics in her youth and competed in the Olympic Trials for the high jump. The only swimming Kay had ever done was at school and she did not become involved in the sport of swimming until she married.
Kay joined Ravensbourne SC, in 1970 as a swimming parent and this is where her interest in swimming and administration of it began. She was involved in the amalgamation of the four Lewisham Clubs to become Saxon Crown in 1975. When her son Rich moved to Beckenham SC Kay joined too and was on the Executive there for about eight years and was appointed a Life Vice President. In 1984 when Rich went Michigan State University she returned to Saxon Crown, to join her husband who was then Chief Coach, taking her Teaching and Coaching Qualifications. As a qualified ASA Club Coach she became Assistant Coach as well taking various posts on the Executive including ten years as Secretary. This commitment was recognised by Saxon Crown who made her a Hon life member.
Kay is also a member of Bromley SC and a Member of the Kent County Executive Management Board. Kay has held various posts and is currently Kent London Secretary/contact for London Kent Clubs. She tutors British Swimming Officials’ examinations and is a Referee Course Leader. She also tutors Team Managers for the Region. She became an Official in 1987, and has officiated in the Manchester Commonwealth Games and was a FINA Masters Referee.
She joined Southern Counties ASA (SCASA) Executive in 1996 and became SCASA Swimming Manager and was also a Team Manager for some years. She has been on the Board of London Swimming since its inception and is London Swimming Manager in addition to which she heads the Events Management Committee. She is also on the London Swimming Coach Forum. She has been Administration Officer of the National Swimming League, London for many years and was Secretary of the Kent Junior League for nine years. She became a Shadow Member of the ASA Board the year before Regionalisation and a full member upon Regionalisation in 2005. Kay was Kent County President in 2001 and London Region President in 2007/8. In 2009 Kay was appointed ASA President of the Amateur Swimming Association.