Brian Barnett scoops Aquaforce Volunteer Award
79-year-old Brian Barnett has received the ASA’s Aquaforce Award for Outstanding Contribution at County/Regional Level.
Brian was nominated by Kim Benstead because he has dedicated his life to swimming in Nottinghamshire, playing an important part in both club and county development.
“Since he first joined Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club in 1972, Brian has been a total inspiration to the swimming community," said Kim Benstead, who is also from the club.
"He has dedicated many years to do the best possible for the swimmer, as in his own words, ‘it is the swimmers who count’.”
After representing his county in Athletics, Brian turned his interest to swimming and joined Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club when his son began to swim. Within a short time he decided that he wanted to be more involved with the club so he became a committee member and qualified as a swimming teacher, coach and lifeguard, dedicating three nights a week to the club.
He has also held most positions on the club’s committee and was Chairman for approximately ten years. He has also been a dedicated member of the Nottinghamshire ASA Executive Committee. In 1989, Brian was awarded his County Blazer Badge for outstanding work within the county and in 1998 he became President of Nottinghamshire County ASA. In recent years he has also overseen the forming of a County Management Board – a huge constitutional change for the sport.