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Guy Fawkes scoops Aquaforce Volunteer Award

Guy Fawkes has received the ASA’s Aquaforce Volunteer Award 2010 for Outstanding Contribution at Club Level.

As Head Coach at Billingham ASC since 1999, Guy has transformed Billingham from a small club to one that competes with the biggest and best clubs in the country at county and national level.

Guy devotes over 30 hours every week to the club going straight to the pool from his work as a mining supervisor and then attending morning training at 6am after a night shift.

His determination and support has been an inspiration to all 150 members at Billingham and has helped to produce five national-level swimmers and Billingham’s first ever medal, silver, at the British Gas ASA National Championships.

On receiving his award Guy said: ‘To be recognised by my peers is really excellent. When my name was called out I couldn’t quite believe it but to get an award for doing something I love, well it’s just brilliant.’

Barbara Blakeburn, whose daughter Stephanie has been tought by Guy for the last seven year said: "Even now, after all this time, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of time and dedication he freely gives to the club.  Guy is inspirational to swimmers of all ages and all standards.

"Stephanie, who is now 16-years-old, has never trained with another club. With Guy’s remarkable coaching skills I have seen her progress from a county swimmer, then to a national swimmer and last year Stephanie was selected to represent Great Britain in the European Junior Championships. This was a very proud moment for us all.

"Guy motivates all of the swimmers in the club.  He has built up a fantastic rapport with them and also with their parents.  Guy’s commitment and knowledge of swimming is second to none."

Guy is also currently studying for Level 3 coaching qualification. 

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