British Swimming and ASA mourn Noel Winter
30th January 2012
British Swimming and the ASA are mourning former GB water polo player and ASA facilities officer Noel Winter, who passed away on 29 January 2012.
Noel's funeral will take place on Wednesday 8th February at 3:20pm at:
Wilford Hill Crematorium, Loughborough Road,
West Bridgford, Nottingham. NG2 7FE.
Afterwards, all are invited to gather for refrsehment at:
The Rancliffe Arms
139 Loughborough Road
Bunny, Nottingham, NG11 6QT.
The Rancliffe Arms is four miles South of the Crematorium, on the A60 Loughborough to Nottingham Road.
Noel was heavily involved with water polo and facilities in the West Midlands and the North West and was in his facilities officer role at the ASA between 1999 and 2010.
He received the ASA’s prestigious Harold Fern Award in 2010 (image below) for his outstanding contribution to aquatics.
After starting his involvement with aquatics as a backstroke swimmer in Wednesbury, Noel switched his attention to water polo, helping Wednesbury progress to Midland League champions before playing in the National League for Walsall.
He enjoyed great success for Walsall, becoming captain and playing alongside British internationals such as Mick Hands, Mick Hale and Glyn Hodges.
In 1964, Walsall made their first ever ASA Club Water Polo Championship Final going down 6-5 to Otter before winning their first title in 1967 when they beatn Birkenhead 9-7.
He was selected for Great Britain for the first time in 1967 and played in the Olympic qualification tournament a year later.
Noel went on to coach the British senior team and the under 20s and while he didn’t make an Olympics as player or coach, he admitted working on the successful bid for the London 2012 Olympic Games had felt as though he’d made his Olympics.
Known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of swimming facilities, one of Noel’s legacies was his involvement in the construction of Varley Street pool in Manchester – at the time the only deep-all-over-water pool in the country apart from Crystal Palace.
He was a member of the ASA facilities committee from the late 1970s, taking over as secretary in 1987 and continuing in that post until he joined the ASA staff in 1999.
Away from the ASA, Noel was a Fellow of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) for whom he was a member of the National Council for 20 years, 19 of which were in the post of National Treasurer with the responsibility for guiding the National Council on Financial matters. He was also a member of their examination board making policy on education and setting and marking papers.
Noel is survived by his long-term partner Jackie and three children Sarah, Andrew and Simon.