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ASA’s Noble passes away

28 Jun 2010
James (Jim) M. Noble, one of life’s gentlemen, who worked tirelessly for swimming mainly behind the scenes throughout most of his adult life, passed away peacefully in hospital following a heart attack.

Jim started his swimming career with Bradford Dolphins as a competitor and Water Polo player. In 1941, he joined the RAF and represented Bomber Command in the RAF Championships.

Following teacher training, Jim taught in secondary schools in Halifax and subsequently took up a teaching post in Southport where he was eventually to be appointed head teacher. 

Alongside his work in school swimming Jim became heavily involved in the activities of Southport Swimming Club as competitor, Water Polo player, teacher, coach and club official. In 1956 he was presented with the Northern Counties ASA Coaching Award (1st class).

In 1969 Jim was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the teaching, coaching and administration of swimming in the USA.

Following the retirement of Norman Sarsfield as Honorary Secretary of the ASA Education Committee, Jim Noble was appointed his successor in 1968, a post he occupied with distinction for the next five years. He was elected Chairman of the Committee in 1976, a post he filled for the following six years.

Jim’s major contribution to the work of the ASA Education Committee was in the publications field. From 1974 to 1992 he was at the helm of ASA publications being the member responsible for convening and reporting on the progress made by the publications working party.

Outside of his Committee work Jim was an active ASA examiner and moderator and a frequent tutor of ASA teaching courses.

In addition to his work for the ASA Jim was also an author in his own right. His most successful publication (with co-author Alan Cregeen) is Swimming Games and Activities the third edition of which was published in 2009. It was also published in Spain in 2001.

Jim also acted as consultant to the Children’s Encyclopaedia Britannica on swimming matters. 

In recognition for his outstanding service to swimming and ASA education, Jim Noble was presented with the Harold Fern Award in 1992.

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