Ray Gordon Elected ASA President For 2011- 2012

Ray Gordon will add to his long and distinguished career in swimming by becoming the ASA President for 2011-2012, representing the ASA in this role during the 2012 Olympics.

Gordon was elected by his colleagues on the ASA Board for this prestigious post, made all the more important with the Olympics being held in London during his tenure.   The position of ASA President is usually elected by the Regions in rotation, but during Olympic year this decision falls to the ASA Board. 

With extensive first hand experience of international competitions including European and World Championships, Gordon attended the Beijing Paralympics in his role as Chairman of the British Swimming Disability Committee.  He has an in depth knowledge of the sport and its organisation through his work not only as an ASA Board member but as President of Newcastle Swimming Club, Member of the North Eastern Counties Executive and Finance Manager for ASA North East Region since 2002. 

Gordon will take over the role from the successor to current President John Russell and will be ably supported by his wife Linda Gordon, fellow leading volunteer and President of Northumberland & Durham Swimming Association.

ASA Chairman John Crowther said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce in advance that Ray is going to be the ASA President at the time of the London Olympics.  It is going to be such an important year for swimming and I am sure that having such a dedicated and knowledgeable President to represent us will be of great benefit.  Ray gives up all of his free time to officiate in competitions and assist in the development of the sport at local, regional and national levels”.

For more information contact the ASA PR Officer Claire Freeman on 01509 632265 or email claire.freeman@swimming.org

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