The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2011 Focus - Wednesday
With the countdown to the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2011 well under way, we are going to take a closer look at the nominees for two awards each day.
Today’s spotlight is on the nominees for the Parent of the Year and the Senior Swimmer of the Year awards.
Parent of the Year
Neil Woodhouse from Kidderminster, Worcestershire
- Neil devotes a huge amount of time to enable his daughter to train five times a week. He also takes her to endless galas, often all weekend.
- Neil has also become the Welfare Officer for his daughter’s club, taken a course in judging and he is now an official timekeeper at all Droitwich galas.
Marion Limbird from Gloucestershire
- Marion provides a huge amount of support for her local club, Gloucester City Swimming Club.
- As well as having two children at the club, she is also a Chaperone and Welfare Officer.
- Marion is always very attentive with swimmers, reminding them to have a drink, telling them when it is time to get changed and she is always ready and waiting with a warm smile.
Sue Daly from Flintham, Nottinghamshire
- Sue volunteered to help out when her local Water Polo club was struggling to stay afloat. As a mother of one of the players, she was quick to step in when the club was threatened with closure.
- Sue attended the AGM and liaised with the Coach to help the club become more established and profitable.
- The club now offers taster sessions to local children and it is now as financially secure as the swimming side of the club.
Senior Swimmer of the Year
Cliff Ward MBE from Yarm, Cleveland
- Cliff has been a stalwart of Stockton ASC for many years. He has been committee member and was appointed Honorary Secretary.
- After overcoming a triple hernia operation at 79 years old, Cliff went on to take the British Record for the 80-84 age group at the British Gas ASA Masters Championships in the 50m and 100m backstroke.
- Sadly, under the instruction of his Doctor, Cliff has had to refocus his efforts on his health and has had to resign from his post of Honorary Secretary.
- He has been married to the sport for 68 years and still plans to keep swimming.
Glynn Revill from Immingham, Lincolnshire
- Glynn suffered from a stroke just over five years ago, which left him totally paralysed for months.
- It took two years for Glynn to learn how to walk again and once he started to regain confidence, he was encouraged to attend the disabled swimming class at Immingham Swimming Pool.
- Glynn has a wonderful sense of humour and is an integral part of the class, he has a great drive to keep going and can now swim 25m with some assistance, an excellent achievement.
Ian Sandison from Fife, Scotland
- Ian has taken part in the Big Scottish Swim for the past two years, on behalf of the charity Sue Ryder.
- He first took part in 2010 at the age of 73 and trained by swimming 80 lengths of the pool each morning. Ian completed the one mile open water swim in just 40 minutes, raising around £5,000 for the charity.
- Ian took part again in 2011 with his son and two grandsons. The family achieved their combined target of completing the swim in less than 100 minutes.
- Although he has now hung up his wetsuit, Ian will return in 2012 as a VIP starter.
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