ASA celebrates volunteers at 2013 Aquaforce Awards
23 October 2013
The annual ASA Aquaforce Awards aim to recognise and thank the fantastic volunteers who dedicate countless hours to aquatics. It is no secret that volunteers are the lifeblood of our aquatic clubs, and we strongly believe no volunteering contribution should go unnoticed.
In 2013, the ASA asked you to take the time to stop and say ‘thank you’ to some of our dedicated and committed volunteers and that is exactly what you did. This year saw the highest number of Aquaforce nominations to date, and our congratulations goes to all those who were nominated.
National Aquaforce winners were announced at the ASA Council Gala Dinner, which took place on 19 October. Regional winners gathered at the Daventry Court Hotel to be rewarded and recognised for their achievements, with National Awards being scooped by Bryan Thompson, Amy Wilkinson, Ian Watson, John Hidle, Trevor Hyde, David Akers and Farnham Swimming Club.
Congratulations to each and every one of our regional and national winners, but we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our all of our truly dedicated workforce who act endlessly to ensure the sustainability and success of our sport. We simply could not do it without you!
Click each category below to see the regional and national category winners.
Club Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises ASA volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution within their club.
- North West - Lynn Stuttard
- North East - Jean Teague
- West Midlands - Paul Grainger
- East Midlands - Jean Thomas
- East - Bryan Thompson – 2013 Aquaforce National Winner (Bryan's daughter Amy pictured collecting the award on his behalf)
- London - Lesley Walker
- South East - Terry Kingsbury
- South West - Dean Pearce
Outstanding Contribution by a Young Volunteer
This award recognises ASA volunteers who have already made a difference within the world of aquatics.
- North West - Adam Toone
- North East - Amy Wilkinson – 2013 Aquaforce National Winner (pictured)
- West Midlands - Katherine Boulton
- East Midlands - Rebecca Barsby
- East - Amy Thompson
- South East - Nathan Barnes
- South West - Clodagh Dear
Outstanding Contribution to Swimming in the Community
This award recognises an individual or group of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to raise the profile of volunteering within aquatics, encouraging the widest possible participation.
- North West - Elaine Armstrong
- North East - Ian Watson – 2013 National Aquaforce Winner (pictured)
- West Midlands - Judy Tullett
- East Midlands - Vincent Gilman-Abel
- East - Su Felce
- South East - Christopher Lee
- South West - Joan Veale
Outstanding County or Regional Contribution
This award recognises ASA volunteers that have made an outstanding contribution to aquatics within their ASA region or county.
- North West - Brian Boyle
- North East - David Dickenson
- West Midlands - John Hughes
- East Midlands - John Hidle – 2013 Aquaforce National Winner (pictured)
- East - Amy Bryant
- London - Pam Crofts
- South West - Dave Bradley
Services to Officials’ Development
This award recognises ASA volunteers who have had a significant impact on the development of officials within any of the aquatic disciplines, at a club, county or regional level.
- North West - George Tatters
- North East - Ann Barker
- West Midlands - Stuart Highfield
- East Midlands - Howard Wilkinson
- East - Stephen Christian
- London - Trevor Hyde – 2013 Aquaforce National Winner (Pam Crofts pictured collecting the award on Trevor's behalf)
- South East - Pam Mattos
- South West - Les Debenham
Volunteer Teacher/Coach of the Year
This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a volunteer teacher or coach within their aquatic discipline.
- North West - Julie Jackson
- North East - Neil Stephenson
- West Midlands - Phil Powell
- East Midlands - David Akers – 2013 Aquaforce National Winner (pictured)
- East - Peter Jewell
- South East - Barry Smith
- South West - Nigel Butler
Celebrating Excellence in Club Volunteering
This special recognition award highlights the achievements of a club that provides an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all volunteers, demonstrates a clear workforce structure and offers development opportunities to ensure the sustainability of an effective volunteer workforce.
2013 National Aquaforce Winner - Farnham Swimming Club