National Aquaforce Award Winners announced at the 2011 ASA Swimming Conference.

The ASA Annual Swimming Conference took place on the 22nd October at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham. ASA members travelled from across the country to have the opportunity to attend informative and practical workshops along with the chance to engage with ASA staff members.

Guest speakers David Sparkes and Sir Keith Mills the deputy of LOCOG were in attendance and provided informative talks on the day, along with the keynote which was delivered by the ASA’s very own Youth Forum. Three Youth Forum members took to the stage to bring together ideas on the conference focus ‘Fit for the Future’. They highlighted and reinforced the importance of young people within aquatics and the organisation, and how the development of young leaders should be a key focal point for ASA clubs. The Youth Forum delivered an inspirational message setting the tone for the day; delegates were left feeling both moved and inspired.

Throughout the conference delegates had the opportunity to attend nine different workshops, two of which were facilitated by the ASA’s Youth Forum. The first of these ‘Developing Young Leaders’ encompassed an activity based session focusing on the importance of leadership and how to develop leadership skills. The second ‘Young Volunteers – You are the Future’ focused on how young people that want to volunteer within aquatics can get involved, looking at ways to tackle the barriers of them doing so. The Youth Forum also used this opportunity to showcase the work they have been doing over the past 12 months, and to discuss their areas of future focus. As part of the conference, delegates had the opportunity to also visit the Communication Zone. This provided them with the chance to understand what the ASA offers and how this can positively impact on their clubs. The afternoon saw the inauguration of the new ASA President Ray Gordon during the annual council meeting.   

Every year the ASA uses the Aquaforce Awards as a chance to thank those who dedicate vital hours, days and weeks to our sport. Regional winners attended the ASA Council dinner where the national winner for each category was announced. This gave each and every one the opportunity to share their achievements with friends, family and ASA staff. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our truly dedicated volunteer workforce who act endlessly to ensure the success of the sport. We would especially like to thank and congratulate our national winners!

  • Mary Hooper for an Outstanding Contribution at Regional Level
  • Louise Tustian of Banbury Water Polo Club for an Outstanding Contribution at Club Level
  • Peter Rushworth of Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club for Long Service Award
  • Declan Meakin of Sunderland Gateway Swimming Club for an Outstanding Contribution by an 18-25 year old.
  • Lydia Backhaus of Ware Swimming Club for the Young Volunteer
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