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Volunteers’ Week Star Stories

Volunteers’ Week has been a great opportunity to raise the profile of aquatic volunteering and recognise the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to making the sport happen.

We have been incredibly pleased to see so many of you sharing your inspiring stories and pictures. Here are five of our favourites.

Kate Smith

3rd June - Morpeth ASC

On Day One of Volunteers' Week 2013, we celebrated the amazing work done by Kath Smith, Nortumberland and Durham Board member in organising the incredibly successful Northumberland and Durham Swimming Championships.

Kath worked tirelessly, booking the pool, putting together the meet programme and qualifying times and ensuring the officials are fed and watered during the competition. 

A different format was trialled at this year’s event, and feedback from competitors and spectators was that the Championships were a huge success!

Dave Robinson

4th June - East Region

Dave Robinson is a club secretary, county secretary and county representative to the East regional board, as well as records officer and discipline manager.

Dave is an instructor on regional referee courses and was President in 2010. He works tirelessly for the region and is a wealth of knowledge.

He has been a volunteer to the region since it's inauguration eight years ago and within his own club for many more, including on a national level at times.

Dave is the go-to person for any question, query or problem, he always answers promptly and courteously and his hard-working attitude is an inspiration to others. He and so many other volunteers are the backbone of our sport.


5th June

Broadstairs Lifeguard and Swimming Club Secretary Alan Tilbury said: "At our weekly swimming session last night we presented all our regular volunteers with 'Thank You!' certificates for Volunteers' Week.

"Everyone is so used to seeing the front desk covered in certificates for the children, some of the volunteers were quite emotional when they realised the certificates were actually for them."

Sue O'Leary

6th June - Abingdon Vale

To celebrate Volunteers' Week Abingdon Vale Swimming Club organised a Thanking You Reception. Every  volunteer received a Volunteers' Week  Thank You certificate, personalised to recognise them individually, special 'Thank You' cupcakes and treats were served, as well as tea and coffee.

Diane Law, Chairman of AVSC said, "We at Abingdon Vale have a very active volunteer community.  Almost every parent in the club helps out in one way or another - whether it is selling raffle tickets, warm-up marshalling at our home meets or helping organise social events.

"We also have 36 volunteer coaches, officials and committee members who dedicate a lot of time to the club on a regular basis.

"We are really grateful to have a club culture where everyone pitches in to help. A special 'Thank You' to our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sue O'Leary who organises and motivates our volunteers."

Clevedon Swimming Club

7th June

Clevedon Swimming Club have taken the opportunity this week to say a huge 'Thank You' to all their volunteers for the time and effort they donate to ensure the club operates smoothly.

A special message of thanks goes to Kirsty Crossan, Sue Clinton and Jane Smith. Kirsty, Sue and Jane work tirelessly to keep the club running and welcome new swimmers, as well as many other things. Everyone at Clevedon recognises what an amazing job they do – they do it so quietly and without fuss they deserve an extra special 'Thank You!'

To make sure volunteers know how valued they are, Clevedon SC are introducing a regular slot on their website for messages of thanks for volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. You can read more about Clevedon's fantastic volunteers and contact the club through their website www.clevedonasc.co.uk

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