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Volunteering Stories

Do you want to know where volunteering can take you? Have a look at the stories below and become inspired.

Michael Herneman's Story

I have been coaching a group of young swimmers at Cheam Baths so they can improve their stroke or their speed levels. I also recently volunteered  at a swimming gala in Cheam and my role was to put the swimmers in the right lanes so the time keepers didn’t get confused over which swimmer was in their lane, it was a fun experience to be involved in. Lastly, I recently completed a Time Keeping course in London which was really fun. We learned how to use a stop watch correctly and average times. Next time I volunteer at a gala I will practice the skills I have learnt. My most enjoyable moment of the programme so far has been volunteering at galas. I enjoy taking part in galas because it is a great way to get involved and gain further experience. I am looking forward to volunteering at more galas in the future, and my aim is to volunteer at the Olympic Games.

Michael Harris's Story (23)


I am currently volunteering with the ASA by helping my mentor at swimming galas for schools at Craven Swimming Pool in Skipton. I have also completed my Team Manager Training Level 1 at Pond Forge Sheffield which I really enjoyed. Volunteering has helped me with my confidence and social interactions as I have Autism.

From the 23rd to the 24th July 2011 I went to an ASA Open Water Swimming Event at Rother Valley. This was a 2 day event where I worked within a large team, undertaking team building and icebreaker exercises and fact finding. I was also interviewed by the ASA Youth Forum for my contribution, and participated in giving medals to everyone who finished the mass participation race.  I also helped the the ASA County Presidents giving the swimmers First, Second and Third place medals for different age groups. I was thanked for my enthusiasm and professional manner.

If you would like to see more of what our young volunteers have been getting up to click here to watch the First Light award winning video following volunteers from the mygames 'Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming' programme.

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