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Sparkes awarded OBE in birthday honours

British Swimming and ASA Chief Executive David Sparkes has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his services to swimming.

Sparkes has been given an OBE for dedicating his time and passion to developing swimming in the UK.

He has been involved with the sport for most of his life taking on roles as a coach, District Secretary and Chief Executive of the governing body.

“I am delighted to receive this National Honour,” Sparkes said today.

He continued: “However the massive progress we have made in swimming has been due to a great team effort.

“The team we have in swimming is fantastic and it has been a great honour to lead that team over the last 17 years.”

Also recognised in the list were Dr Shirley Cooke and Eddie McCluskey, who have both received MBEs for their tireless dedication to the sport.

The 86-year-old ASA Aquaforce Volunteer Award winner Cooke has been given her MBE for services to swimming in the North West of England.

Sixty-three year old swimming coach McCluskey was rewarded for his services to Disability Swimming in Scotland.

Honourary Solihull Swimming Club member Dr Chris Stockdale was also recognised with an MBE for his long-term services to charitable causes.

Stockdale has raised around £300,000 for charity over the past 33 years, largely through long distance swims including the Channel twice and one 31-hour swim across Lake Garda.

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