Volunteering awards were presented to Gordon Smart, Lucy Rouse and Steve Gammon at the ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 on 14 November in Leamington Spa.
Split into 19 categories the Awards honoured the achievements of individuals, facilities and schools involved in aquatics.
ASA Services to Aquatics Award – ASA Aquatics Awards 2015
Gordon Smart, from Poole, received the ASA Services to Aquatics Award for his continued support and contribution to swimming for over 40 years.
81-year-old Gordon began his involvement in the sport when his children learned to swim. His interest grew when he was asked to join a group of parents in building a swimming pool for his local school in the early 1970s.
Over the years Gordon has held many positions at Poole Swimming Club. He was instrumental to the formation of the club’s Masters section and was also involved in setting up the inaugural ASA Country Team Championships.
President of the club in 1986 and again in 2005, he is now a Life President and has represented the club on the Dorset Country Executive Swimming Committee for the last 35 years.
Gordon said: “Receiving this award today is unbelievable. I didn’t expect it and it is truly wonderful.”
ASA Volunteer of the Year – ASA Aquatics Awards 2015
Steve Gammon, from Wellingborough, was named ASA Volunteer of the Year for his work with Wellingborough Swimming Club.
Steve joined the club as a volunteer five years ago and over this time he has become an invaluable part of the coaching staff. His dedication to the club and to coaching has helped the young swimmers reach their goals. This year swimmers have competed at county championships, open meets and have won medals at the WASC Club Champs.
Steve said: “It’s a family based club and the swimmers themselves inspire me so it’s a pleasure to give up my time to work with them.”
ASA Young Volunteer of the Year – ASA Aquatics Awards 2015
Lucy Rouse was also recognised at the event as she was named ASA Young Volunteer of the Year for her work with Rugby Speed Swimming and Birmingham Synchronised Swimming Club.
Over the last year, 18 year-old Lucy has spent over 152 hours as a volunteer across both clubs. Lucy assists with swimming and synchronised swimming lessons, coaching, timekeeping, and more recently officiating as a national judge. Lucy is one of the youngest national judges in the country.
Lucy is committed to encouraging young children to get involved in aquatics and took part in the National Talent Camp for young coaches in 2014/15.
Lucy said: “It feels amazing to win this award, I really didn’t think I would get it. I’m a young coach and I volunteer as a judge, as a coach and I spend all of my time with athletes of all different ages and abilities and they are just great to work with.”