Name: Gareth Ikin
Date of birth: 20/12/1992
Home town: Hull
I am a graduate of the University of Hull, graduating with a 2:1 in Accounting and Financial Management in 2014. Since then I have spent 12 months as Student Union Sabbatical Officer at Hull University Union, and soon I will be starting my training to become a qualified chartered accountant.
My passion for sport is not limited to just one or two sports. I enjoy watching, participating, working or volunteering in a variety of different sports such as hockey, sailing, and rugby. But for me, it all began with swimming.
I joined my first competitive swimming club, Lutterworth Swimming Club at the age of seven or eight, and then joined Crewe Flyers Swimming Club at the age of 11. I decided to leave the club and ‘retire’ from competitive swimming when I was 14, but still continued to swim for Sandbach School Swimming Team until I left school.
Since then, my main involvements within swimming have been through becoming a qualified lifeguard and a qualified Level 2 swimming teacher.
After leaving Crewe Flyers, my main sport became hockey. I was the inaugural winner of the Sandbach School Hockey Club Man of the Year in 2009, followed by the position of club captain in 2010/2011.
When I moved to the University of Hull, I became treasurer in 2012/2013 followed by president in 2013/14, and during my time as president I was shortlisted for the Outstanding Male Contribution to Sport Award.
I have also become a qualified level hockey coach and I am currently involved with the North of England JRPC (Junior Regional Performance Centre) where I am the manager of the Under 16 Boys.
This year, I plan to continue volunteering in a variety of sporting capacities, including the Rugby World Cup 2015, and hopefully use this knowledge and experience for myself later on in my career, but also to see what can be used from these sports and how we can enhance the experience within the aquatic disciplines for all.