Name: Liam Wilcox
Date of birth: 26/08/1996
Home town: Bristol
Favourite aquatic sport: Swimming and para-swimming
Favourite aquatics star: Steve Parry / Kate Grey
I love volunteering because: I have met so many interesting people and your knowledge and your personality grows so much. The opportunities I have been lucky enough to get have come from volunteering and it has changed my life. Without volunteering I don’t know what I be doing! I would love more people to give it a go and see how it impacts on their lives.
I come for a club called Norton Radstock, near Bath which I joined when I was eight years old. My volunteering began when I was nine, doing demonstrations and then helping on poolside.
When I was 15 I took part in the Young Volunteers programme and had the opportunity to gain my team manager 1, judge 1 and then my level 1 teaching qualifications. At club I was then given a small group of swimmers to work with, developing their skills, techniques and supporting them at galas and open meets.
Following this, I was selected to join the National Young Coaches Academy and the following year the National Young Officials Academy. These programmes helped me gain in confidence and encouraged me to look for more development opportunities, which lead onto being a mentor at the last national talent camp.
In 2013 I was selected to help officiate at the special Olympics and this inspired me to become more involved with disability swimming. I gained my level 2 teaching, plus team managers 2 and then my level 1 coaching qualifications (soon to do level 2) and went to volunteer with the south west and Gloucester city disability squads.
In March I was invited to attend the British swimming para international meet in Glasgow as an assistant coach.
I still coach at Norton and I also coach at out hub performance club, Aquea Sulis, which is based at Bath university. As a qualified judge 2, I have officiated at club, county, regional, national and international levels, including British championships, Sainsbury’s school games, sports relief and the Invictus games.
My other volunteering roles include being a member of Norton Radstock SC committee and also the part of the Somerset ASA management committee.
I have a real passion for what I do and always say to all my swimmers “if you believe, you can achieve” and getting the chance to help other people going on their journeys is the best feeling.