Meet Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison Volunteering Stories. Alex volunteering at the 2013 FINA Diving World Series in Edinburgh

Alex started out as a diver, acting as a virtuous role model at his club, Merton School of Diving, where he never missed a training session, always put the maximum effort in to training and was known for his impeccable behaviour.

At the age of 14, Alex began helping at the club, firstly by coaching beginner divers, but taking on whatever level of diver he was given the opportunity to coach. Alex progressed quickly gaining his Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Diving and going on to coach divers through to national competitions.

Alex then took on other responsibilities including the role of Competition Secretary which involved organising entries to competitions, distributing information to coaches and helping to select divers for each event. Alex’s enthusiasm led to him organising competitions too, starting with introducing two club competitions a year, a completely new concept for Merton School of Diving.

Alex has continued in these roles since, adding team managing, judging and becoming certified as a FINA Diving Official to his bank of skills and achievements. Alex applied to be part of the ASA Youth Forum, where he progressed to becoming Chair until the end of this term in 2014.

Alex’s contributions and expertise in diving earned him an elected place as a member of the ASA London Management Board at the age of 18; a remarkable feat for such a young volunteer.

Alex also took part in the British Swimming Event Volunteer Programme for aspiring volunteer management. Through which he is able to support the delivery of national aquatic events.

More recently, Alex has helped to set up the Dive London Aquatics Centre Club. Here divers are offered the opportunity to train at an Olympic venue, following a competitive pathway in an inspirational setting.

Alex has been recognised with awards for his achievements, including previously winning ASA Young Volunteer of the Year at the annual Aquaforce Awards. For which, Cherry Tolcher of Merton School of Diving commented: “Alex volunteers purely for the love of diving, spending the vast majority of his time involved in the sport.

“His passion is infectious and the divers always enjoy all of his sessions. It is a huge credit to Alex, the club and the sport, that there are volunteers putting so much time, effort and passion into something they love.”

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