The ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 has seen nine ASA volunteers named among its shortlisted finalists.
The awards recognise participants across the entire ASA pathway from youngsters learning to swim through to our elite athletes competing on the international stage, and all those whose continued dedication ensures the smooth running of the sport.
Winners will be announced at the ceremony held at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa on 14 November.
ASA Aquatics Awards 2015: Young Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises an ASA volunteer who, at a young age, is already making an impact within the world of aquatics. This could be within a club, event or community environment.
Amy has worked her way up through the various levels of coaching, and the 17-year old is now Assistant Head Coach of at Rushden Swimming Club. Voluntarily giving up her time, Amy is committed to providing the highest level of coaching, and she actively encourages and mentors young swimmers who want to become prospective coaches. Since Amy has been Assistant Head Coach, the club has been inundated with new membership requests. Amy is very committed to ensuring the swimmers not only enjoy their training but reach their full potential.
Lucy is an active member of the City of Birmingham Synchronised Swimming Club. Over the last year, 18-year old Lucy has dedicated over more than 152 hours as a volunteer across both Rugby Speed Swimming and Birmingham Synchronised Swimming Club. Lucy assists with lessons, timekeeping, coaching and judging. Lucy is one of the youngest national judges in the country. and She is extremely committed to learning as much as she can to develop her own skills and to encouraging more boys and girls to get involved in aquatic sports. Lucy was also selected to take part in the National Talent Camp as a young coach in 2014/15.
Harvey is a volunteer at Bingham Penguins Swimming Club which Bingham Penguins supports disabled swimmers of all ages and disabilities. Still only 18 years old, Harvey has developed a high level of expertise, both communicating with young people with behavioural and communication difficulties and facilitating water access for children with a high level of physical disability.
Without his skilled and caring support, many disabled children would never have had the chance to access swimming independently of their parents in a club environment. Harvey is a sociable and warm person and respected by all of the swimmers he has worked with.
ASA Aquatics Awards 2015: Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises an ASA volunteer whose contribution is seen as invaluable and their efforts are instrumental in the work behind the scenes. This could be within a club, event or community environment.
Mandy first started volunteering at Perry Beeches in 2007. Since then she has been the Website Administrator, Welfare Officer, Membership Secretary, swim21 Coordinator and is currently the Club Secretary and Club Communications Officer. Mandy works tirelessly and is the one face you can guarantee will be there at every session. She is the one that the parents go to with all their questions and always helps in a friendly manner. Mandy also gives up her time willingly to a number of other organisations which contribute to competitive swimming in the West Midlands. Mandy dedicates almost every day of her life to volunteering in swimming.
Steve has volunteered as a coach for Wellingborough for the last five years. Steve had two daughters in the club and no experience of being a competitive swimmer himself. Steve initially assisted with the performance squad where the swimmers were not quite reaching the level of the excel side. Through Steve’s dedication to help the swimmers in the squad flourish, they now have enough pool time to achieve their potential. It’s now a fully respected squad with swimmers competing at Counties, Open Meets and taking medals at the WASC Club Championships. Steve genuinely cares about each and every one of his swimmers, both in terms of their swimming and their development as young people. Steve works full time and still manages to give up his time each week.
Sam is very new to the sport and has been volunteering with City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club for the last 12 months. Sam now regularly coaches, organises and assesses for North East Synchronised Swimming. Sam completed her Level 1 in July 2014, whilst being treated for cancer, and now coaches the beginners and novice athletes. In September 2014 she went on to take her basic assessors followed by basic judges course before going onto to become an Advanced Skill Assessor. In the last year she has gone from being an inexperienced coach to someone who is hugely committed, developing fast and providing excellent coaching to the club and skills to the region.
ASA Aquatics Awards 2015: Services to Aquatics
Awarded to an individual who regularly goes above and beyond within aquatics and without whom the sport could not continue to run. They must have contributed towards the development and participation of aquatics at a local, regional or national level and have promoted the sport to all.
Gordon began his involvement in swimming began when his children learned to swim. His interest was fuelled when he was approached to join a group of parents in building a swimming pool for the school. The pool was completed and handed to the school and local community in the early 1970’s. Gordon then began an association with Poole Swimming Club where he was elected Team Manager; a position he held for 15 years. Over the years, Gordon – who is now 81 years old – has held many positions in the club, including Club President of the club in 1986 and again in 2005, and he is now Life President. For the last 35 years he has represented the club on the Dorset County Executive Swimming Committee. Over the last 40+ years Gordon has always put swimming and the swimmer first in his life.
Lesley’s approach to swimming is to coach individually, coach in the right way and help the club swimmers achieve their goals. The 49-year old has brought so much good to the club and to the community. Over the last 12 months she has been a major contributor to the club’s swim21 status, and to its four year plan. Lesley also set up and manages the clubs landside training facility and initiated the club and delivers the Active Luton Disability Pathway for their aquatic plan to name but a few. The Masters section of the club really took off under Lesley’s leadership. Lesley has also sourced training and development opportunities for the club’s coaches.
Ann became involved in swimming when her son and daughter began learning to swim around 1978. They soon moved to Stourbridge where she began helping out on the front desk most week nights whilst the kids were swimming. This led to joining the committee where she became chair over 30 years ago and was then elected president, a position she held for 20 years. She has encouraged lots of young swimmers to become teachers/coaches and encourages parents to become officials. Her grandchildren have now become involved with the club giving up time to volunteer themselves. Ann, who is 69 years old, is Workforce Coordinator for the county, a member of the swimming committee and became County President in 2005.