Swim England London Awards15 October 2019
Swim England London holds an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of its members. Since 2019 these regional awards now form part of the overall Swim England National Awards with regional recipients being put forward for the national equivalent. The Swim England National Awards have been cancelled for 2020.
Alongside these awards Swim England London also presents the following three awards;
The Jeff Cook Salver is awarded to the winner of the Long Service to Aquatics. This award recognises an individual who has a sustained commitment to the delivery of aquatics and has regularly gone above and beyond their role.
The Dave Barnes Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Volunteer of the Year. This award recognises a volunteer who has shown commitment to volunteering at their club, county, region or nationally.
The Flo Barnes Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year. This award recognises a volunteer who, at a young age, has shown commitment to volunteering at their club, county, region or nationally.
The Swim England London awards winners for 2020 were;
Emma Davies of South Croydon SC.This award recognises a volunteer who, at a young age, has shown commitment to volunteering at their club, county, region or nationally. Their volunteering is making a positive impact and this volunteer is a great example of a role model for others.
Emma is 16 years old and has been volunteering since the age of 12. She began helping in the Timing Suite to keep herself occupied whilst her sister was swimming. She soon became a regular member of the team running the electronics at almost all Borough, County and Regional events. Initially Emma was a ‘runner’ for the AOE Referee and the Timing/Scoreboard operator. She has now progressed to the level at which she can be called upon to run the electronics side of a meet single handedly. She is now fully conversant with the electronic timing systems at the LAC, Crystal Palace and Guildford Spectrum. Emma regularly gives up whole weekends for swimming meets – being there for set-up on the Friday until the end of switch-down on the Sunday. She is reliable and always helpful. She has grown into the role and shows a maturity beyond her years. She is regularly recommended to assist at other events at both the LAC and Crystal Palace. In the previous 12 months she has run her own club championships, using Hytek and Dolphin; assisted with the Croydon Borough galas; been vital to the smooth-running of the Surrey County Championships at the LAC and Crystal Palace and similarly at the London Region Championships. Emma had been asked to be part of the Timing team for the cancelled Olympic Trials at the LAC in April 2020. She is looking forward to being there for the hoped for event in 2021. Over the last 4 years, Emma has been invaluable in enabling the smooth running of many events at all levels. She is constantly learning under the guidance of Alan Thurlow and Nick Hallam and really enjoys being part of that team. Emma thoroughly deserves to be nominated for this Young Volunteer of the Year award.
Stephen Morris of Orpington Ojays.
This award recognises a volunteer who has shown commitment to volunteering at their club, county, region or nationally. Their volunteering is making a positive impact and this volunteer is a great example of a role model for others.
Steve became a member of Orpington Ojays in 1980. He is a Master swimmer he also competes in open water. Recently, he has supported swimmers who have been trying open water while the pools have been closed, advising on equipment and even writing an introduction to open water for the club website. He runs the club shop, website, twitter account, club email accounts, and he photographs all our teams. He attends open and league events supporting our swimmers on poolside and is a natural in motivating the children and improving their self-esteem. He is a revered role model to our members and their adults. We can’t remember a time when he has not put the swimmers at the centre of any decision or action. He has been brilliant throughout the recent pandemic, uploading regular training videos on behalf of the coaches and helping the club captains organise online social events to keep the swimmers in touch with friends. Lastly many years ago, Orpington Ojays found themselves in an exceedingly difficult situation and the club was thought lost. Past members report that it was Steve who took the reins of a flailing club and steered it through, refusing to let the club die and he clearly succeeded because Orpington Ojays is here today. He has provided our members with a club that is competitive, but at its core, a friendly nurturing environment that allows swimmers to progress, form lifelong friendships and to enjoy the glorious sport of swimming. Of course, he plays all of this down, which is why we do not think there is a more deserving Ambassador for the Sport, Swim England and for our Club than Steve Morris.
Michelle Weltman of Out to Swim SC
This award recognises an individual who has a sustained commitment to the delivery of aquatics and has regularly gone above and beyond their role. 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. This individual could be in a paid or voluntary position.
Michelle first joined Out to Swim shortly after it was founded in 1992 to provide a supportive and safe environment for the LGBT+ community to participate in aquatic sports. Since then, it is difficult to understate the profound impact that Michelle has had in shaping and building the club. She represented and won a silver medal for the club and the United Kingdom at the 1994 Gay Games in New York. For the last 10 years, Michelle has been our Head of Aquatics – not only acting as Head Coach for swimming, but providing athletic development leadership across all of our disciplines and helping to set up regional branches of Out to Swim in Brighton and Bristol. Michelle’s contribution to aquatics, however, goes above and beyond her commitments with Out to Swim. Michelle has been passionate and unstinting in her work on disability in aquatic sports. She was a co-founder of London Disability Swimming Club, functioned as its Head Coach for many years and is currently the Chair of that club. Her advisory work is extensive and difficult to capture in its entirety. She has worked with the UK School Games to ensure disabled participation. She has coached many Paralympians. This only represents some of Michelle’s formal work. She has always made herself available for informal advice and guidance to other coaches dealing with disability issues. She has worked with coaches from Positive Strokes, who work with HIV+ swimmers, to help their teachers work with immuno compromised participants. Her contribution to aquatics represents genuinely exceptional effort across every level and in making it accessible to everyone.
Gold (for 15 years’ service)
Silver (for 10 years’ service)
Bronze (for 5 years’ service)
The Pins can be awarded for continuous service to Swim England London since 2005.
Nominations can be made by the Swim England London Board Members and Discipline Committee Chairman.
The recipients must have worked for the Region for the required number of years in each of the categories. They may be Secretaries/Managers, Committee members, officials or poolside helpers. (Technical and Non-Technical)
Awards will be made each year at the ACM.
Gold Pins were awarded to:
Jean Scott – Beckenham SC
Kay Grimshaw – Bromley SC
Norman Edgell – Romford Town SC
Colin Robson – Kingston Royals SC
Richard Willis – Wandsworth SC
Di Gamble – Croydon Amphibians SC
Ralph Shortland – Ealing SC
Jackie Bedford – Beckenham SC
Andy Woska – Barnet Copthall SC
Phillip Prentice – Barnet Copthall SC
Tony Burton – Brent Dolphins SC
Pam Crofts – Haringey Aquatics
Hilary Gerlis – Out to Swim
Francis Prentice – Barnet Copthall SC
Michelle Weltman – Out to Swim
Chris Snode – Crystal Palace Diving Club
Chris Martin – Croydon Amphibians SC
Charlotte Hedge (Lee) – Forward Hillingdon Squad
Richard Whitehead – Leyton SC
Jean Cook – Dive London Aquatics
Bronze pins were awarded to:
Emma Davies – South Croydon SC
Hannah Davies – South Croydon SC
Peggy Etiebet – Otter
Elizabeth Child – Beckenham SC
Teresa Luhmann – Beckenham SC
Julie Langley – Beckenham SC
Geoffrey Leberl – Beckenham SC
Marie-Jane Leberl – Beckenham SC
Alan Thurlow – Wandsworth
Not awarded this year.
This award recognises a Technical Official of any disincline whose contribution is seen as invaluable and their efforts are instrumental in the work to support the delivery of aquatic sport through technical officiating.
Not awarded this year.
This award recognises a Swim England affiliated club of any discipline that shows a commitment and passion for aquatics by providing a quality and enjoyable experience to their members. This club must show commitment to developing participants through Swim England programmes and initiatives or can demonstrate innovative ways to grow, sustain and improve the club.
Not awarded this year.
This award recognises a coach who has made an outstanding commitment to coaching within the sport and has supported athletes to achieve their personal best. This coach may help to mentor and support other coaches and aim to increase participation within the sport whilst being able to demonstrate improved performance of individuals or teams. This individual could be in a paid or voluntary position.
Not awarded this year.
This award is for an individual who has accomplished notable achievement in the water in any aquatic discipline and is 22 years old or older. This individual will have completed the activity in a Swim England club, county, regional or national setting.
Not awarded this year.
This award is for an individual who has accomplished notable achievements in the water in any aquatic discipline having embraced personal challenges or adversity. There is no age limit on this award.