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Astonished Alan Donlan proud of his Hall of Fame recognition

For more than 60 years, volunteer Alan Donlan has dedicated his life to swimming.

Yet he still admitted to feeling astonished at being inducted into the Swim England Hall of Fame.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said the 83-year-old, who attended the Hall of Fame induction dinner with his wife, Winifred. “I was staggered when I found out.

“I was incredibly honoured and it makes you feel very proud.

“When I found out who my fellow inductees were, I was astonished that I, a mere mortal, should be alongside a group of celebrities and international medal holders.”

Donlan’s primary involvement was in the field of education and he used his vast experience and expertise to enhance the development and administration of the ASA education programme over a 40-year period.

He was appointed to the ASA Education Committee in 1973, a post he held until January 1999 which made him the longest-serving secretary of any ASA committee in the history of the organisation.

“When I first saw the education system of the ASA, I was horrified,” he said. “I set about getting it changed and bringing it all up to date.”

He has also held positions at every level of the sport, including club, county, district, region and nationally.

Donlan was named ASA President in 2007, the most prestigious role the sport can give to a volunteer.

He added: “My years of service to the swimming world would not have been possible without the support of my wife of 59 years standing.

“Finally, my thanks to whoever nominated me and, just as important, those who decided I was worthy of selection.”