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Ian Mackenzie presented with the Harold Fern Award 2017

Ian Mackenzie from East Region received the Harold Fern Award for his contribution to the sport at all levels of governance at the Annual Council meeting held on 14 October 2017.

Ian has made an exceptional contribution to the sport having been a member of the ASA East Region Management Board since its inception in 2005, and a member of the shadow management board prior to that.

He was regional chairman for the first eight years and continues to play a full and active role in the management of the region as well as sitting on the national Sport Governing and Group Boards.

The Harold Fern Award

The Harold Fern Award and the Alfred H Turner Award are given to two individuals or organisations making the most outstanding contribution to aquatics at club, county, regional, national or international level.

In selecting the winner of the award each year, the Sport Governing Board give consideration to:

  • outstanding achievement in advancing the sport through competition/coaching/officiating
  • outstanding achievement in the administration of the sport
  • outstanding achievement in advising the sport

Read more about the Harold Fern Award, including past winners, in the Swim England Handbook.

Helping to take swimming forward

Ian has many roles in the swimming sector and is currently the East Region’s Interim Diving Manager.

Although diving is not Ian’s natural home, he took on the role last year and is moving the sport forward for clubs and divers across the region.

Commenting on receiving the award, Ian said: “It is a great honour and I am very humbled to be among those who have been awarded it in the past.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends on the East Region Board for nominating me. There are thousands of volunteers, but it is working as a team that ensures we achieve our goals for our athletes and our sport.”

Ian also plays a significant role in the management of Hertfordshire ASA. He frequently steps up to fill roles on a short term basis when vacancies occur.

Ian’s other roles include:

  • Secretary of the National Arena Swimming League – organising the annual finals and trouble-shooting to ensure the league runs smoothly
  • A regular referee at regional, county, league and club meets
  • A team manager presenter, presenting courses across the region to all disciplines
  • A director of the IoS.