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Swimming pays tribute to John Russell

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Swim England would like to offer a few words in memory of John Russell, who passed away on Sunday 3 September.

John was involved in swimming and aquatics for most of his life, joining Stratford-upon-Avon SC in 1976 and working as a teacher, official and administrator. He held many roles at club, county, District, regional and national level, and was a member of the Midland District Executive from 1989.

Following this John became a West Midland Regional Management Board Member, Regional Officials coordinator and the Regional Licensing Officer. In 2003 John became president of the Midland District, then in 2009 he was also elected ASA President for the year 2010.

Due to his outstanding commitment and dedication to the sport, John was awarded a life membership with the West Midland region in 2015 upon his retirement.

He was also appointed as an Honorary Life Member, and later Honorary Life Governor, of the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society.

Swim England and the wider swimming community offer our regards to his family and friends at this time.