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Volunteers recognised at ASA Aquatics Awards 2016

The ASA Aquatics Awards 2016 were a huge success and the contributions of a number of volunteers were recognised.

The event took place at the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham on Saturday 26 November. Paralympic S6 50m Butterfly champion, Ellie Robinson, and 2016 Olympic diving bronze medallist Daniel Goodfellow were guest hosts.

Robert John named Volunteer of the Year

Chairman of Out to Swim, Robert John, won an award for his dedication to his swimming club.

He shows a desire to see every member receive as much from their time at the club as he does. Rob welcomes diversity, and sees it as an integral aspect of his club. He received the ASA Volunteer of the Year Gold Award.

Robert commented: “It is wonderful to be recognised with this award. I volunteer because I love doing it, and there is so much behind the scenes work which needs to be done and I get a buzz out of doing it.”

Louise Reece took the Silver Award and Christopher Mayall walked away with the Bronze Award.

Connor Hill wins Young Volunteer of the Year

Leeds Synchro’s Connor Hill won the ASA Young Volunteer of the Year – Gold Award for all of the hard work and dedication he puts into coaching and supporting members of the club.

Connor spends a lot of time encouraging more boys to take up synchronised swimming.

When he is not coaching or supporting athletes at the club, or doing university work, he spends time running the Boys’ Synchro Project.

Connor said: “It feels really good to win an award. It’s nice to be recognised, but especially like this.”

Jordan Lakin took the Silver Award and Nathan Clarke won the Bronze Award.

Posthumous award for Colin Pitchforth

The awards honoured Colin Pitchforth with a Special Recognition award and his wife Mary attended the event to collect the award on his behalf.

Sadly, Colin passed away earlier this year, but his commitment to his club was selfless. Despite being diagnosed with cancer, he still attended his club between chemotherapy sessions.