Name: Lucy Palfreyman
Date of birth: 17/05/1997
Home town: Retford
Favourite aquatic sport: Swimming
Favourite aquatics star: Katie Ledecky
I love volunteering because: You get to meet so many different people, whether it be spectators, athletes ,meet organisers etc. It means a lot to know that I’m giving back to the sport which I’ve grown up in. My club is run by volunteers and I feel that without them, the club would not be able to function. This is reflected on both a national and international scale, and to know I’m helping the sport grow means a great deal.
I am currently studying for my A Levels, in Chemistry, Psychology, Geography, English Literature, and Physical Education. In the future, I hope to undertake a degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University.
Even though swimming has always been my main passion, I also find pleasure watching other sports such as Athletics, Tennis and Formula 1.
I first began swimming for my home club, Retford, when I was eight years old and since then have been swimming competitively reaching club, county and regional level. Even though now I am concentrating on my studies, I still spend most of my spare time coaching and training in the pool.
I started volunteering for Retford Swimming Club at the age of 14, when I left the County Squad. I was soon allocated my own group, and since then, the rest has been history!
When I was 14 I was elected as the club’s Girls vice Captain, and then re-elected in 2013. This role enables to me to have contact with swimmers and their parents, as well as and allowing me to sit on the club’s Executive Committee.
Outside of swimming I have also completed my Junior Sports Leadership Award (JSLA), and helped organize small scale sporting events in local primary schools. In the summer of 2013 I spent a month in Kenya, improving the quality of life for both adults and children in rural villages in central Kenya, by helping complete a school building, and also giving the children a release through organizing team games and competitions.
This year, I am due to take my Level 1 Teaching and also further my volunteering through completing work experience in a variety of different sporting environments.