Women’s Sport Week: Spotlight on Kelly Podbury

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To celebrate Women’s Sport Week, the ASA is highlighting the work of some truly inspirational women across aquatics.

In this ‘Spotlight on’ feature, we speak to one of our incredible and dedicated event volunteers, Kelly Podbury.

How did you get involved with the sport and volunteering?

I swam as a child and young adult for Portland Dolphins and later when I was in the Royal Navy so I have always been a good swimmer and loved the sport.

I became involved in the volunteering in 2006 when I met my husband, Mark, and moved to Burnham.

Mark’s dad started the club in 1974 so when we returned home after serving in the Royal Navy it was the right thing to do to support the club into the future.

How long have you been volunteering with the ASA?

I have been volunteering with the club for a while but it was only last year that I started at a National level which I love. I didn’t know it was open to ‘outsiders’ until I became involved through the Event Volunteering Programme (EVP).

What is it you enjoy most about volunteering with the ASA?

The people and the swimmers who get so much from the sport.

I like the can do attitude of our volunteers and the sense of personal achievement when I see how I have facilitated an event and swimmer to achieve their best.

Why do you think it is important for women and girls to take part in sport?

I think it’s predominantly important to help lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle but also to show the boys we are just as good as them! Girl power!

We are as good if not better in some sports but don’t get the recognition or rewards that chaps do. The more we participate and facilitate, the more female sport will transform.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

One bit of advice and a quote.

The best bit of advice I have received is to never put off until tomorrow what you can achieve today.

A quote which I think is important to remember is:

“Good better best never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is your best.”


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