Top Swimming Award for Guildford Mum
By PR When You Need It Ltd | Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:57
hero Joan Swain, of Gatley Drive, Guildford, has received an Aquaforce Award in
the category 'Outstanding Contribution at County and Regional Level,' from the ASA (Amateur Swimming
Association), for her tireless work for swimming in Surrey since 1995. Joan received her award from ASA South East Region
President, Janet Holdstock, on Saturday at the Holiday Inn, Guildford.
has had a pivotal role in Surrey swimming for many years, devoting many hours
to it, all on an unpaid voluntary basis.
Using her skills as an accountant (JMSolutions,Guildford), Joan has
served two terms as Treasurer to the Surrey County ASA, formerly Surrey County Water
Polo & Swimming Association (SCWP&SA), from 2006 - 2009 and 2011 to the
present day. She was also President of
the Surrey County ASA from 2009-2011 and has been a driving force on the Age
Group committee for many years, spending a significant amount of her own time
ensuring that the county's Age Group Championships run smoothly. Joan also acts
as an official at Surrey club and Schools events.
on Joan's Award, Diane Gamble, current President of the Surrey County ASA says,
Joan, swimming in Surrey and the wider region would be all the poorer. Her dedication and devotion to the swimmers
of Surrey and South East Region is exemplary and she has been hugely supportive
to ASA Committee members. In particular,
during her tenure as President, Joan worked tirelessly to bring about the
reunification of Surrey Swimming following the fragmentation that occurred
after Regionalisation. From these efforts, it could be said that Joan is
almost single-handedly responsible for the current excellent state of
swimming in Surrey that we have today'.
Joan comments, 'I have always been a keen
swimmer and first became involved in Guildford City Swimming Club in 1995, when
my three children swam there, as I wanted to do more than just spectate. Since then I haven't looked back and I became
a poolside timekeeper for competitions, then over the years I took exams to be
a Judge, Starter and Referee. I was surprised
and delighted to receive this award. I
thoroughly enjoy the work I do for Surrey County ASA and would encourage anyone
with a love of sport to get involved, however they can. You put a lot in, but you get so much back.'