17 May 2018
At a prestigious ceremony held at Upton House in Poole on 12 May, Poole Swimming Club was honoured to accept a Borough of Poole Civic Award for voluntary service to sport and health in the local area, particularly amongst children, but also across the ages. The award recognised the contribution of the volunteers, who are essential to the Club's existence, and was awarded alongside six others from a nomination list of hundreds.
Jacob Peters, Commonwealth Games medallist, World Junior Championship swimmer and Poole Swimming Club athlete for 10 years was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the Club from the Worshipful the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Lindsay Wilson, the High Sheriiff of Dorset, Mrs J A Swift, and Sheriff of Poole, Sean Gabriel.
In addition to Jacob, Chairman Russ Corn, athlete Fiona Hardie and long-serving and dedicated Masters Coach, Karen Yendole, and member Mandy Hardie represented PSC at the ceremony.
Russ Corn commented "Reports have shown the health benefits of swimming including that water is the perfect place to exercise. A recent study commissioned by Swim England showed that children who participate in swimming lessons develop physical, cognitive and social skills faster than those who do not. For older people, swimming helps them to stay fit both mentally and physically.
Poole Swimming Club caters across the age spectrum of competitive swimmers in our community from our younger swimmers in the Star Groups, through to our Age Groups, Youth Groups and Masters swimmers. In addition, we have a flourishing Junior and Senior Club for fitness swimmers and are honoured to have Bournemouth University Swimming Club affiliated to us.
We depend on our volunteers who help the Club in so many ways - including coaching and teaching swimmers, organising and managing meets and events, fundraising, officiating, managing our membership, treasury, welfare, and the list goes on - each of which is vital to the success of the Club. The Poole Civic Award recognises their contribution, for which we are grateful".
Any members who can contribute some of their time to help the Club can find out about these opportunities from their Squad Co-ordinator, Chairman Russ Corn or Secretary Julie Camm.