20 February 2019
It was with much sadness that we heard of the death of Jean Findlay, the life president of Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club.
Jean’s involvement with KASC began back in 1961 when she joined the coaching team as a poolside helper. She admitted she was ‘as green as grass but with lots of Royal Life Saving Awards!’. Her three sons, Steve, Nick and John, were all members and competed for KASC.
In the early 1960s the club trained at the Beau Street Baths. Jean was instrumental in setting up her dream of KASC training in Keynsham at the newly opened Leisure Centre in the early 1970s. The pool was booked for training every Wednesday evening, and still is today!
Jean continued to coach alongside both Thea and Lynne and serve on the management committee until her retirement and appointment as our Life President. From this position she continued to support us at every Club Championships and the annual Jean Findlay Team Gala, where she sat poolside with her stopwatch and encouraged all our young swimmers.
In 2001, as part of KASC’s celebration of 50 years of ASA registration, Jean wrote Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club – The Village Club, an insightful account of the evolution of our swimming club. In this piece Jean wrote that she believed it would only be a matter of time before we would all be cheering a KASC swimmer on the TV. She was thrilled to be able to do just that when Siobhan Marie O’Connor swam at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Our sympathies go to her children at this sad time. Jean’s funeral is to be held at Haycombe Crematorium on Wednesday 20th March at 11.30am.