Swimming Australia is passionate about acknowledging those who give their time to better our great sport. We like to call them “local legends” because that’s exactly what they are. You know, the people that will always volunteer to assist whenever anything around your club needs to be done and donate their time to ensure the club operates and does so smoothly.
Can you help us find the local legend in your area? It's easy to nominate your local legend for the Swimming Australia 2018 Local Legend of the Year Award.
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Not only does your nomination give your local legend some recognition of their outstanding efforts, if successful the nominee could be the overall winner in which they win $500 and return flights and accommodation for 2 to attend the 2018 Swimming Australia Gala Dinner in Melbourne.
So, don’t forget to nominate your local legend, do it now by clicking here.
Let’s have a look at some local legends that have already been nominated for the award this year. The stories behind each nomination are worthy of recognition.
Name: Anne Gilmore
Club: Marion, South Australia
Anne has been the President for the past 2 years and been at the club for 8 years now. Anne has overseen the creation of a committee which has brought a number of benefits for the club. Anne’s passion, diligence, care and organisation are immeasurable for the club.
Name: Josh Barilla
Club: Mildura & Sunraysia, Victoria
Josh balances his own swimming program and ambitions with being on the club committee and holding the position of records officer, at 17 years of age. Josh is seen as a huge role model for the kids at the club and local community through his coaching, club roles and his own swimming.
Name: Julie Walsh
Club: Melton, Victoria
2018 marks 40 years of Julie volunteering at the Melton Swimming Club, where she has fulfilled nearly every role at some stage during this period. Julie is the heart of the club and offers her time to share her knowledge and expertise from everything to running events to swimming rules. Julie encourages a enjoyable culture and holds the role of competitions officer in the metro west district.
Name: Kerri Donaldson-Mellor
Club: Vitor Renmark, South Australia
Kerri is a volunteer coach giving her time 4 nights per week plus weekend competitions. Kerri is also the President of the club and remains the driving force behind improving swimming at the club and local community. Kerri was recently awarded the Riverland Coach of the Year in recognition of her outstanding contribution to swimming.
Name: Sonia Ford
Club: West Coast, South Australia
Sonia spends about 8 hours per week poolside as the head coach. Sonia teaches life skills as well as swimming to her athletes and gives her time wholeheartedly with dedication and generosity to encourage kids to be the best they can be, in and out of the pool.
Name: Shae Clifton
Club: Blackwater Amateur, Queensland
Shae has volunteered for 2 years tasked with the roles of secretary and fundraising coordinator. Shae has led the fundraising which resulted in the club acquiring a shipping container to store equipment and operate normally. Her efforts in fundraising have seen the club collect nearly $40,000.
Name: Tricia Randall
Club: Townsville Brothers, Queensland
Tricia is known for going above and beyond her roles of race secretary and committee member in a calm and professional manner. Tricia completes a variety of administration jobs to ensure all members are up-to-date.
Name: Peter Burger
Club: Emerald Seals, Queensland
Peter has been involved with the club a long time yet still sets up and packs up the lane ropes for all club nights and events. Peter dedicates plenty of time to educating swimmers and families of swimming rules and regulations via club newsletters and a YouTube channel. Most noticeably is Peter’s passion for swimming, as he will attend everything at the club for no other reason.
Name: Sarah Pendergast
Club: Kawana Waters, Queensland
Sarah is the race secretary and always willingly volunteers for anything that the club requires to be completed. Sarah is a problem solver and shows outstanding leadership with humility, being responsible for all club nights. The club feels it would be lost without her.
Name: Theresa Manning
Club: Cannonvale Cannons, Queensland
Although her daughter finished swimming over 10 years ago, Theresa remains the heart of the club, holding the secretary and race secretary positions, as well as volunteering her time for any other jobs that need to be done. In addition to her efforts at the club, Theresa volunteers as President of Swimming North Queensland.
Name: Felicity Jones
Club: Yeppoon Sharks, Queensland
Felicity has volunteered her time at the club for over 5 years, holding various official roles in that time including Team Manager. Felicity is the “go-to” person at the club and fulfils any job whether it be fundraising or manning aid stations at the local triathlon.
Name: Jamie Shaw
Club: Millmerran, Queensland
Jamie has volunteered as coach for over 5 years and in this time the club has grown by 250%. Jamie can be found on pool deck every club night and ensures everyone’s PBs are kept up-to-date to reward everyone with certificates outlining achievements.
Name: Tanya Shaw
Club: City of Orange, New South Wales
Tanya completes the roles of President and head coach at her club. Tanya organises fundraising to keep the club operating programs that are affordable, as Tanya believes every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim and pursue this further if they desire.
Name: Judy Dickinson
Club: Fairholme Aquatic, Queensland
Judy is a stalwart of the club, currently holding the role of President. Judy constantly thinks of how to improve the club and always helps out with everything at the club. Judy has an infectious passion for swimming and participation and is a role model for the community, by also volunteering at the Commonwealth Games.
Know anyone in your community like these nominees? Give them a nomination here