Local Legends

Local Legend

Swimming Australia is pleased to again launch the volunteer recognition program - Local Legends for 2018/2019.  Swimming Australia are passionate about acknowledging the Local Legends who love being involved in Swimming and who generously contribute their time for the greater good of our sport. 

Your Local Legend could be the timekeeper, the marshal, the parent running the sausage sizzle or any other volunteer.  Without help of our volunteers, our clubs and events could not operate smoothly.  The program will run from March to June 2019 and recognises stalwarts of our sport who dedicate their time behind the scenes to ensure our sport remains one of the most popular past times in Australia. 

It only takes 5 minutes to nominate a Local Legend. Your Local Legend could win our prestigious Local Legend of the Year Award, to be presented at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships in Melbourne in October and $500 in prize money.

This year, all monthly winners will be uploaded on our website at the end of each month and receive a Local Legend certificate.  In July 2019, all nominations will be sent to their respective states where a State Local Legend will be selected.  The 2019 Swimming Australia Local Legend of the Year will be chosen from one of the State Local Legends.

States will be given the opportunity to fly their state Local legend winner to Australian Short Course Championships 2019 in Melbourne.  Swimming Australia will provide one night’s accommodation and two tickets to attend the Australian Short Course Championships.  

Click below to nominate your Local Legends, and celebrate those who continue to inspire and promote volunteerism throughout swimming. 


2019 Optus Local Legends

  • Monthly Winners
  • Swimming Australia is currently collating monthly nominees. Winners will be awarded at the conclusion of each month.  

2018 Optus Local Legends

  • Winner
  • Congratulations to 2018 Optus Local Legend of the Year, Julia Roberts, Kambalda Amateur Swimming Club, WA (main picture on the left)

    Julia has been described as a ‘rare gem’ that has volunteered for the past 10 years for the Kambalda Amateur Swimming Club.  She has taken on many volunteer roles at the club including committee member, recorder, fundraiser and she has also been awarded life membership.  It is my pleasure to announce Julia Roberts as the 2018 Optus Local Legend of the Year.

  • Finalists
    • Chris Hayes, Deniliquin Amateur Swimming & Life Saving Club Inc, NSW
    • Kerri Donaldson-Mellor, Vitor Renmark, SA
    • Julie Walsh, Melton Swimming Club, VIC

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