Local Legends


Swimming Australia is pleased to again launch the volunteer recognition program - Local Legends for 2021. 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 continue running across 2021 to recognise stalwarts of our sport who dedicate their time behind the scenes to ensure swimming remains one of the most popular past times in Australia. 

Ron Barnes

It only takes 5 minutes to nominate a Local Legend.

All winners will be uploaded on our website and receive a Local Legend certificate. The 2021 Swimming Australia Local Legend of the Year will be chosen from one of the State Local Legends and the Local Legends currently recognised on the Swimming Australia website.

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

Previous Local Legend Winners

  • 2020 Local Legend Winner
  • Local Legend of the Year, Helen Hardy has held nearly every committee position available at the Southside Penrhos Wesley Swimming Club and serves as a technical official. Under her guidance the West Australian club has thrived, widely acknowledged as one of WA’s best swimming clubs.
    Not only does she dedicate her time to serving on the committee, but she has been instrumental in the support and development of the Central Zone and now serves as the Zone Coordinator. In true volunteer spirit, Hardy dedicates further time to assist WA Swimming with competition planning, serving on the state’s Competition Planning Committee.
    “Thank you so much for the Swimming Australia Local Legend Award on ongoing appreciation of the many Volunteers in our community. I am sure there are so many others deserving of recognition,” she said.

    "For me, I started volunteering for swimming at Club level when my now three very much adult kids joined our club.
    “Now near 15 years later, whilst only one is still swimming and no longer at home, I still enjoy giving back to the sport. Being retired, I really enjoy the multi-tasking mental stimulation and at times challenges of pulling competitions together and trying to do the best for our swimmers and I encourage all to volunteer in some capacity.”

  • 2019 Local Legend Winner
  • Local Legend, Matt Roberts from Nambucca Aquatic Swim Club, was nominated by an overwhelming popular vote from members of his club.

    Like all of our wonderful volunteers in our swimming community, Matt is constantly giving his time, commitment and passion for his club.

    Over the year’s Matt's roles have included club president, BBQ chef at Swim Club day, fundraising star, merchandise manager and presentation night event organiser.

    Matt's ability to foster great relationships has put the club in great stead financially and helped the club become an integral part of Nambucca’s wider community.

    Matt's talents include bringing the best out of others, according to club committee member, Leigh Eastwood.

    "He recently approached the Lions Club who donated some money to assist with the travelling costs for our swimmers to go to Sydney to participate in State Championships. This not only helped the family’s budgets , but also encouraged the kids,” she said.

    "Following on from this, Matt organised for the young swimmers that the Lions Club supported to attend the Lions Club meeting and do a presentation on their experience and swims in Sydney," she added.

    "I see this as a great follow on for the kids general development, building their confidence and giving them an opportunity to develop public speaking skills.

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. This is a quote from Winston Churchill and it’s very true in Matt’s case.”

    Congratulations, Matt! A deserved winner of Swimming Australia’s Local Legend.


  • 2018 Local Legend Winner
  • Congratulations to 2018 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.

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