From providing commentary on pool deck to turning sausages on the barbeque, Ron Barnes is a treasure of the Western Australian Swimming Community.
Coinciding with National Volunteers Week, Barnes was aptly crowned the state’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the 2019 Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards at the weekend.
Heavily involved with the Breakers Swimming Club, he’s an active member who ensures correct governance practices are followed during key decision making, as well as aiding the club’s strategic direction.
Speaking to Swimming WA, Barnes detailed how he first got involved with the club in his volunteer role.
“Helen Hull (former President of Breakers Swimming Club) asked me to help out at a Breakers Splash Swim Meet five years ago,” Barnes said.
“During that time, I was on the Breakers Committee as Records Officer. I started volunteering to help out but also because being involved was enjoyable for me.”
“I have cooked a few sausages in my day, having been involved in many clubs including those in rugby, squash, surf, tennis, and golf, as well as swimming.”
Barnes is never too far from the microphone on pool deck.
Volunteering countless hours at more than 20 meets per year, Barnes is a familiar voice who invites you back to the pool weekend after weekend – he is the voice of swimming in WA and one that is not so easily forgotten.
More than 7,000 Volunteers give their time to swimming in Western Australia annually. This includes; 180 technical officials, 200 coaches, 300 club committee members, more than 6,000 parents.
For more information on how you can get involved and volunteer you time, visit our volunteers page.