Whilst our fab swimmers were battling it out in the pool in Ellesmere Port, our even more fabulous Dave Collins was being awarded the most prestigious award granted by British Swimming to individuals/organisations for outstanding contribution to swimming.
Here is an extract written by British Swimming about Dave….
“Dave has played an integral part in aquatic sport in the North West Region for more than 40 years. After starting swimming at Urmston Swimming Club, he progressed to working as part of the poolside team delivering lessons. He served on the committee and was treasurer for many years before being appointed club secretary for Flixton (formerly Urmston) Swim Team. David has also held numerous roles as part of his involvement with the Manchester and District Swimming and Water Polo League since mid 10970s, including treasurer (1976-1980), secretary (1982-1986) and president in 1982. He has also been delegate for Flixton on the Central Lancashire Swimming and Water Polo Association. As a teenager, David trained as a referee and has spent hundreds of hours on poolside in this role. He is still very active in the counties and region today and can regularly be found officiating throughout the season at club gals, local associations plus county, regional and national championships. David is also a member of the Swim England Judicial Appointments Panel and provides support and expertise to the Swim England North West Governance group on constitutional and governance matters.
Dave is a truly loved individual and an important asset not just for our club, or the region but also nationally. The club would not be where it is today without his continued and consistent support for the past 40+ years. If any members do not know who Dave is, you soon will if you take part in any competitions around the North West (including our club championships) or compete at National events as David pretty much referees them all!!! Dave is also one of the very few Open Water swimming referees in the country. There is nothing Dave does not know about swimming, and this is shown by his nomination on to the national Judicial panel that makes national important decisions on swimming and governance.
Thank you Dave for every thing you have done, and continue to do.