Local sports award for Heanor lifesavers

ONCE again, the work of the volunteer helpers at Heanor Swimming Club has been recognised and celebrated by an Amber Valley Sports Award.

For the first time in the club’s 40-year history, a squad of eight girl members of the club competed at the World Lifesaving Championships in Egypt in late 2010.

Three parents acted as support to the squad during the full one week of competition which tested their lifesaving skills in the main pool, on the beach and in the surf.

Two of those parents were nominated for Amber valley Sport awards in late 2011, being:-

Gill Stallion was nominated as “Team Manager of the Year” based on all the preparation, pre-training and administration involved in co-ordinating such a major exercise.

Gill was awarded second place among the Amber Valley nominations for that particular category.

Dawn Pearson was nominated for the “Unsung Hero of the Year” award, resulting from her work in co-ordinating a group of club members and parents in a fund-raising exercise that raised over £12K to cover all costs of sending the squad to the event.

The fund-raising involved many aspects including cake sales, car-boot, raffles and tombola etc.

Dawn was recently presented with her award by Donna Rollinson of Amber Valley Sport Active.

Club chairman Ian Butterworth commented: “Our volunteer helpers are vital to the ongoing success and development of the club, enabling our members to learn swimming and lifesaving skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“We are delighted that the commitment and hard work of parents like Gill and Dawn has been recognised and celebrated locally by these Sports Awards”.

Interested

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about this local active swimming and lifesaving club contact the membership secretary Ginene Mason on Mobile 07855 222169 or visit the club website at www.heanorswimmingclub.org