Members of Heanor Swimming Club have recently celebrated yet more honours for the Club, but this time it represents national recognition of the ongoing and background work that is being done by the club’s dedicated group of volunteers.
Each year the national governing body (RLSS – Royal Lifesaving Society) hosts an honours ceremony at the Guildhall in London to present honours in recognition of the ongoing and essential voluntary work on poolside or in running lifesaving clubs throughout the UK.
Heanor had three reasons to cheer with three club members receiving awards at the event.
Suzanne Selway was nominated for 10 years service to RLSS and membership of Heanor Swimming Club. During that time she has become fully involved in a vital role as welfare officer although more recently she has qualified for poolside coaching roles, which now occupy even more of her time!
In London, Kev Mosley was honoured for 16 years of service to the society. He has also dedicated an incredible 25 years as a member of Heanor Swimming Club and is still as fully involved as ever at poolside during club nights at Heanor in his role as lifesaving officer.
Dawn Pearson was presented with the Ken White Trophy, which is awarded annually to the society’s national fundraiser of the year.
In 2010 the Heanor club had its first ever experience of competing at the World Lifesaving Championships which was hosted in Egypt. Dawn was one of a group of three adults who managed the squad of eight HSC girls that competed in pool, beach and surf events over a full week in October of that year.
The HSC team manager for that event was Gill Stallion who was also nominated for RLSS awards at Nntional level. However, Dawn’s work at that time in fundraising over £12,000 for HSC by a combination of tombolas, cake stalls, fashion shows and car-boot sales was recognised and celebrated by presentation of the trophy.
Current Club Chairman Ian Butterworth commented “We are delighted that the background voluntary work by a wider group of poolside helpers and organisers is recognised and celebrated in this way by RLSS at a national level. The continued commitment and support of such volunteers enables HSC to develop, practice and compete to show lifesaving skills essential for the club to continue its success for the future”.
Anyone interested in joining or learning more about this local active swimming and lifesaving club should contact membership secretary Ginene Mason on 07855 222169 or visit the club website at www.heanorswimmingclub.org