Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Volunteer Week 2016 – Saying thank you to Ed Adam

"Being part of the team that helped Thurso ASC grow in stature and achieve success at District and National events only a few years after its formation has given me particular pleasure." Ed Adam

We continue celebrating the annual volunteer week campaign, established in 1984, which recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our sport so we would like to use the next 12 days as an opportunity to say ‘thank you’.

While we will focus on some individuals about why they volunteer, our thanks are not just limited to them. We say thank you to everyone who gives of their time so freely to support the aquatics community across Scotland.

Today we meet Ed Adam, ong-time member of Thurso ASC, to find out a bit more about how and why he became a volunteer.

How are you involved in swimming?

I’ve been around a long time actively supporting Thurso ASC and SASA North District in a variety of roles since 1967, including:

Thurso ASC:

  • Management committee member
  • Club Secretary
  • Club President
  • Honorary Club president
  • Squad Coach.
  • STO Convenor
  • RLSS instructor and examiner


SASA North District:

  • Swimming Convenor
  • STO Convenor
  • Vice President
  • President


National Level:

  • STO Convenor
  • Editorial Board Chair
  • One of the Referee team at the 1986 Commonwealth Games (Edinburgh)
  • A member of the British Swim. STO team at first two World Short Course Champs, (Palma and Rio Brazil)

What do you get out of being a volunteering?

Being part of the team that helped Thurso Amateur Swimming Club grow in stature and achieve success at District and National events only a few years after its formation has given me particular pleasure. My STO activities have given me the opportunity to meet volunteers other than just my own club and this has resulted in new friends and acquaintances.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering?

Volunteers are essential for any club to prosper and succeed and it is essential that new volunteers come forward on a regular basis. The lack of sufficient volunteer has resulted in clubs being disbanded and this has to be avoided at all cost. Although it is said that volunteering is not for everyone, I would particularly encourage parents with youngsters in a club, to give it a try. 

What is your volunteering highlight?

The two that stand out most for me are being a Referee at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games in 1986 and being awarded Life Membership of Scottish Amateur Swimming Association in 1997.

We are so fortunate to have many long serving members like Ed who have given the sport and the Association many years of fantastic service and dedication. We thank you all.

For more information about volunteering in clubs please click here: http://www.scottishswimming.com/members/volunteers.aspx

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