Monday, June 06, 2016

Volunteer Week 2016 – Saying thank you to Stuart Commins

"I volunteer because I want to, not because I have to. It is not only satisfying and rewarding it also allows me to help support my son in his chosen sport." Stuart Commins

The annual campaign, established in 1984, 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 Stuart Commins, President of North Ayrshire ASC, to find out a bit more about how and why he became a volunteer.

How are you involved in swimming?

I became involved with swimming through my youngest son, he joined NAASC as a Junior swimmer and has been with the club for the last 4 years or so.

What do you get out of being a volunteering?

Being a volunteer is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things I have ever done. I volunteer because I want to, not because I have to. It is not only satisfying and rewarding it also allows me to help support my son in his chosen sport. My son aslo loves his swimming club which like most clubs rely very much on volunteers to help in its running.

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

Anyone that would like to consider being a volunteer should try it, it is the most satisfying and rewarding thing you would ever do, everyone is so grateful and appreciative for volunteer helpers, and there is a great feeling of self-worth and contentment.

What is your volunteering highlight?

A highlight is always after the pool is set up for a meet, when you see all the clubs, swimmers, coaches and spectators poolside ready, and wanting to compete, there is always a great feeling of satisfaction that all these swimmers want to be the best they can be, and as a volunteer I have given them every opportunity to allow them to do that. 

Thank you Stuart and all volunteers who sit on Club and National committees for your time, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.

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

For more information about volunteering in general please click here:

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/

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