Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Volunteer Week 2016

"I am so lucky to help and support, I see it as a great privilege the parents give me." Wyn McFadyen, Nairn Synchronised Swimming Club

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.

To kick things off we caught up with Wyn McFadyen, volunteer coach with Nairn Synchronised Swimming Club to find out how and why she became a volunteer.

How did you get involved in volunteering?

I got involved in volunteering because of my daughter, who was then 8, wanted to do synchro. She is now 37 and I still volunteer!

What do you get out of being a volunteer?

I love the children, seeing them grow and develop and meet challenges. I am so lucky to help and support, I see it as a great privilege the parents give me.

What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a volunteer?

Synchro is so complex, it is more than just an aquatic sport, which is what makes it so interesting and if you get the chance to help poolside, go for it.... you will not regret it.

What has been your volunteer highlight to date?

My highlight has to be a swimmer from Nairn competing at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. What more could a coach ask?

Thank you Wyn for all that you do.

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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