Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Volunteer Week 2016 – Saying thank you to Kevin Paterson

"I get enjoyment in being able to help Athletes/Masters/para-swimmers fulfil their goals and dreams." Kevin Paterson

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 Kevin Paterson of Bridge of Don ASC who spends many an hour on the pool deck officiating at Meets.

How did you get involved in volunteering?

I started as a timekeeper at club meets and progressed through to become a British Swimming Referee/FINA Starter/IPC Starter at National and International meets. I currently sit on the National STO committee and have been the North District STO convenor for the last 8 years. I am also a Level 2 Teacher and coach and have coached all levels of the club and was head coach for a number of years.

What do you get out of being a volunteering?

I get enjoyment in being able to help Athletes/Masters/para-swimmers fulfil their goals and dreams.

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

Have a go! Once you get involved you will really enjoy it and seeing the enjoyment the swimmers get.

What is your volunteering highlight?

My volunteering highlight would have to be being appointed as a senior official (Starter) at the Commonwealth Games in my home country.  

Thank you Kevin and all our Officials for the fantastic job you do week in, week out.

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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