Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Volunteer Week 2017 – Saying thank you to East District Swimming Volunteers

The annual volunteer week recognises the incredible work of volunteers across our community. On and between 1-7 June, we will be focusing on some of the individuals who make up our large, dedicated army of aquatics volunteers and thanking them for all their hard work.

Today we heard from Helen Murray, whose services to swimming were recognised in the New Year’s honours list when she was awarded an MBE. Like so many of her peers, Helen continues to spend many an hour supporting events at local, national and international level.

What sort of roles are there for volunteers? 

Lots! Marshalling competitors, stewarding spectators/competitors, admission desk, results runners, photocopying, live streaming camera work, announcing, photography, pool set up and take down, medal presentation preparation, basket carriers, water carriers for STO’s etc. etc.

What makes a good Volunteer? 

A willingness to assist in any role, for example, working with the public and the athletes and support staff, putting the sport first.

What are the first steps to getting involved as a volunteer? 

Ask at your local club about what support is needed. And no matter how much or little time you can offer you will be made very welcome.

Any special highlights for volunteering? 

Volunteering can lead to participation in major events - Commonwealth Games and European, World Championships, meeting like-minded people from all walks of life and from many countries.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Helen and our colleagues across all districts for the time they invest in our sport. Events do not run without the support of the aquatics community and the magnificent work volunteers do.

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

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