Thursday, June 1, 2017

Volunteer Week 2017 – Saying thank you to Jennifer Ewen

The annual volunteer week recognises the incredible work of volunteers across our community. Over the week, we will be focusing on some of our invaluable volunteers and saying thank you for all of their hard work.

Today we shine a spotlight on Jennifer Ewen, a Level 2 teacher at Buckie ASC.

What do you do in your role and what events do you volunteer at?

I teach two classes; stroke improver at Buckie ASC, working on correct technique in breaststroke.  The other class is building stamina and life-saving skills with a view to start competitive swimming. On Tuesday nights I take the intermediate/advanced training session, which is a 2 hour session working on stroke, stamina and speed. The advanced swimmers are aiming for 5000 - 6000 metres depending on the set.

I also do open water swimming, which is good for building lasting friendships and is totally different from pool swimming.  All weather swimming! Sometimes burnt to a crisp and next day emptying the water out of your boots. A relaxed and enjoyable experience!

What skills can volunteering help develop?

Some of the junior swimmers who struggle with breaststroke but persevere and go on to win medals makes it very worthwhile; nothing beats seeing the team winning.  Buckie ASC is doing very well at the moment taking a lot of medals in local galas and being mentioned at district meets.  We currently have about 30 trainers. I find it very rewarding.

We can’t thank Jennifer and all her fellow volunteers enough for all her help, it is them who help drive the continued success of swimming in Scotland.

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