Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Frank Jordan B.E.M.

Frank Jordan, Honorary President of Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming and Water Polo Club has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Swimming and Water Polo.  Frank is also a life member of his club, the midland district and Scottish Swimming.

Eighty-five year old Frank has been involved in swimming and water polo for 70 years and is still an active member of his club.  Frank who was a member of Dundee Whitehall, Belmont and NCR in the 1950’s and 1960’s founded Menzieshill Swimming and Water Polo Club in the 1970’s from a group of school children who attended Menzieshill High School, where he worked as the Swimming Instructor.

During his time at Menzieshill High School on 3 occasions he coached the school to the 100 mile swim relay world record and this achievement is recorded in the international swimming hall of fame in Fort Lauderdale. He also coached, Billy McGoldrick to a Bronze Medal in the relay team at the 1982 Commonwealth games in 1982 and the Menzieshill Ladies Water Polo Team to British Championship glory in 1984, along with various junior teams to Scottish cup glory in water polo.  In 2002 Frank was part of the group that worked to bring legendary American Olympic water polo coach, Monte Nitkowski to Scotland to deliver a two week water polo master class. Frank was at the fore-front of Menzieshill and Whitehall merging in 2003 to ensure the Whitehall name was retained to the sport.

Over the years he has also been an active campaigner for charity raising thousands of pounds for e cancer and stroke research.  He continues to attend Menzieshill Whitehall committee meetings, and overs advice to the new generation of the club.

This recognition is just rewards for years of ongoing commitment to the sport.

Citation kindly supplied by Murray McLeod, Dundee City Council

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