swim teacher Pat Pusill receives long-service award
resident Pat Pusill has been presented with a prestigious award
this week to mark her service to aquatic sport over 37 years.
England has named her as the 'South West Region Winner for Service
to Aquatics in 2017'.
was presented with the award for showing outstanding volunteering
services in the sport at club, county and regional level plus to
the local community of Burnham-On-Sea.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week it was a "great honour"
to receive the award.
she was introduced to open water swimming by her father, which was
a tradition passed onto her own children.
is one of Swim England's many dedicated volunteers, carrying out
her duties quietly for the benefit of local swimmers and love of
volunteering journey started in 1980 when like so many other parents
her children joined Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club.
her children started competing Pat became the Team Manager and Competition
Secretary in addition to Membership Secretary.
also played an active role on the Committee, duties she continued
to perform many years after they left the club.
compled her Level 1 and Level 2 teaching awards to develop her technical
knowledge of the strokes and competitive skills required for the
swimmers to enjoy the sport and compete at the highest possible
enthusiasm and passion to support the swimmers and club activities
encouraged many others to volunteer over the years, including 2016
Aquatics Young Volunteer runner up Nathan Clarke and 2016 Youths
Sport Trust Coaching Academy candidate, whom she mentored.
skills gained have been used for the benefit of the local community.
Pat continues to teach swimming as a volunteer for three primary
schools and has supported Somerset/SW Sea Cadet Corps swimming activities.
content with helping at club level she began volunteering for Somerset
ASA in 1983 marshalling at events, (continuing to date), and performing
these duties for SW ASA 1985 - 2008.
outstanding contribution to aquatics within Somerset was rewarded
with a Somerset County Badge in 2000 and Somerset ASA Wyvern Plate
for Services in 2004.
outstanding service was recognised in 2010 when she was awarded
Life Membership of Burnham-On-Sea S.C. and a 2011 Burnham &
Highbridge Civic Award for Services to Swimming.
2016 Pat left Burnham-On-Sea and joined Norton Radstock Swimming
Club, a club in which she had made many friends over the years,
acting as a critical friend when asked for advice, acknowledging
her wealth of experience in all club matters.
joined the poolside team, teaching on a Tuesday evening for 2 1/2
hours, making a round trip of 54 miles, where she is a well-respected