Swimming Club's Kelly Podbury receives top award
Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club leader has been presented with a top
volunteering award this week.
Amateur Swimming Association has given Kelly Podbury a County Award
as she performs both Competition Secretary and Volunteer Co-ordinator
roles for Somerset ASA.
said: "Sport at Club, County, Regional and National level relies
on volunteers. And on Day 7 of Volunteers Week we would like to
pay tribute to all the Volunteer Co-ordinators and Meet Promoters."
often people only realise how much Volunteer Co-ordinators and Meet
Promoters do when they stop or leave an organisation. So it is particularly
pleasing to see Kelly Podbury receive a County Award as she performs
both Competition Secretary and Volunteer Co-ordinator roles for
of you will have seen Kellys smiling face or heard her cheerful
voice at a pool somewhere after she took on the role of Competition
Secretary a few years ago. Her infectious enthusiasm caught hold
of everyone as she endeavoured to find out all she could about the
role and how she could make sure that the Countys Championships
were the best they could be at that time."
training took her up to Ponds Forge and national competitions where
she found out how it could be done, what worked and what didn't.
She admitted she did't know a lot about running competitions at
the time but was willing to learn and boy did she soak up the information."
Secretary is a challenging role, not least because Swim England
can change the guidelines with unsettling regularity, but also within
such a large and diverse County you can guarantee it's not possible
to please everyone all of the time."
Kelly revels in a challenge. Every year she listens to feedback
and then consults to try and ensure that we provide the best opportunities
for our swimmers through both our Championships and our Development
Meet. The organisation is tremendous and improvements are made every
year as new initiatives are tried."
is also our Young Volunteer Co-ordinator, which she has found to
be one of the most rewarding roles in volunteering. Seeing our young
volunteers learn and develop as they push themselves beyond their
comfort zones is inspiring. There are not many 15/16 year olds who
would be willing to give announcing a go to an audience of hundreds
and do it so well. Kellys quiet but motivational encouragement
that makes all this possible."
Bowen, County Secretary, added: "Kelly is always there to support
other members of the committee when required a real team
player. Ive totally lost count of the times shes asked
me if she can help, when I know that shes pushed to the limit
herself. On behalf of Somerset ASA, a massive thank you for the
contribution you have made, and we hope will continue to make, to
enrich so many people's journey through aquatics."