Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In 2015 the Amateur Swimming Association launched a brand new awards scheme designed to celebrate the achievements of swimmers and the contribution made by the thousands of volunteers around the country who keep the sport running.   Nominations were invited from the 1051 affiliated clubs around the country for 18 different awards.

This year local swimming club, Leyland Barracudas, were delighted to make a number of nominations for awards, as follows:-

  • ASA Achievement Award: Youth Participant - Aidan Moore
  • ASA Learn to Swim Award - Ethan Kay
  • ASA Learn to Swim Award - Yasmin Elliott
  • ASA Achievement Award: Disabled Participant - Thomas Pearce
  • ASA Achievement Award: Senior Participant - Carole Jepson
  • ASA Achievement Award: Senior Participant - Chris Hamer
  • ASA Young Volunteer - Katie Wood
  • ASA Volunteer of the Year - Mark Snaylam
  • ASA Volunteer of the Year - Vicky Pickup
  • ASA Volunteer of the Year - Jayne Elliott
  • ASA Teacher of the Year - Rosie Martland
To everyone’s delight the ASA have invited Yasmin Elliott to attend the Awards Final to be held at The University of Birmingham on 26 November. The event will be hosted by Mike Farrar, the ASA Group Board Chair who will be joined by Rio 2016 Olympic diving bronze medallist Dan Goodfellow and Rio 2016 Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Robinson, who will be presenting the awards.
Yasmin has been shortlisted from thousands of nominees for the ASA Learn to Swim Award. Unlike most six year olds Yasmin has had quite a bit to cope with so far in her young life. The youngest of three children she joined Leyland Barracudas ASC in May 2015 to join her two older sisters. Having lost one of her grandparents suddenly shortly after joining the club Yasmin also had to cope with her father being taken seriously ill in December 2015. His illness has resulted in him being unable to continue to work and has meant that the normal family routine of Mum and Dad being involved in daily life and, in particular the girls’ swimming, is not possible to the same extent. Like her sisters Yasmin had to learn to adjust. She knows to observe her Dad’s state of health and to identify when he needs to be left in peace and quiet. Without other immediate family members around for support she and her sisters have had to work as a team with their Mum to keep up their daily lives, and in particular, their swimming and other activities. Despite everything going on around her Yasmin achieved the highest of the ASA’s ‘Duckling’ swimming awards, Duckling 4, at age 4 and moved on to the more advanced aquatic awards quickly progressing through to her Stage IV in June this year.  She also had her first taste of competition, competing in her first club gala in May this year without any disqualifications, demonstrating her technical proficiency.  Yasmin has a promising swimming career ahead of her and everyone at the club are keeping their fingers crossed for the national awards final on 26 November.  Whether she walks away with the award or not, to have been selected from the thousands of nominations across the country is quite an achievement and one to be immensely proud of.
Yasmin’s achievements have been possible, in part, due to the level of commitment made by the volunteers and teachers who give up their time to run the club.  Parents who joined the club so their children could learn to swim and who have gone the extra mile to support, not just their own children, but have given up their time to support all members of the club making the Barracudas a healthy competitive club with lots of opportunities for swimming progression.   Whilst some of the parents had previous experience of competitive swimming from their own childhood many just joined to support their own child’s interest.   They have all gone on to gain qualifications either to teach or officiate within the sport.   This means that Leyland Barracudas are able to operate as one of the select ASA Swim 21 Clubs.  (Swim 21 is a development model intended to focus on the needs of swimmers, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential.)