2016 – 2017 Swimming WA Volunteer of the Year Programme
Do you know a Volunteer or Official in your Club who always goes the extra mile?
Would you like to recognise and reward your Club Volunteers and Officials?
Swimming WA presents the Volunteer of the Year Programme.
Swimming WA recognises that volunteers are a vital part of our sport and so has created a programme to promote and reward hard working volunteers.
From 1 October 2016, Swimming WA will call for nominations for a Volunteer of the Month each month until 30 April 2017. Nominations are to be sent to [email protected] by close of business on the last day of each month.
All volunteers who win a monthly award will be put forward for the Volunteer of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual Swimming WA Swimmer of the Year Awards event in 2017.
The Swimming WA Honours and Awards Committee will meet to decide on the monthly and yearly winners.
Both the nominator and the nominee must be current financial Swimming WA members.
Nominations received by Swimming WA will be forwarded to Swimming Australia’s Local Legends volunteer programme each month.
The Swimming WA Volunteer of the Month and Year will be recognised on the Swimming WA website wa.swimming.org.au and in the monthly newsletter, e-Splash and Club’s Corner newsletter.
Remember to email Swimming WA Club Development Coordinator, Emily Balcombe: [email protected] your Club’s volunteer good news stories to be put into the Swimming WA’s weekly Club’s Corner newsletter.
The Swimming WA Volunteer of the Month will receive a Swimming WA leather notebook and plaque. The monthly winners will automatically be nominated for the Swimming WA Volunteer of the Year.
The Swimming WA Volunteer of the Year will receive return flights, accommodation and tickets for two people to attend the Swimming Australia Swimmer of Year Awards in 2017.
To nominate a candidate for Swimming WA's Volunteer of the Month Award please click here.
“Volunteers are a vital part of Swimming in Western Australia. Their hard work at the state, regional and club levels continues to grow our sport and develop our swimmers” Carolyn Morrison, Swimming WA Performance and Development Manager.
Swimming WA encourages clubs to thank their volunteers. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Nominate them for the Swimming WA Volunteer of the Month
- Articles on the Club website, social media pages, newsletters and at Club nights and award nights
- Provide volunteers with a special uniform
- Include volunteers in decision making
- Organise a volunteer Club function
- Offer reduced fees or entry to events for volunteers
- Develop programmes such as Club Champions, recognising long term volunteer efforts
- Fund training for volunteers e.g. attending the Swimming WA Annual Conference
- Recognise volunteers in local community newspapers or around your training facility
- Write a story about volunteer efforts for the Swimming WA Club’s Corner Newsletter
- Celebrate International Volunteers Day – 5 December
- Name awards after long serving volunteers
- Develop a culture that values volunteers
John Fielding named 2015/16 Volunteer of the Year
Swimming WA is pleased to announce the 2015/16 Volunteer of the Year is John Fielding from Perth City Swimming Club.
Nominations were presented to the Swimming WA Honours and Awards Committee, which selected the winner early in the new year.
John was presented his award during the 2016 Swimmer of the Year Awards and said he was honoured to receive the accolade.
John has been President of Perth City Swimming Club for the past four years and also serves as the club Secretary and Treasurer. John is known for his foresight and his dedication to supporting the Club’s coaches and swimmers. His work in affiliating with Perth College has granted the Club’s coaches with the support to focus on getting the very best from their athletes.
Fielding was awarded with a trophy and will receive return flights, accommodation and tickets for two people to attend the 2016 Swimming Australia Swimmer of the Year Awards later this year.
Swimming will accept nominations for the August Volunteer of the Month award until Wednesday 31 August. For more information visit wa.swimming.org.au/volunteers