Last night at a committee meeting for The Court Amateur Swimming Club I found out I have been awarded Volunteer of the Year 2011. I have also been briefed that this means I have to take my swimsuit with me to the pool when I go to teach on Friday night as I will be pushed in.
I love my swimming life and having looked back at this year, I can't quite believe what I attempted and achieved.
I couldn't even put my head under water at the beginning of the year. Now I jump in, swim with my head underwater and attempt new things.
The year started with a Level 1 Teaching Aquatics Course. Closely followed by a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). I attempted this but failed on the timed swims.
Then I was invited to The House of Commons in May to receive the Big Splash Award http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/swimming/13364090.stm
Following this I have done several Continuing Professional Development Courses to enable me to teach people with disabilities.
Now to end the year on this high I can't quite believe the year I have had. It has certainly been challenging with things not being in my control. For instance the PINK POOL NIGHT being postponed due to Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre not reopening in time for the event in January.
On the whole I can be proud of what I have achieved and am achieving so I would definitely call this year a success.
I wish everyone a very wonderful Christmas and an extremely Happy New Year.