The Join In blog: Tagged "Swimming"

Helen, right, was the Results Announcer at the Aquatics Centre.
Helen, right, was the Results Announcer at the Aquatics Centre.

Lending a hand (and a voice) at the European Aquatics Championships

The 2016 European Aquatics Championships have taken place this week at London’s iconic Aquatics Centre, where Europe’s best swimmers, divers and synchro swimmers are competing for the coveted title of European champion.

We go behind the scenes to meet Join in Local Leaders Helen Seamer and Jo Bartholomew – and find out about their experience of volunteering at such a major event.

One of approximately 140 volunteers, Helen was asked to help out as results announcer at the synchronised swimming event, having gained some experience in the role at national level. “It was a great opportunity to be involved in sports presentation at the next level” says Helen. “I now have a whole new perspective on how a major event is presented to a live audience and learned such a lot from the professionals on the crew.

I had a clear view of all the action from my poolside seat and it was fantastic to see what is happening at the top of the sport – with the world champions Russia there to defend their European titles. It was also exciting to see the British team in action, including the duet of Olivia Federici and Katie Clark who have secured a quota place for Rio. They must have been thrilled with the reaction from the hugely supportive audience!” (more…)

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Remap engineers help make sport more accessible to all.

Designing for disabled athletes

Engineers. Artisans. Designer-makers. Peter Vielvoye joined them to make a difference in disability sport.

Peter Vielvoye happened across a notice in a local magazine. It asked for those with workshop experience to help disabled people lead more independent lives.

For the recently retired Design and Technology teacher, it was perfect. He would join 15 other engineers on Remap’s Gloucestershire panel in designing and tailoring equipment to fit individual needs.

The process is straightforward. People from the community send their requests and one of the charity’s engineers solves the problem. These innovations span the breadth of the imagination from a wheelchair with reversing mirrors, to an easy-to-use electronic toy switch for a child with cerebral palsy. For Peter Vielvoye, it involved creating the Throwster. (more…)

Stephanie Slater will be swimming for Olympic gold in Rio 2016.

From Games Maker to gold medal hopeful

When Olympic hopeful Stephanie Slater lost the use of her arm, she thought she would never swim again; but her experience as a London 2012 Games Maker inspired her to get back in the pool.

Four years ago, Stephanie Slater was one of Team GB’s swimming hopefuls, a prospect for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Games.

But at the tender age of 20, Stephanie’s swimming career looked destined for a premature end when she suffered unexplained nerve damage during a training session and lost the use of her left arm.


Join In Local Leaders give clubs a Big Thank You

In the build up to the Big Thank You with Get Inspired and Join In, some of our Local Leaders have been busy thanking volunteers around the country for the time they give to sport clubs in their communities.

Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club

The youngsters of Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club owe their enjoyment of their sport to Richard Carter and his team of volunteers.

The Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club Thank You Visit (more…)

Local Leader Helen Seamer: What volunteering means to me

Helen Seamer is one of Join In’s 250 volunteer Local Leaders, our people on the ground helping local sports clubs to connect with volunteers. She explains how she got into volunteering and what she gets out of it.

“I have always thought that there is a sport for absolutely everyone – it’s a question of trying them out to find the right one for you. I had this in mind when looking for something for my children to do. Two were early swimmers, so competitive swimming was an easy choice for the first.

My daughter was a bit different, having no inclination for speed swimming or ball sports. It happened that the swimming club in my little town in Kent, Hythe Aqua, had a synchronised swimming section. She gave it a try and was immediately hooked.

I used to watch in wonder at the amazing workout that is a synchro training session, and I quickly got roped in as a poolside helper. Level 1 coaching soon followed and I found myself getting deeper and deeper into the sport as a volunteer, becoming the county manager after a few years of learning the ropes.


Be a Games Starter for Nottingham 2015 CP World Games

Athletes from around the world will travel to Nottingham in August 2015 for the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) World Games – and you could be among the volunteers helping them.

The 11 days of games from 6 August to 16 August give sportsmen and women with cerebral palsy the chance to compete against each other on an international stage.

CPISRA has launched the Games Starter programme to recruit volunteers to support competitions and athletes themselves, with roles ranging from media liaison to results runner, and event organisation to ceremony support.

To make the opportunity even more special, Games Starters will be able to stay in a dedicated Volunteer Village, hosted on the Clifton Site of Nottingham Trent University, for a cost of only £15 per person per night. (more…)

Mark Foster makes a splash at Chelmsford Diving Club

Around thirty young members of Chelmsford Diving Club turned up to meet swimming legend Mark Foster. With six World Championship titles, two Commonwealth titles and ten European titles to his name Mark is one of the UK’s most decorated swimmers but these kids are all part of diving club so did Mark’s formidable swimming skills extend to the diving board? We’d find out later in the evening.



On the third day of Christmas we present: Three swimmers, swimming

On the third day of Christmas we salute some of our Join In ambassadors – perhaps you recognise them?

We altered the well-known ‘12 Days of Christmas’ carol to pay homage to the many fantastic people and organisations who gave up their valuable time in 2013 for the benefit of others.



Mark Foster visits South London Swimming Club at Tooting Lido

Olympian Mark Foster joined us on a visit to South London Swimming Club at Tooting Lido recently to find out more about the club and champion the role of volunteers in clubs like SLWC. See photos from the day, and get inspired to volunteer with Join In.

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