Chairman's Message 2013-2014

2013-12-09 21:35:37

Message from the Chairman


It is with great pleasure and pride that I take on the Chairman’s role for this coming year, following the AGM on 25.11.13. I would like to place on record my thanks to the departing Chairman Terry Kingsbury who has now served the club for thirty nine years, my thanks also go to Neville Smith who filled the role of Welfare Officer. Both have helped the club enormously over the past couple of years.

Reflecting back over the last year, it has been another very productive year for Dover Life Guard Club, all disciplines have been very active in their fields. The swimmers have enjoyed huge success with some representing the club at Nationals, SER and Kent’s, with many achieving personal best times and records along the way. We have had successful channel relay teams in the summer completing in fine times, and three solo attempts which although were unsuccessful, should feel very proud of all the hard work and dedicated training they endured. The Water Polo team has entered the national league for the first time this year, which is a major feat. The learn to swim team goes from strength to strength, with a waiting list of over two years for new learners that wish to enrol in the programme. We have within the club now over four hundred children registered on the books.

As with a club of this size, it does not run itself, it relies on an army of helpers and I wish to thank all the teams of volunteers that work tirelessly within the club throughout the year. I think it is important to impress that more work goes on behind the scenes than at the poolside, and what you see on a gala day or training/teaching sessions are the final product of sometimes hours of hard work. It should be reiterated that all within the club are volunteers, and they dedicate their own time and effort purely for the sport and to help the swimmers. They seek no reward, but I can tell you the occasional thank you from a swimmer or parent does go a long way. It has been commented by the ASA this year, and other clubs, that they are surprised and impressed that a club of this size has no paid workers embedded in it.

The club has through the past year been recognised with Terry Kingsbury winning the South East Regional volunteer of the year, and making to the final in National competition. And only recently Head Coach, Tim Hyde has been placed in top three for the coach of the year, the club wishes him all the best for the gala dinner when the winner will be announced. Lewis Young earned silver prize in the 2013 Kent County Council Try Angle Awards, in the volunteering category for his work in the club.

The club has launched a new updated website, linked into a Facebook page and also a Twitter feed. Please keep an eye on the website for all your news as we will be putting more and more information on there and will be reducing the amount of emails that are sent out.

The club also through the year again maintained its Swim 21 accreditation, this is a notable accolade that all swimming clubs strive to achieve and maintain. Well done for the work put into this.

The coaching team in competitive swimming has increased it’s size, the addition of Lee Evans has eased the pressure off Tim and hopefully in the new year further qualifications being gained by more coaches/teachers.

I would like to ask that all accounts be bought up to date with Laura Basford, I am aware that there a few that have fallen behind with payments. Being in significant arrears of your payments may result in 2014 membership being delayed. Any issues of difficulties, please contact Laura immediately.

I remind everybody in the club from coaches, teachers, members, swimmers and parents that we act at all times with decorum and good behaviour. In these days this is not confined to the poolside, changing rooms or the balcony, but also on any social media sites. I have had the experience of being aware of some comments made on social media this year, and have to say this saddens me greatly.

If there is a grievance, bring it to the clubs attention in the proper fashion, and in the correct manner to the appropriate person. There are procedures that are to be followed whatever the situation, going directly to the ASA does not help the issues. The club will deal with any documented complaint, and will always listen to any concerns if this is done in the correct way. We have a new welfare officer David Sharp, who I hope will not been burdened with trivial matters which are not welfare issues. Dave has previous experience of this role in a previous sports club so hopefully he should hit the ground running.  

If any member, swimmer, parent, etc misbehaves or causes “disharmony”, they will be dealt with in accordance to our codes/procedures.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all of you and all your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and also wish you continued success with the Dover Life Guard Club.


Mike Corbo



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