Aquaforce Award Winners 2011 - Michael White
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:06
Aquaforce Volunteer Award Winners 2011
Outstanding contribution by an 18-25 year old: Michael White (Leiston & District SC)
Mike joined Leiston and District Swimming Club over two years ago.
Mike has achieved personal success as a swimmer when he was a member of the St Felix School Swimming Club and went on to gain his Level 1 Teaching Aquatics with them. Having now left St Felix School Mike joined Leiston and District Swimming Club both to carry on his swimming and to become a volunteer.
Mike now takes an active role in the Junior Squads, he teaches both the Learn to Swim and the Development Squad. In L2Swim Mike takes a group and works closely with them to improve against the NPTS levels, he is quietly confident and keeps the interests and attentions of the group. In the last year or so Mike has developed a fantastic bond and rapport with many of the younger members.
In the development squad, Mike teaches a pair of lanes and works with the schedule well especially the technical aspects where as a very good swimmer himself he can personally demonstrate the strokes/starts/turns to a high skill level and can point out improvement areas and back these up with real examples, as we know actions can speak a hundred words!
As a Level 2, Mike has also overseen our competitive squad a few times in the absence of the head coach. He undertakes this role with maturity beyond his years. He offers support, advice and ideas to his fellow volunteers at the club, both at meetings and informally on poolside. Mike has some good ideas about how to progress the club, especially in a leadership role. He would be very willing to do a Level 3 Teaching Aquatics when one is available. Mike also oversees other volunteers at the club, working alongside both adult and junior poolside helpers, to maintain a high level of teaching.
Mike also has his NPLQ certification (so he can lifeguard if required), he gives the club several hours per week as a volunteer and is always willing to help at novice gala's etc. Mike undertakes 2 hours NPLQ training each month and has mentored a parent in getting through the NPLQ exam in order to help the club with lifeguarding. Mike is there at every session of the swim club either teaching or swimming, his commitment to the club is exceptional.
Mike has completed his swimming qualifications while studying for his ‘A’ Levels. Therefore has found it hard to complete any CPD courses, but he has shown the commitment to take on more formal training once his examinations have all been completed.
The children and other teachers get on well with Mike and he is highly respected as a Teacher/Swimmer and club volunteer.