MEET A LO­CAL LEG­END

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WHIT­SUN­DAY woman Theresa Man­ning has ded­i­cated her time to the Can­non­vale Can­nons Swim­ming Club for more than 20 years as club sec­re­tary.

She has also been pres­i­dent of Swim­ming North Queens­land for the past two years and was sec­re­tary for seven years prior to that.

It comes as no sur­prise to those that know Mrs Man­ning that she has been nom­i­nated for Swim­ming Aus­tralia’s ‘Lo­cal Le­gends of the Year’ award.

Lo­cal Le­gends is an ini­tia­tive of Swim­ming Aus­tralia, de­signed to recog­nise the great work of vol­un­teers within the swim­ming com­mu­nity and the com­mit­ment they make to their lo­cal club.

Mrs Man­ning will be in the run­ning among fi­nal­ists from all over the coun­try – with the win­ner an­nounced at the Swim­ming Aus­tralia 2018 Gala Din­ner in Mel­bourne next month.

Mrs Man­ning’s big­gest achieve­ment to date was last

year when she was awarded a Life Mem­ber­ship Award from Swim­ming Queens­land. This was a very wor­thy hon­our, cel­e­brat­ing her con­tri­bu­tion to the sport of swim­ming.

“I was very hum­bled and taken aback by the award – I never ex­pected it,” Mrs Man­ning said, adding that she started vol­un­teer­ing when her daugh­ter be­gan swim­ming at the club at 7 years old.

“You don’t do it for recog­ni­tion, you do it for the plea­sure of watch­ing the chil­dren ex­cel at sport.”

The 59-year-old mother of one also notes that she is es­pe­cially proud of how the Can­non­vale Can­nons Club has grown over the years, with many club mem­bers mak­ing it to a na­tional level.

While keep­ing busy at the Can­non­vale Can­nons Swim­ming Club, Mrs Man­ning also vol­un­teers her time at Swim­ming North Queens­land, where as pres­i­dent she helps guide and develop other swim­ming clubs in the North Queens­land area.

DEB FRIEND PHOTO:

RECOG­NI­TION: Theresa Man­ning was nom­i­nated for the Swim­ming Aus­tralia’s Lo­cal Le­gends of the Year award.

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