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HILLING­DON Swimming Club has bid a fond farewell to a coach who has been with the club for more than 30 years.

Dave Austin is re­tir­ing from coach­ing af­ter three decades, hav­ing started out as a par­ent watch­ing from the gallery when his daugh­ters swam for the club in the 1980s.

En­cour­aged by club pres­i­dent Daphne Short, he be­came in­volved with coach­ing and quickly gained qual­i­fi­ca­tions in both coach­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing, and has since coached hun­dreds of swim­mers.

Daphne said: “Dave has al­ways been a great favourite with the swim­mers and was al­ways sur­rounded by them at club pre­sen­ta­tion evenings. The club has been ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have had such a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the team for so long and we will all miss Dave at train­ing ses­sions and of­fi­ci­at­ing at galas.”

At the re­cent club ses­sion, Short pre­sented Austin with a sil­ver quaich and gift vouch­ers, while he also re­ceived gift vouch­ers from swim­mers and their fam­i­lies.

n FAREWELL: Dave Austin with mem­bers of Hilling­don Swimming Club

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