Swim­ming club vol­un­teer Kath clocks up 21 years of ser­vice

Accrington Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A ‘COM­MIT­TED, mo­ti­vated and en­thu­si­as­tic’ swim­ming club vol­un­teer has been praised af­ter clock­ing up 21 years of ser­vice.

Bax­en­den coun­cil­lor Kath Pratt joined Pi­o­neer 79 swim­ming club in 1997 and over the past two decades has held the role of chair, sec­re­tary and pool­side life­guard.

Coun Pratt be­came in­volved af­ter qual­i­fy­ing as a swim­ming in­struc­tor.

Coach Mark Smith said: “I have worked closely with Kath for three years in her vol­un­tary role at Pi­o­neer 79 Swim­ming Club, where she has as­sisted me on a weekly ba­sis with our group of young com­pet­i­tive swim­mers.

“The swim­ming club could not func­tion without the sup­port of its vol­un­teers, and Kath is a su­perb role model to the team, bring­ing a calm and pos­i­tive ap­proach to the ses­sions and forg­ing ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ships with the swim­mers and coaches.

“She is com­mit­ted, mo­ti­vated and en­thu­si­as­tic, and th­ese qual­i­ties are most preva­lent when she is sup­port­ing the young swim­mers to achieve their best.”

Kath Pratt, pic­tured with Mark Smith, has racked up 21 years of vol­un­teer­ing with Pi­o­neer

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