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Officiating regularly, she joined the British Swimming Hypervenom Michael Jordan Development Programme in 2008 before getting International FINA recognition this year.
After officiating at the UK versus USA in the Pool in Manchester in 2009, Akers was invited to officiate at the Europe versus USA event in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011, where her tasks included vetting the costume of Michael Phelps to ensure that it was legal.
have 180 children registered, he added. enjoy watching the juniors develop and it good fun.
Since becoming chairman in 2009, Kellogg has helped the club to reduce its bills, project managing renewable energy installations such as roof solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, having first submitted three successful grant applications to fund the projects.
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it a good feeling to be able to deliver an event where everything goes to plan and all the swimmers get to perform to their best, she added.
Kellogg who first played for Spondon as a teenager before rejoining the club when his son wanted to play cricket has been doing voluntary coaching work, gradually becoming more involved in the club day to day running, helping to increase its membership and improve its financial fortunes.
When not competing or officiating at national and international level she can be found on the poolside more locally virtually every weekend, officiating at Long Eaton Swimming Club events and at other regional and county meetings.
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It the latest reward for Akers, who qualified as a British Swimming Referee in 2001, at the time becoming the youngest person in the country to achieve this highest level of qualification.
shocked and thrilled to be recognised in this way, it great that someone has taken the time to nominate me, Kellogg added.
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Three time Olympic badminton player Donna has been named Sportsperson of the Year at the Derbyshire Sports Awards twice and was presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the event in 2010.
Akers also continues to compete as a swimmer. Next year, she is set to fly straight from refereeing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to compete at the World Masters Championships in Montreal.
being selected on to the FINA list, said Akers.
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been to the event once before when Donna received an award and it a fantastic event so I really looking forward to the evening. LONG Eaton Swimming Club Helen Akers hit the heights this year when she was appointed to the swimming officials list for FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation).
towards for the last four or five years so to actually be selected was brilliant. Akers has officiated at the English National Championships for many years. She has also volunteered at the Scottish and Welsh Nationals and at the European Short Course Championships.
U15 team were county champions this year and, hopefully, they are our first team players of the future. Kellogg is also continuing to work for the long term future of the club and members are currently waiting to hear the outcome of a 60,000 Protecting Playing Fields application. If successful, the money would be used to help turn a derelict piece of land into more practice nets to make room for even more players.
would make a huge difference to the club, said Kellogg. have spent an enormous amount of time on the bid, getting planning permission and carrying out a public consultation, so I hoping that we have done enough to secure the grant. As a finalist for the Derbyshire Sports Awards, he is following in the footsteps of his daughter Donna.
Helen was also a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games, looking after liaison between the FINA delegates and the various Olympic committees throughout the Games. She was a referee at the British Olympic Trials.
the past, the club has perhaps not been quite as open as it could be so we have tried to encourage people to come along. I very proud of the ground, it is a lovely place to be and we now have in excess of 500 social members. Kellogg, a level two cricket coach, also coaches junior players on a Wednesday evening a role he continues to enjoy.
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