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Karen Bowen is Swim England Volunteer of the Year

The inspirational contribution of Karen Bowen from Team Bath AS has been acknowledged at the Swim England National Awards ceremony held on 11 November 2017 in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham. Karen is Swim England's Volunteer of the Year!

Karen is much more than Training and Development Officer for Team Bath AS. She also provides an indispensable link between Team Bath AS and its 10 local network clubs and is worth her weight in gold. Over the last 12 months she has diligently attended monthly committee meetings and quarterly Network club committee meetings. 

Karen has secured vital funding for the club and in September 2016 instigated the review into crowdfunding models and fundraising initiatives. She frequently provides a myriad of facts / numbers and statistics to the sponsorship team to help them when pitching for partners. Karen also put together the Team Bath AS Development Plan in March 2017, a detailed ten-page document which has helped the network secure funding.

Karen commented: “I’ve been volunteering at Team Bath AS for about three years. I started off as a Swim21 Coordinator when someone mentioned they needed some help. Now I regularly do things every day and always try to help out young volunteers. It’s all about recognising and rewarding volunteers so they want to keep helping out.”

Jane Nickerson, Swim England CEO, said: “We have so many inspirational people involved at all levels of our sport and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate them at the Swim England National Awards." Somerset ASA and Swim England South West congratulate Karen on her achievement and thank her for her tireless contribution in support of volunteers, athletes and club and network colleagues. We love hearing everyone share their their appreciation of the impact Karen has had on their enjoyment of aquatics - please comment on twitter and facebook using #SEAwards2017.

For more information on Team Bath AS club and network click here.

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