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Erica Godfrey is Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Erica Godfrey of Clevedon Swimming Club who has received the Swim England South West award of Regional Volunteer of the Month for March 2019. Erica has been a member of Clevedon ASC for approximately 5 years now. Unfortunately Erica acquired a long standing shoulder injury which affected her swimming quite significantly. Alas a back spasm injury hospitalised Erica the week before Christmas 2017 which resulted in her absence from the pool for the following three months.

Erica is back in the pool now and trains regularly, thoroughly enjoying her sport, but the effect of her long standing injury has knocked her confidence to compete. Sadly Erica did not compete in Counties this year.

Prior to the injury, Erica had begun volunteering with Clevedon ASC on poolside, assisting the new young swimmers joining the Club. After a while Erica joined the Young Volunteer Award Scheme and was regularly helping out during County Events, mentored by Kelly Podbury. Erica was proud to be presented her Young Volunteer Certificate in November.

This year Erica continues to volunteer at Club level by being poolside and helping their young swimmers. Whilst the pressures of forthcoming GCSEs loom, Erica also committed to helping Kelly each weekend during the 2019 Somerset County Championships and is the reason for her nomination.

Kelly had posted an email to Somerset Clubs to drum up more volunteers after disappointing initial levels of support at the start of the series of weekend galas. Kelly said: “My utmost thanks and appreciation go to these individuals, we would not have had what seemed to have been a successful day without them. Erica Godfrey - who is the YV star of the day, heard my pleas for help yesterday and Dad emailed me late last night to extend Erica's help, I of course said yes and Erica just dug in and got on with all the jobs that needed to get done!'

Thank you Erica and we appreciate the nomination following Kelly's suggestion that Clubs nominate their YV's for offering exemplary support during the Championships.

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