Steph’s Volunteer of the Year

PUBLISHED: 14:03 22 June 2011

Steph Hallam with her award & newly appointed Somerset ASA President John Farrant

Steph Hallam with her award & newly appointed Somerset ASA President John Farrant


Steph Hallam, 18, of Chard and District Swimming Club, won the Somerset Amateur Swimming Association Young Volunteer of the Year award at the recent AGM.

Steph, a student at The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis, writes regular news reports for the club and submits pictures. She has been a swimmer with the club for several years and, latterly, has taken life-guarding and teaching qualifications which have enabled her to assist on the coaching side regularly.

She was one of 11 students nominated.

John Farrant, Chard’s head coach until last year, and who has been involved with the club for over 20 years, has been elected Somerset ASA President.

His own daughter, Gail, swam and achieved National level and he has coached a number of successful national swimmers with the club, including Matthew Clay who went on to win a Commonwealth Gold in Melbourne, his brother Ryan, Mark Spiller, Luke Lawrence, Abi Abrahams and, currently, Daniel Walker.

John can also be seen officiating at many county and regional championship events. During his year in office, John, and his wife Pamela, hope to visit as many clubs in the area as possible, and to widen their horizons by attending some synchro swimming and water polo events.

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