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posted 17 Jul 14
Those of you who are not parked in a car parking bay will receive a parking ticket no parking on road or behind the Life Centre. May I suggest that you use Park and Ride car park as the Life Centre car park will be full.
A FORMER Torquay Grammar School boy has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to young people and bellringing.
Donald Roberts, 84, has been recognised for his ‘extraordinary commitment to swimming’ over four decades, according to his citation.
Mr Roberts started out as a newly qualified science teacher at the grammar school in 1953 and has remained an ever present at the school.
He took an active part in fundraising for the building of the Plainmoor Pool during the 1970s, which has remained an important part of the Torquay community.
He has carried on his involvement in the pool, and was instrumental in its recent refurbishment and survival when it was threatened with closure.
He carried this drive into Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, and has been leading swim and water polo teams throughout his time.
For the past 40 years, he has led at least one team, often two or three, to the national finals. In 2006, he was recognised as swimming coach of the year by Torbay Council.
During his 60 years, he has performed at over 1,000 bell towers, 380 in Devon. He has trained over 100 new ringers throughout the last 60 years, and in particular has shown great dedication to two churches, Babbacombe Church and St Marychurch.
100m Breaststroke British and English record.
Devon County would like to congratulate 13 year old Oliver Taverner of Mount Kelly for breaking the British and English Age Group Record on the 100m Breaststroke at the Portsmouth Northsea Easter Festival on Friday 3rd April. Oliver posted a time of 1.07.98 which beat the previous mark held by Olympian Craig Benson by 0.35 seconds. Oliver and his coach Greg King will now look to the 2015 British Summer Nationals where Mount Kelly will hope to make a real impact on the National stage.
Devon County ASA would like to bring to the attention of all Gala competitors, volunteers, coaches and spectators the need to respect the space in the changing room and associated lockers that are reserved for the Pisces disabled swimming group on Sunday mornings.
The area is quite clearly cordoned off and signed from both the central corridor and the changing village.
Some swimmers access it off the poolside, through the showers near the diving pit. We ask that you don’t do that. There are other showers that you should use at this time.
Volunteers and officials also have been using the lockers and we respectfully ask that you use the ones in the main corridor at the top end nearest to the officials room on Sundays.
The Pisces swimmers have specific needs and have often found that there are no lockers available for them in their space on Gala days. They, unlike us don’t have the option of going to another space and find this very distressing. This is not hearsay – I’ve seen it because I’ve made it my business to engage and monitor this problem.
We are all so fortunate to be able to use this brilliant facility in Plymouth. There is so much space for everyone – please may I ask you to think about the Pisces group next time we are in the Life Centre on a Sunday and not impact on the tiny area that they use when we have so much.
With very many thanks, Sally Davies Hon. Trophy Steward. Devon County A.S.A.
The Devon County team put the disappointment of missing out on promotion for the last few years behind them in style and stormed to an impressive victory in the second division on the National Inter county team championships.
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Photo 1: Team Captains Will Luckham-Down, Dani Baker and Kate Veale
Photo 2: Devon Team Collecting the trophy from the ASA president