ASA awards for Barnstaple swimmers

Joseph Bulmer

TWO members of Barnstaple Swimming Club from different ends of the age spectrum have received awards from the governing body for the sport in England.

At an awards ceremony in Taunton, the Amateur Swimming Association presented Cary Deasy with an award for outstanding contribution at club level by a young adult and Roy Malborough with a long service award as a dedicated member of the Barnstaple club for more than 60 years.

Cary joined the club as a child, with the aim of learning to swim. She progressed quickly through its teaching programmes, advancing into the squads and ultimately into the top squad.

She represents the club in competitions and has been team captain for two years and nominated to carry on for another year.

Cary is a pool lifeguard and a member of a local surf life saving club, teaching safety on the beach, and has also represented Great Britain in Surf Life Saving Championships. She is also heavily involved in implementing the National Swim 21 Programm within the club, assisting with swimmers’ assessments. She also assists with the training of the junior squad four times each week, competes in open age group competitions, trains with the Masters swimmers and plays water polo.

Roy is an active club president. He works in partnership with the local authority and communicates with parents, volunteers and swimmers, ensuring everyone is aware of what the club has to offer.

Over the years he has been the men’s captain, water polo captain, club handicapper and was the treasurer for 40 years, as well as helping out in all the club activities.

He supports coaches and teachers in enhancing their skills through courses to achieve ASA/UKCC teaching certificates and was instrumental in the work involved in the club achieving Club Mark and Swim 21 Accreditation, as well as being a legendary fund raiser.

Roy was primarily a water polo player and was one of only two club members to participate in teams who won Devon ASA water polo trophies.