April Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Phil Brake who has won this months Volunteer of the month. Thank you for all that you do.

Phil Brake has been a coach at Bath Dolphin Swimming Club since 1985 and has been Head Coach of the senior squad for a majority of that time. He attended 5 training sessions a week, month in and month out.

He arranges the team for the Cotswold Series, chasing up swimmers to confirm availability to ensure the best team possible takes part and gives the team and the swimmers the best chance of success, leading the team to runner up spot in the B final last season and to first places in the first two rounds of the 2020 season.

In the year 2000 Phil also took on the role as President of the Somerset ASA, maintaining his coaching commitment to Bath Dolphin Swimming Club, coaching generations of swimmers to County, Regional and National success. This year more than 20 swimmers from Bath Dolphin Swimming Club achieved County times across all distances and strokes and competed in the Somerset championships, racking up personal bests and Regional Qualifying times. Phil was there to watch all of them, ready with a handshake of congratulation or an arm around the shoulder in commiseration and a word of encouragement as necessary.

The swimmers he has coached hold him in the highest regard. Recently, he has had to take a step back due to personal reasons and the swimmers were devastated. Former swimmers who had left the Club came back specifically to see him and wish him well and the swimmers made a video to thank him for his coaching as well as signing a card and arranging a shirt printed with “World’s Best Coach” to be presented. The swimmers also contributed “Phil’s quotes” to be included on a word cloud in the shape of our Club logo, which included gems such as “kick from the hips”, “don’t breathe first stroke out”, “my Grandma can swim faster than that” and “your back stoke is like watching paint dry” amongst many others.

He has had a huge influence on the hundreds of swimmers who have swum in his squads over the years and given them a love of swimming to many which will last them a lifetime.

Posted by Swim England South West on April 1st 2020

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