Some Sad News in the Region

Tributes have been paid to Gordon Smart, a former Western Counties ASA president and ASA national award winner, who has died after a short illness. He was 84.

Dorset ASA secretary Di Gibbs described his contribution to the swimming community across 45 years as “immense”.

“His achievements are too many to list but his sheer passion for the sport and unwavering support of swimmers of all levels of ability has influenced and touched the lives of so many,” she said.

“He will be greatly missed.”

Former ASA president John Bird said: “A highlight of my presidential year was seeing Gordon presented with the ASA Services to Aquatics Award. He was so surprised.

“I was Western Counties secretary when Gordon was president, and he was very supportive.

“He would always listen to the points that were being made and make a judgement or give his advice freely.”

Gordon was born in Poole and as a young man rode for his home town’s cycle speedway team, who were national champions.

He was also an army drill instructor, football referee and an FA steward at England matches.

His involvement in swimming began when his children Alison and Andy joined Poole SC.

Gordon leaves his wife of more than 60 years, Norma, son Andy and daughter Alison and five grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Norma, Andy and the family at this difficult time.

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Posted by Swim England South West on March 14th 2019

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