Adwick Amateur Swimming Club member, Leesha Bentley, has been appointed to the Swim England Youth Advisory Panel.

Leesha is one of five young people from across England to be selected this year, and will act as an ambassador for her sport both in her local area, and across the region.

Set up in 2007 and formally called the National Youth Forum, the Youth Advisory Panel is made up of around 10-15 young people aged between 16-25 from all aquatic disciplines, and their feedback and discussions at the quarterly meetings feed directly into the Swim England Volunteer Engagement team.

16-year-old Leesha has been with Adwick ASC for eight years, training for 6 hours and week, swimming in competitive galas across the region and now coaching under 10s on a Friday evening.

Leesha said: “Being part of Swim England, which oversees swimming across the country and helps develop swimmers to compete at international level, is such an honour. I will be doing my best to ensure that Doncaster swimming clubs get their full attention.”

Swim England Sports Development Director George Wood said: “I would like to congratulate Leesha and the other four new members of the Youth Advisory Panel. Ensuring that there are young people engaged with our work is essential as they are the future of our sport at club and community level.

“Including young people in the decision making process helps keep us relevant and allows us to understand the needs of the young people involved in our sports.

“I am sure these new members of the Panel will have lots of great ideas, and the Swim England Team is looking forward to working with them.”

Youth Advisory Panel members are in post for two years, and the Swim England Volunteer Engagement Team uses their skills and expertise to help develop volunteer resources such as the Good Club Guides as well and influence change within the organisation.

Adwick ASC Chairman Mel Sugden added: “On behalf of Adwick I can say we as a club are proud of what Leesha has achieved I am sure she will do a good job and be an asset to Swim England.”

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About Adwick ASC
People interested in finding out more about Adwick ASC can visit adwickasc.co.uk or email adwickasc@gmail.com

About Swim England
Formally known as the Amateur Swimming Association, Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. It helps people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all aquatic sports. Swim England’s vision is of a nation swimming and it strives to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. Each month millions of people are able to enjoy swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming, having been through the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. Swim England also supports its members, clubs and athletes, and runs qualification and education programmes to develop the workforce. For more information visit swimming.org/swimengland

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