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Lanark ASC’s Karen Kelly wins volunteer of the year award

Karen has spent the past four decades involved in swimming. Photo courtesy of Stuart Stevenson

Lanark ASC stalwart Karen Kelly has been named as the John Gunning Scotland West District Volunteer of the Year at the Scottish Swimming Awards in Aberdeen.

Karen has worked diligently over the past 40 years, not only with Lanark ASC but also with Scotland West and Scottish Swimming.

Karen began her coaching career in 1978 by helping out with the younger swimmers at Lanark. Since then Karen has coached many swimmers who have gone on to become West District champions, Scottish Schools champions and Scottish champions.

During the 90s Karen was appointed team manager to the Scottish national side for the Vitel Cup meet in France. That was followed up in 2000 for Grand Prix meets in Shang Hai and Hong Kong and in 2001 World Cup Meet in Imperia, Italy,

Karen then went on to assist the Scotland squad at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Karen has also been head coach of the Lanarkshire International Games squad with three Lanark swimmers called up for the team.

Karen has been presented with many honours over the years for her hard work and dedication to the sport of swimming and was proud to receive this latest award from Scottish Swimming.