Our President for 2019 – 2020 is Maxwell Paines (City of Ely)
My involvement with swimming started when Ely’s pool closed down for refurbishment in 1999 and my son Christopher was invited to join the club by Annie the coach, so as to continue his swimming lessons.
After a few weeks of taking Christopher I was asked to help on poolside. In 2002 I joined the club as a committee member, while on the committee I implemented the ASA Competitive Swimming Performance Awards, then working alongside the coach I organised the competitive start awards. I then took the position of Vice Chair, at which point I stopped issuing the Competitive Swimming Performance Awards but took on club membership with my wife Pauline.
In March 2005 I started my whites or technical officials training as it is now known and I am now a J2S, I have also referee’d at club and Fenland League galas. I also introduced and organised the initial training for the technical officials within City of Ely club.
Besides my official committee work, I also organised and ran several BBQ’s at events such as club presentations, visits from Kempen swimming club and the aquathon.
As the children grew up and stopped swimming, I tried to take a step back, so left the committee, and the roles that went with it.
I have carried on with being a technical official and as Sarah started to take on more for the club and county she has been involving me more again and I now mentor and assess the technical officials. I also support my wife with adjudicating the Fenland League Results.
It was an honour in 2014 when City of Ely club asked me to be their Club President and again it was an honour when asked to be Cambridgeshire County President.
Outside of swimming I am involved with scouting and help out every week at the local scout group and I am now the District Executive Chairperson.
The President elect is Mrs Janet Hardiment (she will be installed in July 2020)
I became involved with swimming when my daughter joined Ely Swimming Club in 1998. Rather than always being a spectator I decided to become a technical official, starting my training in March 2005 and am now a J2S. I have refereed at club, Fenland League and Mini Meet galas. I also held the post of Open Meet secretary for the club. My grownup daughter still swims competitively, and I have continued being a technical official.
Outside of swimming I am a server (setting up for holy communion) at my parish church and before our Ladies Fellowship group disbanded, I held the post of Chair. I also help teach the year 5 children at my school to swim.
I feel honoured at being asked to be Cambridgeshire County President elect.