Jane Davies, Vice President of the ASA South East Region, has been awarded The Alfred H Turner Award at the ASA Annual Council Dinner.
Originally from Yorkshire, Jane first became involved in swimming when her daughter started school swimming lessons in 1977. The whole family later joined Gosport Dolphins SC in 1982 where Jane took on the role of Membership Secretary and Official.
Over the next 10 years, Jane was first appointed as Club Secretary of Fareham Nomads then Secretary of the Southern Junior League before becoming Swimming Secretary for Hampshire County ASA in 1993. As part of this role, she changed the structure of the age-group competition by introducing the full range of events for age-group swimmers. She also raised the standard of swimming at this level by bringing in tough qualification times, and by introducing the popular Development Meets to cater for those unable to qualify for the new standards.
Jane became a member of the Southern Counties Swimming Committee in 1998 and throughout her profession has undertaken roles such as Referee, Technical Director and Executive Director as well as being Team Manager for the Hampshire team that won the ASA inter-county event in 2000. in addition to being appointed as President of Hampshire County ASA in 2001. She has also officiated at both the Manchester 2002 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Now the chair of the swim21 South East Region Panel and the President of Portsmouth Northsea SC, she was also appointed as the manager of the ASA Swimming Management Group, responsible for Speed Swimming, Masters, Para-swimming and Open Water.
Jane continues to provide vital help and support to clubs in her local area while also assisting the ASA, where her contribution to the sport is considered invaluable.