We are delighted that Jackie, our club President, has been honoured in the 2013 New Year’s Honours by the Queen, with an MBE.
Jackie first became associated with Halliwick almost 60 years ago when, in 1962, she joined a Halliwick club in North London (Optimists Swimming Club). Optimists Swimming Club in those days was a new club and Jackie played a vital role in its growth and establishment, attending each week, first as a helper and then, as an instructor. Jackie continued until 1968, when she took “time out” to raise a family.
Her association with Halliwick was not interrupted for long however, as when in 1974, her family moved to Enfield, Jackie began her work with this club, Halliwick Penguins Swimming Club.
Jackie gives up her Saturday afternoons to attend the weekly swimming sessions as a Senior Instructor. She organises swimming sessions and when doing so, is ultimately responsible for what happens on the poolside and in the water with our members. She does this tirelessly, teaching and encouraging swimmers, and encouraging helpers and instructors (many of whom are “new to the job”), always in a positive and selfless manner.
Jackie did attempt to “retire” in 2005, although, even then, would attend on occasion to help at our weekly swims and at our club galas. Sadly, in 2008, our then Chief Instructor passed away after a battle with cancer and, without hesitation, Jackie returned to the club as a Senior Instructor, carrying on just as she had done before, tirelessly and with absolute dedication, something which she continues to do to this day.
Very many congratulations Jackie from us all at the club on your award for services to Disability Swimming and to the community in Enfield, Middlesex; we are very proud of your achievement!