MAUREEN Phillips’ dedication to swimming has been acknowledged by the Ballarat sporting community.
The Ballarat SAA associates’ branch last night presented Phillips with its annual sports administrator award.
A shocked Phillips, who thought she was at the presentation dinner purely for a night out with friends, said she enjoyed all aspects of being part of Ballarat swimming.
She said she enjoyed it just as much now as she did when she first became involved.
Phillips has been involved in swimming since 1988, when her son Wesley was competing at primary school level.
One of her early tasks in the sport was with the Garden City Olympian Club’s learn-to-swim program.
She took over as program co-ordinator in 1994.
Phillips also represented GCO at Midlands District Amateur Swimming Association level and was awarded a club life membership in 2000.
With the development of the Ballarat Aquatic Centre in 2002, Phillips moved to Ballarat Swimming Club and soon took up administrative duties as well as being MDASA trophies officer.
She is also a state accredited referee – the highest official accreditation in the sport.
Phillips’ contribution has been recognised with Midlands and Ballarat club life memberships.