Deniliquin Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club awarded dedicated volunteer Christine Henson with life membership last month.
The club recently held a special cocktail party to honour Henson, with the former club president saying she was ecstatic about receiving the honour.
‘‘I never expected this,’’ she said.
‘‘I received a call a few months back from some of my former committee members asking if I would accept a life membership if they nominated me.
‘‘It came as a massive shock to me when I was asked, as I’m still involved with the club.’’
Henson first became involved with the club in 2002 with the Learn to Swim program.
She officially joined the club in 2005, taking on various roles in the committee, acting as the club’s vice president before becoming president.
Henson stepped down from the presidency in 2012 and became vice president once again.
Throughout her time at the club she has been heavily involved with swimming training, where she still coaches junior swimmers.
‘‘With the river and other waterways surrounding the town it’s necessary that kids know how to swim,’’ she said.
‘‘Swimming is such an important life skill that everyone should learn.
‘‘I wasn’t a passionate swimmer by any means before I joined the swim club, but I was passionate about ensuring people were safe around the water.’’
Former club secretary Annie Romanin said the life membership was well deserved.
‘‘Christine is very passionate and she is so good with kids,’’ she said.
‘‘She was at the club when I first started, so for her to still be involved in coaching just shows her dedication.
‘‘She also did a lot of work to organise presentation trophies and adding up point scores. This took hours of her time but she was always happy to do it.
‘‘It makes it more incredible when someone works so hard when they’re volunteering.
‘‘Christine deserves the honour so much.
‘‘Another life member Cheryl McMillan is also still heavily involved in the club; it’s people like Christine and Cheryl that keeps these clubs going.’’