Two swimming stalwarts have received life membership from Penrith Swimming Club at the recent annual general meeting in recognition of their service and achievements.

Doug and Rosie Huggon, who live in Penrith, have both been an instrumental part of the swimming club for many years. Doug was born in Carlisle and swam for Border City Swimming Club in his youth, representing the club at regional and national competitions. Having moved to Penrith in the late 80s Doug has held several roles at Penrith Swimming Club in his 35 years there. This includes chief coach, chair and secretary but his real passion is supporting the development of young swimmers. He formulated and led the club’s reorganisation into its current squad format and has been a strong influence on many young lives at Penrith Swimming Club.

The club said Doug’s outstanding efforts towards bringing out the best in swimmers is immeasurable and he has coached numerous swimmers to achieve national accolades as well as promoting the lifelong enjoyment swimming can provide to all.

Rosie started swimming when the club was based at Frenchfield, swimming in the river Eamont. She had a successful swimming career representing the club at county and regional competitions, in addition to being National Champion while representing her country in lifesaving and was awarded the Royal Life Saving Society’s Wilkinson Sword in 1982. Rosie played a significant fundraising role, led by her late mum, to build the Frenchfield Teaching Pool at Penrith Leisure Centre. As well as being involved in coaching swimmers, Rosie has been the club’s long-serving membership secretary.

Over recent years Rosie has spearheaded the club’s fundraising efforts in aid of Brain Tumour Research by coordinating two sponsored swims that have raised more than£10,000. Nigel Harling, chairman of Penrith Swimming Club said: “Doug and Rosie have been instrumental in the club’s development through the ages. They are beacons of knowledge and always have the club and its members in their hearts - we are very fortunate to have them involved and long may it last".

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