Elsie honoured by ASA presidency

Elsie Rush receiving her chain of office from the outgoing Notts ASA president Chris Freebury
Elsie Rush receiving her chain of office from the outgoing Notts ASA president Chris Freebury

A long serving Worksop Dolphins volunteer has been given the highest honour in county swimming.

Elsie Rush, who has been a Dolphin since 1987, has been made Notts Amateur Swimming Association president for the coming year.

The Notts ASA annual general meeting was held at the Stanley Street Social Club on Saturday in the concert room, and was attended by people from all over the county, with a good representation from Worksop Dolphins.

It was held in the town because Elsie was due to be honoured, after almost 30 years associated to the Dolphins.

She joined in 1987, when her two sons swam for the club, and has held the post of club treasurer for the last 20 years, alongside other duties she picked up on day one.

Elsie was made a life member of the Dolphins in 2004, and has been a member of the county swimming committee for the last 10 years, but has assisted her husband David in running the County Championships since 1995.

And for the last eight years she has helped the ASA business team at national events.

She becomes the Dolphins’ third ASA president in the last 18 years, after husband David and fellow long serving volunteer Alex McLauchlan.

He paid tribute to the new president: “Becoming president is the top honour you can get in the county.

“It’s a deserved honour, and a big honour for the club.

“If it wasn’t for the long serving volunteers like Elsie, the club would function but those volunteers really move it forward.

“Everyone is delighted for her, that’s why there was a good turnout from the club members to see her get the presidency.”

As a former president himself, Alex can offer an insight into what the year will hold.

“She’ll be going along to many functions throughout the county and elsewhere.

“And she’ll be presenting awards all over the place.”