Celebrating Local Coaches and Volunteers – Meet Konrad Sroda
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:21
As part of volunteering week (1st – 7th June) and Coaching Week (4th – 10th June), Sport Birmingham are profiling local heroes who make sport happen in the city.
Konrad Sroda is 15 years old and volunteers at different events around the midlands and country. He has won many awards including Swim England West Midland Young Aquatic Volunteer award
Konrad first began volunteering 3 years ago at his local pool and helped out with swimming lessons. He developed his own ability and is constantly looking for ways to gain more training and help at different kinds of events. He adapts very well for each situation he is faced with.
Konrad said "volunteering has helped me to become more confident and seeing that I can help other people do well in life and develop their skills makes me feel happy"
Konrad has worked on many different projects as can be seen below:
• Swim England Swim Safe project supporting teaching of water safety lessons to children in lakes in Birmingham, North Wales and The Lake District.
• Timekeeping and general event support at local swimming events in the West Midlands and national level events in Manchester and Sheffield.
• Konrad set up a disability swimming group working every Sunday to teach disabled children how to swim and they have competed with other groups from around the country at galas in Oxford and Bristol, the next one is in the West Midlands and Konrad is helping to arrange it.
• Konrad helps at general events in different sports working with disabled people, recently he has supported disability football at Aston Villa Football Club and a VI tennis tournament for the Tennis Foundation.
• Konrad assists swimming teachers on a learn to swim scheme every week.
• Konrad won the Swim England West Midland Young Volunteer of the Year on 2017 and has been nominated again for 2018.
Andrew Stead, Birmingham Wellbeing Service said 'There are many times Konrad has helped others but the one that stands out is the disability swimming group he set up which had 16 swimmers in it when the pool closed, he supported children who hadn't been in a pool before and with a support team around him got them swimming, this has boosted the young people's confidence and has helped them in many ways not just in their swimming ability.
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