Volunteer Brian’s efforts recognised

WELL DONE: Brian Crossley (left) with Mike Leaf, director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen PCT.
WELL DONE: Brian Crossley (left) with Mike Leaf, director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen PCT.

A BURNLEY swimming coach has made a splash after winning a prestigious award.

Brian Crossley, founder of Aqualions Swimming Club, was given the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award at the MWR Lancashire Sports Awards, last month.

Brian, who is referred to as a “hero” by club members, has devoted more than 20 years to club development and coaches swimming to people with physical and mental disabilities.

He recently suffered a heart attack but said taking classes meant the world to him.

“All I can say is ‘by eck’! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped support the club including family members and Burnley Council.

“I did indeed suffer a heart attack, however every time I take one of the club’s special swimming classes, my heart gets bigger and bigger.”

Also on the night, Ridgewood Community High School won the School of the Year trophy and Nick Tucker was highly commended in the Coach of the Year category.