AN ‘inspirational’ swimming stalwart has won national recognition for his efforts.

City of Chester Swimming Club’s David Burgham was a winner at the ASA Aquaforce Awards, which aim to recognise and thank some of the volunteers who dedicate countless hours to aquatics.

David won the Long Service Award, for individuals who have volunteered for 25 years or more.

He was shortlisted for the national title along with seven other regional winners.

He was presented with his award at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Nottingham.

David has been involved with the City of Chester Swimming Club, the ASA and Royal Life Saving Society for more than 40 years.

He was put forward by the City of Chester Swimming Club’s welfare officer Vicki Little.

Vicki said: “Not only has the club benefited from David’s inspiration and enthusiasm, but Chester and the North West region have also reaped the benefits with David becoming an ASA official and referee.”

Over the years, David has held various voluntary positions on the club’s executive committee as chairman, vice-chairman and secretary.

Vicki added: “David is very much a team player, as actively involved on poolside with young swimmers at galas as he is behind the scenes ensuring the entire club’s necessary paperwork is up to date.

“David is instrumental in the club’s day-to-day running and success and can often be found in the club office weekdays and weekends.

“In 2007 he was the driving force of the club achieving its Swim 21 accreditation.”

As a referee, David is known at the club for promoting sportsmanship and helping to build the confidence of young swimmers.

He has recruited parents to volunteer and he supports their training for official roles.

Vicki added: “David is an inspiration. His energy and commitment to the club and the ASA are endless.”