After a remarkable four-decade-long commitment to the sport, last month Norman Roberts stepped down as Area President of the Coast and Valley Swimming Association (CSVA). As he retires from his official duties, Swimming NSW would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the dedication, expertise, and tireless efforts that have made him a true asset to the New South Wales swimming community.
Norman’s journey in the world of swimming began when his daughters became involved in the sport and joined the Central Newcastle Swimming Club. He quickly became an essential part of the club as a volunteer, dedicating himself to various roles over the years.
His involvement in the swimming community began with his first credential as a timekeeper 38 years ago. He steadily advanced through the ranks, achieving certifications up to Level 2 Starter and Level 2 Referee, demonstrating his expertise in the field.
At the state level, Norman became a fixture at swimming events across NSW. Over the course of 38 years, he attended all NSW State Championships, NSW Country Championships, and Regional Championships, even contributing to events at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC). He served on the NSW Swimming Technical Committee for 14 years and held the position of examination officer for many years.
Norman also played a crucial role in the maintenance and operation of electronic timing equipment for swimming events. For 15 years, he worked alongside Pat Troy to ensure the smooth functioning of the state's electronic timing equipment at local and country meets.
His commitment to swimming reached global stage as well. Norman represented Swimming NSW as a Technical Official at the Pan Pacific Games held at Sydney Aquatic Centre in 1999, a prestigious honour just before the 2000 Olympics. Additionally, he attended numerous World Cup and World Championships in Australia over several years and officiated at various Oceania Games, both domestically and abroad.
At the area level, Norman held committee positions in both the old Northern Districts and the Coast and Valley Swimming area, which included CVSA President for six years. His dedication and expertise in electronic timing systems helped improve the efficiency of swim meets in the area. For his outstanding contributions, Norman was recognised as a Life Member of the Coast and Valley Swimming Association (CVSA) - a well-deserved honour for his enduring commitment to the sport.
Norman Roberts' journey from a parent on the sidelines to a prominent figure in swimming officiating is a story of passion, commitment, and selfless dedication. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of swimmers and volunteers alike.