Paragon Awards Presented By
Jeff Cook, President
Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain
2008 Paragon Award / Recreational Swimming
In 2003, for the first time in its 130-year history, a diver was elected president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain. For over 25 years, Jeff Cook had served both the ASA and the Amateur Sports Federation of Great Britain (ASFGB) as a diving administrator. Because of his genuine concern for all the aquatic disciplines, he now represents all aquatic disciplines in Britain.
From 1977, he has been responsible for the administration of diving in the U.K., which involved organizing all National Championships and international trials. Since his 1993 retirement from the Welwyn Hatfield City Council where he was responsible for all central administrative matters, he has been able to devote his full time to swimming and diving and has been a member of the ASA Committee and a director on the Board of the ASFGB. For over 25 years he has served as team manager, meet director, technical official and diving judge at numerous international competitions including FINA Diving Cups, European Diving Cups, Godwin Open Internationals, European Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympic Games.
He was appointed a member of the LEN Diving Committee from 1990-1994 and re-appointed in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed a member of the FINA Technical Diving Committee responsible for determining the direction of international diving. He was director of diving at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. In 1993, he was awarded the LEN Bronze Medal and four years later received the FINA Silver Pin for services to international diving. He has been a speaker at FINA International Judges’ Symposiums and, along with serving as a federation technical delegate in swimming and diving competitions, he was a federation delegate at the 2002 FINA World Masters Congress in New Zealand.
Jeff has provided effective and inspirational leadership to swimming and diving, not only in Great Britain, but throughout the world. His positions as team manager, coach, judge and administrator in numerous competitions, seminars and clinics held annually throughout the country and the world have been inspirational in promoting worldwide advancement of the aquatic disciplines.