Staffordshire AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION © Staffordshire County ASA 2017 OBITUARIES

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The life of a well known swimming coach who trained a host of international and Olympic swimmers from around Wolverhampton is being celebrated after his sudden death.
Keith Selvey was a popular figure on the swimming scene in the West Midlands and around the UK.
He was behind the success of the Wulfrun swimming squad which was hailed one of the best swimming squads in the country and went on to be assistant coach with Mike Ayre at the prestigious Borough of Wolverhampton Swimming Club.
He also coached at Wolverhampton and Chase swimming clubs and helped set up Wolverhampton Masters Swimming Club.
The 72-year-old over the years coached international stars including Ian Collins, Robin Brew, Steve Purchase, Neil Jones, Dave Fereday, Chris Pickering, Magnus Weighton and his own daughter Linda (Selvey).
Most recently he developed the talent of Beijing and London Olympic hopeful Chris Fox at Wolverhampton Swimming Club.
He also worked alongside ex-Olympian Brian Brinkley and helped develop many new teachers and coaches in the area including Jane Cooling, his replecment at Wolverhampton after retirement .

Keith, from Pattingham, moved to Poole, in Dorset, with his wife Lillian and daughter Nina, 18 months ago. He died in hospital after a short illness.
Dave Fereday, who Keith coached and remained friends with, said he was an extra ordinary character who was always jovial.
He was well known by lots of people around the country and will be sadly missed, he said.
He leaves his wife, two daughters, seven grandchildren and one great child .

Ted Rock was introduced into swimming by his children. He joined the Wolverhampton Swimming Club in 1974, served as a Committee Member and helped on the pool side in many capacities. He was made a Vice-President of the Swimming Club.

Ted was elected to the Staffordshire ASA Executive in 1976 and was elected as President in 1986. Ted and his wife Mary attended many official functions and made many new friends.

Ted Rock was a big man in stature, he was very unassuming but when he did speak people listened. He was a management expert and his skill was evident in any debate. Ted was always able to demonstrate his understanding of a problem and provided a solution.

Ted was a devout Catholic and was an enthusiastic Member of his Parish and all the activities within. He was a tireless worker for charity; Ted Rock was indeed a good man, we will miss him

Jack Beresford came into swimming like so many through his two sons Paul and Mark.

Wolverhampton Swimming Club was his pride and joy; he was a member of the Committee for many years. One appointment he did enjoy was as Treasurer of the Social Committee, a group of parents and friends who raised money for the Swimming Club funds. He was made a Vice-President of the Swimming Club.

Jack was elected to the Staffordshire ASA Executive in 1983. He declined the Office of President and was made a Life Member 1997.

By Profession Jack was a Lecturer in Maths at the Wolverhampton College. Jack decided to become a Swimming Official and attended the courses that Peter Holmes ran at the P.E. Centre, Penn Road in Wolverhampton. He undertook the written exams and then his practical exams by Norman Ibbett and Peter, and was successful. Jack then attended the first Referee Lectures (6 weeks) and took the written exam, again he was successful. As an Educator Jack joined Peter and between them they devised the courses and lecture duties including the Referees, which were the first in the District. Their great highlight was to be asked by the ASA to devise and staff a lecture weekend at Royal Air Force, Cosford for the Combined Services. They had three days of lectures and twenty-five candidates, with a 99% success, that was a great thrill.

As a Swimming Official Jack was very well respected. He refereed International, National, Regional and County Events and he was always asked to Open Meets. This gave credibility to the status of the event. It was strange to many people in Regional and National Swimming that he was known as ‘Fred’. Letters of invitation were always addressed to him as Fred. That was Peter Holmes’ doing. His first District appointment was the Age Groups, the Organiser was L.G.W. Ames (Les), whose wife Hilda asked why M.O. and then Jack, what was his proper name? Peter said, “just call him Fred”, and so it remained and what is more he enjoyed it when the Secretary and the President of the ASA addressed him as Fred. That was recognition indeed.

The Sport of Swimming has lost one its foremost Officials. A man who graced the poolside and was very well respected by his fellow Officials, Promoters and especially the Competitors

Tom Wellings was a Founder Member and Life Member of Bilston Swimming Club.

He was one of the influential members to create the Bilston Open Meet, which was staged at Bilston Baths, and had a reputation of the most friendly open meet in the Midlands.

Tom Wellings was also (in partnership with Peter Holmes) influential in staging the Special Inter-Squad Competition at Bilston, sponsored by British Gas, when prize money of £3,000 was at stake. This was one of the ground-breaking events in Swimming when prize money was offered.

Tom was elected to Staffordshire ASA in 1979. He was Hon. Swimming Secretary in 1987 – 96, was President 1992 – 3 and was elected as Life Member of the Association.

Tom Wellings was one of the founders of the Staffordshire Swimming League and he was the League’s first Secretary.

Tom was very supportive of the then four Swimming Clubs in Wolverhampton. He was one of the influential Members who created the friendship with the German City of Grevensbrook. The annual alternating visit between the two Cities still exists today.

We can safely say that Tom Wellings was a supporter of Swimming, who also was a contributor to many good practices of our Sport.

By profession Tom was an Architect employed as the Chief Architect to the National Coal Board. One design he was very proud of was the Swimming Pool at Highley. Those of us who have used this pool will always remember it as ‘Tom Wellings’ Pool’.

May He Rest in Peace


Ron Gwynne was elected to the Staffordshire Executive in 1967.

He became President in 1977-78.

Ron was a member of Wednesbury Swimming Club, his interest was in Coaching not only in Wednesbury he was also the Chief Coach in the South Staffordshire Coaching Centre. One of his pupils was Tony Ward of Wolverhampton Swimming Club.

Ron had a reputation as a specialist in backstroke and breaststroke. Anton Wood, a former Staffs record holder, Midland District Gold Medalist and National Finalist was one of his star pupils. Noel Winter was also a former Pupil.

Ron's other expertise was Water Polo. Wednesbury had a very formidable team in both the Birmingham League and the Staffs Cup. Ron was a member of the Birmingham League management for several years, he also became the manager of the Staffordshire County Water Polo Team both junior and senior, guiding the County to a National Junior Championship in 1967.

Ron was a bachelor; he died in February 2008 leaving no family. Margaret and I received a Christmas card fom him 2007(as usual) so his death was sudden. The President, Mr. A. Ward was able to attend his funeral.

May he rest in peace

Many thanks to Peter Holmes for writing the majority of the listed obituaries.


12th December 1942 – 21st October 2015

Mavis was a member of Walsall Swimming and Water Polo Club she was elected on to the Committee in 1980 and served as Treasurer and Welfare Officer for many years.

Mavis was elected as a member of the Staffordshire ASA Executive Committee in 1992 and went on to become President in 2000 she then took over the position of Championship Secretary in 2009.

Mavis was a member of the West Midland Regional Board and was President in 2006-7. She was Vice-Chair of the Board & Chair of the Swimming Committee she also represented the Board at ASA Council and the ASA Membership Forum.

Mavis was English Schools President 2005-6 she was also England Team Manager at the ISF World Championships in Athens 2006. She was Delegation Head England ISF Swimming World Cup in Hungary 2007, Member of Working Party Joint ASA/ESSA which formulated the New Competitive Swimming framework for schools and helped in the presentation to HM Government.

Mavis was awarded the Alfred Turner Award in 2014 for her services to swimming at both National and International level.

Mavis was one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic swimming administrators, her ability to organise and deliver was evident in the development of championship swimming in Staffordshire and also throughout the English Schools Swimming Association. As a person she was a very good friend with a wicked sense of humour, we did not always agree on everything but we never fell out. Staffordshire will always benefit from her contribution to swimming at competition level her commitment will be a beacon to all administrators in the Sport of Swimming.

Peter W. Holmes MBE

Frances Miriam Broadhurst (Nee Clayton)

Born in Wakefield Yorkshire. Orphaned at 2yrs.

Educated in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire. Trained firstly as a Nursery Nurse in Abingdon (NNEB) and then Westminster Hospital (SRN).

Married in 1958 to Bernard. They had three children, Susan, Sara and Sophie.

Settled in Leek in 1952. Frances joined Leek Swimming Club in 1958 as an active parent.

Interested in poolside action, first as helper and then as official in Leek and Cheadle.
She qualified as a timekeeper then judge and took the written exam for starter, after the help of PW Holmes and Jack Beresford. Starting was a position she never took up since her hand could not use the starting gun.

She travelled to local competitions with Leek, then Cheadle ASC where she also served on the committee. On to COSACSS, firstly on the committee and then as chaperone on a series of competitions by the club on a venture into Scotland.

Wider involvement saw Frankie at Crystal Palace and many pools in both the North West and Midland Districts. She excelled at close finishes in the absence of 'A.O.E.' often finding herself being at the finish when other officials stood back!

 Ill health in 1995 meant that duties on the poolside ceased as an official but as the Staffordshire Trophy Controller she kept her interest in the sport being rewarded with her Presidency in 2005 and representing the county and donating a trophy to the newly formed West Midland Region before her retirement from our sport.

Peter W. Holmes MBE