Plaque unveiled

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a swimming club founder who devoted 40 years’ service to the club.

Knottingley Swimming Club committee members unveiled a commemorative plaque in memory of Paul Barlow, who helped start the club in 1972.

Old and new committee members, swimmers and members of Mr Barlow’s family attended the ceremony at Knottingley Sports Centre last week to honour the former coach, who died on April 5.

Ernie Smithey, committee member and family friend, said: “For all who knew Paul Barlow there are not enough words to explain how much he meant to swimming and every time we think of Knottingley Swimming Club we think of Paul, he was an inspiration to us all.”

Mr Barlow, 72, of Broomhill Avenue, Knottingley, was instrumental in starting an exchange visit to Germany and was one of the first committee members to take a team of swimmers abroad in the club’s first year.

He held several offices on the committee, including chairman and secretary, and was still a member until his death.

His daughter, swimming coach Sue Barlow, 48, said: “The swimming club is a family affair and my mum, Brenda, and myself are part of the committee too.

“We all discussed the plaque at a meeting and we just thought it was a nice gesture from the club to recognise the hard work he had done over the years.”