When Ric began coaching at Ramsbottom swimming club he did so to help out as his own children learned how to swim. Thirty years on, Ric's children have swum, alongside many other children, left the club and he is now seeing the children of those he taught coming to swim. Ric's enthusiasm and coaching skills have given thousands of local children the opportunity of not only to learn to swim but to compete at the highest of their own ability.Ric is a dedicated and commited person who had given so much of his time encouraging and supporting swimmers over the decades. His dedication has built the club from a small club, competing at local level into a seven times a week, regional and national competition club. Even now, after thirty years, the easiest place to find Ric is at the pool running the training sessions or at weekends supporting swimmers at events throughout the UK. Ric encourages all people who pass throught the club to do their best and be proud of their achievements. The encouragement and friendly atmosphere he creates ensures that swimmers remain enjoying the sport and teaching at the club, even when their fastest competition days are behind them. Ric is a well respected and inspirational member of our local community who has put so much in and truly deserves a moment to shine.