Swimming club pays tribute to dedicated coach and co-founder

long service: Margaret Greenall receives her Services To Junior Sport trophy from Bridlington Rotary Club president Keith Lowe at the Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards last year.
long service: Margaret Greenall receives her Services To Junior Sport trophy from Bridlington Rotary Club president Keith Lowe at the Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards last year.

Bridlington Swimming Club have announced the death of long-serving coach Margaret Greenall, following a long illness.

She co-founded the club in 1977 and spent more than three decades promoting the sport she loved, becoming a Level Three coach and teaching county swimmers at Leisure World.

A statement from the swimming club committee said: “We hope that the friends and family she leaves behind will find comfort in the high esteem we have for Margaret and the warmth we continue to hold for our memories of the good times we have been privileged to share with her.

“We will remember her with the smiles that she helped to put on our faces.”

In March 2013, she won the Services To Junior Sport category at the Free Press Sports Awards for her voluntary work at the club over 35 years, organising galas, attending courses and making sure the club survived when Leisure World was closed in the mid 1980s.

During that time, she took young swimmers to pools in Driffield and Filey, to make sure the club did not fold,

At the awards ceremony, the citation read: “Her expertise has been passed on to many who have gone on to represent the county and been involved in national squads. She is very proud of their achievements.

“She uses the internet to keep abreast of modern trends, rules and techniques.

“Without Margaret and her fellow coaches’ dedication and hard work, Bridlington would not have a swimming club.”

She had run Greenalls Bakery in Flamborough Road for many years and leaves four daughters, Debra, Louise, Helen and Claire and 10 grandchildren.