Last week, we lost a very special member of our swimming community. Dawn Davidson was a long time supporter of swimming in the region, and a Life Member of Swimming Waikato.
We asked another of our life members, Merle Jonson, to share her memories of Dawn …
“I cannot actually remember when I first crossed paths with Dawn but it would have been at least forty five years ago when we were both young mums with kids in swimming.
Dawn for many years was the learn to swim teacher at Otorohanga where she also coached the various squad levels as well as holding down a full time teaching position at Otorohanga College. She always had an eye out for someone to assist in the learn to swim area and has tutored many people to join her during the years.
She was a very competent and efficient technical official and spent many hours encouraging others to take part in this very worthwhile experience as well as officiating at Waikato, National and International meets both in our area and around New Zealand.
For many years she was the backbone of the Otorohonga Swimming Club and represented that club well at all Swim Waikato meetings. Dawn has held many positions on Swim Waikato and has represented Waikato Learn to Swim at a National Level. She was a Waikato Delegate to New Zealand Swimming meetings on several occasions and was always upfront and forthright in her views.
“Aunty Dawn” as she was affectionately known will be remembered as a very loyal Swim Waikato advocate and participant in all the many aspects of our wonderful sport.
Go well Dawn may you Rest in Peace!”
Swimming New Zealand