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CSA President awarded MBE

Friday, 06 January 2012

2004-present Michael ReadCongratulations to Michael Read, our CSA president who has been awarded an MBE for over 50 years of service to swimming.

Born in Brighton, Michael began swimming relatively late at 14 years old. During the period from 1969 to 1971 he became a FINA judge, timekeeper, referee and starter and he remembers his time at the Edinburgh Commonwealth pool with great affection. English Schools champion, British Universities Champion, and second in the ASA National Championships in 1959, Michael was selected to represent Great Britain in Swimming in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome but unfortunately due to injury, was never able to compete.

He joined the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) in 1969, making his first crossing that year and became a committee member in 1973. He was elected Vice Chairman from 1977-93 and Chairman of the CSA from 1993-1999. He joined the Board of Directors of the newly constituted CSA in 1999 and was elected Chairman. After a long struggle with the former King, Des Renford, he finally became King of the Channel in 1979. He still retains this title along with being the CSA President, helping swimmers cross the Channel every year. On behalf of the CSA and all its swimmers we would like to congratulate Michael on his achievement.