Betsy Durrant and Charlie Cockrell were named the two recipients of this year’s Stevenson Service Award, recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Virginia Masters Swimming. The award is presented by the Virginia Local Masters Swim Committee (LMSC), the governing body for U.S. Masters Swimming in Virginia and West Virginia. The award was named for Chris and Heather Stevenson, the award’s first recipients and long-time volunteers and supporters of Masters Swimming in Virginia.
Betsy has been part of USMS almost since its inception in the early 1970s, and she has been volunteering in a variety of areas almost as long, including as the first Chair of the Virginia LMSC in 1980. Currently, Betsy serves on committees at both the USMS and Virginia LMSC levels, as well as the Virginia Masters Swim Team (VMST). But possibly her most consistent and impressive role is that of the LMSC newsletter editor: every month for (at least) the last 15 years, Betsy has produced The Wet Gazette, our LMSC newsletter.
Charlie too has been involved with Masters Swimming for many years. He has served in a variety of positions within the Virginia LMSC, including a term as Chair. Charlie recently stepped down LMSC Treasurer after an eight-year run; his has been the most influential voice in determining the annual LMSC budget during that time. Like Betsy, Charlie also continues to serve on committees at both the USMS and Virginia LMSC levels. He has chaired the Officials Committee and is currently chair of the Rules Committee.
Recognized for going above and beyond for our LMSC members, Betsy and Charlie were honored at the David Gregg III Memorial meet on Feb. 4, 2017, by the current Virginia LMSC Chair, Kirk Clear, and the award namesakes, Chris and Heather Stevenson. Betsy was presented with a plaque during the swim meet. Charlie was not able to attend the meet, but will be recognized at another Virginia Masters Meet, possibly the Club Tribe Masters Classic meet on March 18 in Williamsburg.