A teenager who has been helping out at a swimming club since she was 10 has made such a splash she has been named Outstanding Young Person of the Month.
Emily Tillett, 17, was nominated for the award by Bexhill Swimming Club, where she is a volunteer teacher and lifeguard.
She joined the club in 2005 at the age of eight and within two years was already a poolside assistant.
Since then Emily has worked her way up to become a qualified teacher.
When she is not helping out at the club, Emily studies Health and Social Care at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
A Bexhill Swimming Club spokesman said: “What’s great about Emily is she is so adaptable and can turn her hand to teaching any of our groups and never complains.
“She’s very dedicated to the club and as a voluntary organisation we value her greatly.
“We would like her to know how much she is appreciated for all she does for the young people in the area.”
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by the Hastings Observer Series and Sussex Coast College Hastings.
The monthly award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way.
This could be in sport, like Emily, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.
Justin Rollings, head of marketing and communications at Sussex Coast College, said: “Emily has done a fantastic job at the swimming club and dedicates much of her spare time to volunteering with them.
“We’re delighted that she’s also a Sussex Coast College pupil and I was pleased to hand over her award personally.”
To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.