George McVey – 2012 Recipient of the USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award

George McVey, a long-time member of Rochester Area Masters, is one of the recipients of the 2012 USMS Dorothy Donnelly Service Award. In the early 1970’s George started to get involved in competitive swimming because his five daughters had taken up the sport. Never being one to sit in the stands, George immediately became a certified official and started officiating at age group swim meets. In 1975, Tom Ralph (his daughters’ swim coach) encouraged George to attend a masters swim meet hosted by East Coast Masters in Princeton, New Jersey. George was a natural breaststroker and competitive swimming was now in his blood. George then started training in Rochester, NY area pools and spearheaded an organizational meeting of adult swimmers and interested coaches for adult swimmers in 1978. Thanks to George’s drive and enthusiasm, Niagara District Masters Swimming was born!