- Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education
Jennifer Smith, known to many as Jen passed away suddenly on February 15th 2021, it is with great sadness Swim Wales shares’ this news with you. Jen was always in swimming people would say, Jen was a lifelong member of swimming in Newport. Jen held a number of roles and helped so many people as a coach, mentor and provided encouragement to everyone around her.
Jen was a life member of Swim Wales and was recognised for her service for a range of activities across Aquatics in Wales.
Jen served as President for the City of Newport Swimming & Water Polo Club and will be remembered and missed by all the club alongside all who knew her.
Jen’s sister Rosemary has kindly shared some of her memories;
Jennifer was born in Llanwern and was educated at Roughmont and Ellerslie, Malvern.
When Jen left school she worked in the family business for many years before going to work at Monmouthshire County Council offices.
Our childhood holidays were always spent in Ogmore where my Grandfather had built a chalet .
We took cousins and friends so we had great fun. When we were old enough to spread our wings Jen , two friends and I borrowed our Mum’s car and drove to Spain.
This was in 1962 Jen was 22 and I was 19. We drove to Lydd , put the car on the plane, skimmed over the channel and landed in La Touquet, France. It was a hair raising half hour as the metal panels were chattering! We had two lovely weeks in Tossa de Mar before having to drive back over the Pyrenees. We hadn’t gone far into the mountain range when we were alerted by a scraping sound, which resulted in having to remove the exhaust pipe and strapping on the roof rack !
Jens interest in swimming was kindled by Kathleen Rogers ( my husband’s mother) at Maindee SC where she helped out with the little ones. Her interest in the youngsters remained until she died. As well as teaching swimming she took on administrative roles with the club ,which became City of Newport SC.
Jen, as my older sister, has always been part of my life and I will miss her dreadfully. We have many wonderful pictures and family memories of her joining in with our two sons and six grandsons .
Jennifer has lived with Nick , her partner, for 50 years and enjoyed life with him in Newport and Calpe, Spain.
Nick has said —“ Jen was my rock and cannot imagine life without her.”
Funeral details are yet to be announced.
Thank you Jen for your passion and enthusiasm, your commitment to making a difference for Aquatics in Wales you will be missed. RIP Jen
Swim Wales’s staff and Board of Directors offer their sincere condolences to Jen’s family and friends.