Tributes paid to Fred Furniss

Fred Furniss National Talent Officer British Swimming

Tributes have been paid to Fred Furniss who died yesterday. During an illustrious career Fred, 64, dedicated his life to swimming, most recently as a National Talent Officer with Swim England Talent team. Tim Jones, British Swimming’s Head of Elite Development said: “It was with great sadness that we heard the news about Fred late yesterday.

“Through his work, he touched the lives of many, many swimmers, coaches, parents and volunteers.

“He will be sorely missed by the whole swimming family. A true gentleman.”

His career saw him take on Head Coaching roles at Norwich and Sheffield, as well as taking charge of international teams, most recently the Bahamas 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games.

Dawn Peart, British Swimming National Programmes Manager said: “Such sad news for the “swimming family”.

“Fred was a hard working passionate coach and mentor but most of all he was a great friend for over 35 years – I for one will miss him.”

Such were Fred’s achievements that he featured in the BSCA (British Swimming Coaches Association) Hall of Fame.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media since the news was announced earlier today with many commenting on Fred’s dedication across the generation, and willingness to offer friendly support both in and out of the pool.

Open water swimmer Jack Burnell said: “I wouldn’t be swimming today if it wasn’t for this great man. He was not only my coach but my friend.

“His kindness and willingness to help others will stay with me forever.”

Everyone at Putteridge Swimming club passes on their condolences to Fred’s friends and family at this tough time.