It was with great sadness that Leigh Atkinson released a statement to inform the Club of the unexpected news that Keith Bewley had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, on 16th January.
Keith had been an inspiration to so many of Cardiff’s swimmers and coaches over recent years and to many of the Clubs Olympians over the past 4 decades.
It goes without saying that everyone who knew Keith will be devastated with the sad news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Keith’s family and many friends within the swimming community.
Keith became the Elite Performance Coach with the City of Cardiff Swimming Club in October 2009.
Between 2006 & 2008 he was the Head Coach to Swim Ireland and set up Ireland’s first High Performance Swimming Centre at the University of Limerick, Before that he was the head coach for Wigan Wasps SC for 27 years.
During his career, Keith has successfully coached 16 swimmers to Olympic Games selection. In addition, Keith also coached at the Moscow Olympic Games and the 1982, 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games.
Here are tributes made by British Swimming, Swim Wales & ASA together with an obituary from Brian McGuinness of BSCA. We also re-print articles about Keith’s life via Swim Vortex & Swim Swam:
Keith Bewley dedicated his whole life to the swimming and we want to continue his work through this fund.
The money raised through the Swimming Trust will establish a fund to honour Keith’s fantastic contribution to the sport and ensure his work continues to help swimmers in the future. It will be used to help swimmers from City Of Cardiff Swimming Club achieve their long-term goals. The precise criteria will be announced as soon as possible.
In the meantime please support the new Fund by accessing this link In memory of Keith Bewley just giving page