Swim Wales is mourning the passing of Martin Noble, a pillar of our aquatics community in Wales.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Martin Noble, who served as a pillar of our Welsh aquatics community for the last 25 years.

Martin died peacefully on the 7th of July, surrounded by his beloved family, at the age of 74 after battling an illness.

A true gentle giant, Martin was a proud Welshman who dedicated his life to helping others. For around a quarter of a century, he made an outstanding contribution to Welsh Aquatics, becoming a much-loved and valued member of the community. Martin’s officiating roles, which included acting as a senior Referee, were not just a responsibility but also a passion that he wholeheartedly embraced.

He was a guiding force in Swim Wales event management and provided unwavering support to our sports and organisation in numerous capacities. His expertise and commitment led to his appointment to senior officiating roles at Welsh National, British, and international swimming events, including the London Paralympics in 2012.

Martin touched countless lives, especially within the Para-swimming community. With a passion for Para-swimming development, he tirelessly worked to foster inclusivity and support for athletes with disabilities. His dedication to Para-swimming events and his belief in the potential of every individual served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Martin’s warmth, kindness, and infectious enthusiasm on poolside will live on in our memories. He will be dearly missed, but his impact will forever endure. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.