I have been involved in sports and coaching for a number of years. I started my working life as a sports journalist.
I played women’s rugby at university and played at representative level. I went on to coach junior rugby for ten years before moving to marathons and triathlons. I set up and organised the first triathlon in Kazakhstan too! It was to fulfil this ambition to compete in a triathlon that I had to confront my fear of swimming and putting my face in the water and so, just a few years ago, I had swim lessons. I had stopped swimming as a child after an awful experience at a swim lesson. This is something I always bear in mind when I’m coaching your children.
I have four boys, aged 9-17 years. They started competitive swimming when we lived in Malaysia. We moved to Yorkshire in 2015 and three of my boys now train with TWHST.
In 2018 I gained my Level 1 swim teaching qualification and I help to coach B Squad and sometimes Tadpoles too.
My son Thomas joined swimming club several years ago and I've gradually got involved, learning what galas are all about and joining the friendly bunch of supporters. My husband and I run J.D. Photography and I have a book-keeping/accounts background.
I have been involved with the club since 2014 when my daughters joined as tadpoles, they now swim in B squad and Development and love the training as well as the galas. Both of my daughters have made great friends at swimming. I became committee secretary in 2017 and can regularly be found on poolside.
Outside of swimming I enjoy keeping fit and walking my two labradors, I also have a busy job in the NHS.
I've been involved in TWHST since both my daughters originally joined the club in 2005. I volunteer as a coach and competition secretary and am a qualified Level 2 Judge (J2). I swim with the TWHST Masters on a Saturday morning and enjoy open water swimming through the summer. I'm at the pool very frequently and available to discuss forthcoming galas and help advise on which events to enter.
Swim Mark Co-ordinator
Appointed Head Coach in December 2018
I first got involved in swimming club when my son Noah started swimming, and was quickly persuaded to join the committee. My roles include teaching, ordering swim club merchandise and social/fundraising events.
My son Oliver joined the club just over 2 years ago, having spent some time with Harrogate swimming club.
I became involved in the committee 12 months ago, rolling out the club app (TeamApp) on mobile devices, which is a useful tool when used to its full potential. Being a Licensed FA Coach teaching junior football I felt my experience of using such an app within a football club would add value to the swimming club. I also assist at club gala’s in a timekeeping capacity or other duties. I can be found around the pool typically on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, should you have any questions or want to know more about TeamApp.
Boys Club Captain
Elected Club Captain 2017 and 2018
Girls Club Captain
Asst. Competition Secretary
I have been part of the swimming club since 2009 when my son joined and then my daughter joined in 2015. Louis no longer swims for the club and Isabel swims in B Squad.
I work as a Children's Nurse in Leeds.
I have taken on the role of Welfare Officer in December 2018.
I attend the pool 1-2 times per week. I am happy to discuss any welfare issues by email and telephone or we can arrange to meet at the pool.
I have been part of the swimming club since 2010, when both my boys joined. I quickly got roped in as welfare officer, before becoming chair in 2014. After four years as chair, I have now taken the role of vice chair. My son Archie swims in the A squad. Swimming is a huge part of his life- which means it is a huge part of mine too! Outside the club, I am a veterinary surgeon, a runner and a musician, as well as spending a lot of time on the side of rivers supporting Archie’s older brother whose sport is rowing. Water seems to be a feature in our lives one way or another!
I have been involved with the club since 2017 when my daughter joined following a family move from Northumberland. We were both previously members of Morpeth ASC which is where Lucy started her competitive swimming and I was first recruited as a coach. After leaving my career where I trained Accountants and Hotel Managers on both Accounts and Software packages I have thrown myself into being a mum! From PTA’s , Deputy Chair of a School Governing body, working in my children’s previous school nursery to Fostering and now coaching. I still have a role within our construction company of Management Accountant which I generally manage to fit in around my 3 children...