Club Captains

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Lucy Sadler
Club Captain 2020-2021

At the age of 13, I joined Worcester having spent 6 years at my previous club, Halesowen, but I have been swimming since I was three. I started in the Age Group Potential squad and spent two years learning the skills and drills I required to improve my performance, making many new friends and I was really pleased when I was finally chosen to move up into Seniors/Performance.

Whilst in AGP, I volunteered and helped to teach/coach some of the younger swimmers in Skill Development on a Friday evening until I moved to performance, which obviously required me to train on a Friday night. I really enjoy coaching and supporting the younger swimmers to develop and transfer the skills I have learnt from the coaches to them and also see their progression. In addition, when I can, I take up the opportunity to help out on poolside at the Junior and PGL league to support the swimmers.

Throughout my swim career, I have swam in all leagues from PGL, Mercian with Worcester Winter League, Junior League, and the National League at a previous club as a junior. My most enjoyable experience was being captain at the PGL league final and when the final girls relay won by half a length. I love to compete at open meets and counties and the opportunity to swim in open water last year, which I had hoped to continue this year.

In Swimming, I’ve learnt no matter how hard we work individually, in training or as part of the larger team in competition, this sport requires dedication, resilience and patience to achieve the best we can. These kind of things are so important to me and I want to help younger swimmers to learn how to deal with the disappointments as well as the good and offer personal experience on how I deal. After undertaking the online part of the Assistant Swimming Coach course earlier this year, I am excited to transfer any skills I learn from the rest of this course to younger swimmers in order to develop their performance and mine too. Swimming at this club and in total has not only improved my skills and times but also my mental well-being too.

I am enormously proud and thankful to be part of this club and I am so excited for the future as club captain.

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Izzy Trow
Club Captain 2020-2021
My name is Izzy Trow and I have been swimming with Worcester Swimming Club for 7 years. I started swimming in Skill Progression and now swim in Performance, having worked my way up through the other squads.
For as long as I can remember, swimming has been a very important part of my life. I will be forever grateful to the coaches, swimmers and volunteers who have made my time at Worcester so enjoyable.
For the past few years I have really enjoyed helping coach the Skill Development squad on Friday nights. It has been great to contribute to swimmers’ development, but I have especially found it rewarding to watch the swimmers have fun and form new friendships. It has been really nice to get to know lots of new swimmers and I am looking forward to getting back to it once the pandemic is over.
Worcester Swimming Club has given me many opportunities to try new things, such as open water swimming. It was nice to mix with other squads and experience a different aspect of swimming.
For me, swimming is not always all about winning everything but rather being part of a big family; a family that supports each other through all the ‘ups and downs’. My main aim as Club Captain is to encourage swimmers of all ages to be the best version of themselves; never giving up and persevering with their goals. Whether competing at team galas, or regional competitions, the support of the Worcester Swimming Club community has always lifted my spirit and made me more determined. Now, more than ever, I think it is important to continue this community spirit and come together as a family.
As club captain, I hope that swimmers see me as friendly and approachable, and someone they can chat with at any time. I am very proud to represent such a great group of swimmers, and a club, which has been so important and beneficial to me over the years.

Worcester Swimming Club – Club Captain Roles

If you are elected as Club Captain for WSC you have been selected by the swimmers of the club and are now their voice and support system. You are entitled to attend committee meetings to raise any issues and to be involved in some decisions. We want you to bring your individual qualities and character to the role in a dedicated and professional manner. The committee does however expect certain things of you, which are detailed below:

  • As the Club Captain, you are the representative for every single swimmer; be they junior or senior, competitive or fitness swimmer. You must treat everyone equally, and, if the situation requires, make fair decisions that can be understood and appreciated by all involved and others observing.
  • As a representative for the club, you should be seen in the correct kit at all time i.e. a Worcester polo shirt when coaching, helping, competing and a club hat when competing. You should also encourage other swimmers to do the same.
  • You must be accessible to everyone, so should attend regular training sessions and volunteer on poolside. You may also be required to attend junior galas to help the coaching and team managing staff, and should do your best to swim in the league galas.
  • You will be required to give a speech at Presentation evening. This should be a round up of the year to date, combined with some events to look forward to and words of encouragement. You will also have to select and present the Club Captains Award. This award is given to a person, chosen solely by the Captains, who has given an outstanding contribution to the club in the year doing any role.
  • It is your duty to report any problems to the coaching staff if they arise. This may include misbehaviour in the changing rooms, suspected bullying or other discrimination. Swimmers are likely to come to you if they have a problem, so you must treat their information with confidentiality and respect, and pass on any concerns to the appropriate adults.
  • Raising money for charity is an important part of Worcester Swimming Club. You will be expected to attend any event raising money and you may be asked to organise a charity event. You should promote the event positively and try to gain the support of as many swimmers as possible.
  • You may be asked to assist in organising events such as training camps. This may involve you choosing activities or making bookings. Sometimes you may have to organise a team photo, or something similar, so will need to inform swimmers and parents of a time and place effectively.
  • When at a competition you should be at the forefront of supporting the team. This means you should be cheering on all other swimmers and encouraging others to do the same. You should also give support to younger swimmers at all times, especially when things don’t go so well!

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