Captains Corner

Welcome to your Captains Corner
Purpose of your Club Captains and who they're responsible to..
The Club Captains act as a positive figurehead for all swimmers and the Club. Your captains are reposible to the Club Committee (or, in certain cases, their delegated personnel e.g. subcommittees, coaches, team managers)
Here's what you can expect from your Club Captains
What you can expect from your Club Captains
To provide leadership by;
- Attending all galas, either as competitor or as team captain
- Promoting good behaviour, team spirit and encouraging respect within the Club
- Promoting a positive attitude to training
- Promoting a positive image of the Club
The duties of your Club Captains are:

- Support and encouragement of all swimmers in all squads during training and competition
- Representation of the Club as swimmers’ leader during competition
- Liaison with coaches regarding support with training eg ensuring prompt start to warm up
- Promote team spirit and fair play
- Follow and promote ASA and Club Child Protection Policy
- Help supervise, referring to other Club officials if necessary, behaviour in changing rooms, at galas, at training sessions and during coach travel
- Assist with social events throughout the year
- Liaise with other Captains/Vice Captains to ensure representation by at least one at all events/meetings
- Support team managers/coaches with galas by:

- Advising other team members of selection
1. - Ensuring completion of team sheet by swimmers
2. - Supporting on poolside to help manage the team
3. - Help wherever possible at Club events ie Club Championships, Open Meet, Time Trials, in addition to swimming

Selections process

1. Chief coach asks all her coaching team for swimmer nominations based on training attitude, commitment, attendance and support for teammates and the coaches.  

2. Those swimmers are then invited to attend a 15 minute structured interview if they wish to be considered.

3. The interview panel make the selection based on quality of ideas, clarity of thought, level of commitment and a clear demonstration of good behaviours through past examples.  

4. We try to make the process a positive learning experience to help our swimmers prepare for future college/job interviews.
More about your Club Captains
Sandijs Cecins

Hello, my name is Sandijs Cecins, many of you may know me very well but for those who do not, listen up! I am a hard-working, ambitious and kind person. I love to help out and support people in swimming as well as outside, so you are more than welcome to come up to me and ask anything as I will always be willing to help no matter what.

I have swam for this club since I learnt how to properly swim and have loved it ever since. As well as that, the community that this club offers allows you to have the feeling that you have a second family. From my own experience I have bonded with all the swimmers and feel comfortable to express myself. This I try to help younger swimmers to feel and experience as it allows them to feel safer and loved in the clubs as well as fall deeper in love with the sport due to the community we have as a club. Aside from that, I am always willing to help and show new swimmers as well as younger swimmers how to feel brave and full of courage when they are in the club to enforce bravery and courage both in training and with socialising both in and out of swimming.

Keziah Cornish
Hi everyone, I’m Keziah and I am the Ladies Captain for this upcoming year. I have been competing for 8 years, competing at County and Regional Level. Through swimming, I have made some incredible friends, as well as had the most supportive coaches I could’ve asked for. I truly believe I wouldn’t be the person I am today without everything this sport has given me- physical and mental strength, confidence, self-discipline etc.

However, I have had (and still experience) many setbacks, where I have not been competing to the standard I would’ve hoped. Through this, I believe I’m able to encourage younger swimmers to persevere even when it seems difficult. You can’t always PB at every Gala you go to- it’s all a part of developing your character as a person, as well as a swimmer. I’d love to motivate and help swimmers reach their full potential, so please feel free to talk to me as I’d always be ready to help!

Overall, I want to make your time at the club as enjoyable as possible, and help swimmers develop the love for the sport that has so much to offer in life.
Antonio Girolami
Vice Captain
Hi I’m Antonio and I’m one of this years Vice Captains for Colchester Swimming Club. I’ve been in the Club since I was 10 years old and have enjoyed progressing throughout the squads to Performance Plus. I currently help out with the Academy and look forward to seeing all the new talent we have.
Sadie Rowe
Vice Captain

Hi, my name is Sadie and I am one of the Ladies Vice Captains for this year. As someone who’s been a part of this club for 7 years, I have swum right the way through from Academy to the Performance Plus squad, and can be there for younger and older swimmers alike. I aim to help make everyone feel welcome, as Colchester Swimming Club is more than a club, it’s a community. You’ll find me on Fridays at Leisure World poolside, as well as galas ranging from leagues, open meets, Counties and Regionals. I’m always happy to help, offer advice or just have a friendly chat, so don’t be shy to come over.

Keelan Barnet
Vice Captain
Hello, everyone! My name is Keelan, and I am one of the boy's Vice Captains this year. I have been swimming with the club for almost 4 years. Over my time at the club, I have learned and progressed tremendously physically and mentally. Swimming with the club has taught me critical life skills: resilience, perseverance and determination by pushing myself every length, every meter, no matter if you are at the front or the back of the lane. Taking on this role, I wish to act as a voice for suggestions from both older and younger swimmers. In addition, I want to promote the club and see it thrive through friendships and hard work. I have faced personal boundaries that have affected my physical and mental well-being. However, these experiences have helped me relate to people, whatever the problem. Therefore, I hope to support every swimmer in any way, shape or form and feel free to talk to me whenever. Thank you for this opportunity!
Kanzi Soliman
Vice Captain

Hey everyone I’m Kanzi. I’m super excited to be one of the girl vice-captains this year. I look forward to helping support everyone in and out of the pool.

I have been swimming for almost 10 years, and having had all these experiences and opportunities has taught me so much. My main goal is to be there for any swimmer who needs me, whether that is having a friendly chat at training or a gala, assisting swimmers or just talking about a concern you might have.

I hope you have a wonderful season, swim as well as you can, and most importantly, have fun!

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