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
Arjun Palmer
Hi everyone! My name is Arjun and I’m thrilled to be your captain this year. With nearly 12 years of swimming experience, the past 6 of which have been spent proudly calling Colchester Swimming Club my home, and I’m excited about the journey ahead.

Over my swimming career, I've encountered both highs and lows, just as I'm sure you have. Remember to draw motivation from the good and use the challenging ones to become stronger – physically and mentally, both in the water and throughout your life in general.

The invaluable lessons of dedication and perseverance that I've learned are more than just swimming skills; they are essential life skills that will shape you into a better person over time. The early morning sessions might seem tough, but they instill discipline, and who doesn’t like to get a new PB?
What sets Colchester Swimming Club apart is not just our dedicated coaches but also the supportive community of our fellow swimmers. As your captain, I am proud to be a part of this extensive network and look forward to encouraging you to achieve your swimming goals and providing support when times aren’t at their best.

Wishing you all a successful season filled with personal bests
Sadie Rowe
Hi, my name is Sadie and I am the Ladies Captain. With eight years of experience at this club, I have been a part of CSC from Academy to the Performance Plus squad. I am here to support swimmers of all ages. I believe all swimmers should embrace the community of CSC where we inspire and encourage one another to reach our full potential. I actively participate in various swimming events such as open meets, leagues, Counties, and Regionals. As your Captain my main aim is to make everyone feel welcome and part of our team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for advice, guidance, support, or just to have a friendly chat. I am always happy to help and look forward to seeing everyone achieving their personal goals.
Lukas Karlsson
Vice Captain
Hi everyone, I’m Lukas, one of the new Vice-Captains at the swimming club. I first swam at the Academy and then moved to squad swimming at the club when I was ten. In addition to training in the Performance squad I also volunteer as a coach for the Potential and Young Potential squads on Friday evenings.

I understand that there are different ways to learn and progress both personally and within swimming and I will look to support other swimmers in finding the best way for themselves to develop. I also understand that training hard does not always result in County times and therefore it is important that you also enjoy the training and make the most of the friendships made at the Club.

I am looking forward to seeing swimmers compete and develop throughout this year and I hope every swimmer fulfils their goals for this season and, most importantly, has fun doing it.
Isabella Stratton-Thomsett
Vice Captain
Hi everyone, I'm Izzy and I will be your Ladies Vice-Captain for this next swimming year. I started my journey with the club in Academy at the age of six and have progressed through to the Performance Plus squad where I swim currently, I have represented the club at Counties, Regionals and the Arena League. I am a friendly and approachable person and I encourage everyone to come and speak to me; this could be a query or just wanting a little chat either at any of the training sessions or at meets or a Mini League!

My main goal as your Vice-Captain is to make your swimming journey as enjoyable and successful as it can be and to help wherever I can. My favourite events are the 400 IM, 200 fly and 200 breast which I can help with if you are aiming to compete in them!

I look forward to leading you through this next year and hope you all have some great swims.
George Scanlan
Vice Captain
Hello there, my name is George Scanlan.
I am one of the Vice-Captains at Colchester Swimming Club. I have been swimming at the club for around 6 years now. I am a hardworking and ambitious swimmer. During my time here at Colchester, I have had many great opportunities, I have qualified for Counties, Regionals and I have also been to an Arena League.

The club has also taught me to increase my confidence, perseverance and resilience which I think they are some essential qualities as it gives you a positive mindset at a young age. Colchester is an extremely welcoming club as the coaches are kind as well as the swimmers. The club makes you feel as you’re all part of a family as everyone is kind to each other and no one is unkind. I started swimming at the Academy but now I am swimming in the Performance Plus squad.

I also volunteer on Friday evenings at Leisure World where I see many of the younger swimmers talent. I look forward to see all of their hard work paying off and seeing their progression. You can find me at galas, sessions and when I volunteer on Friday evenings.

Passionate about competitive sports with strong family and social focus.

Continually providing a valuable service to the local community and giving people a place to go for physical fitness and social health for over 135 years!