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Our Coaches

The poolside aspect of Harpenden Swimming Club is run by a team of dedicated coaches. Many already have ASA/Swim England Coach or Teacher qualifications, whilst others are working towards them. We also have some parents and older swimmers who help out.

Head Coach – Annie Thompson

Squad Lead Coach for Seals and Otters – Tony Rogers

Other Coaches

L2: Jon Smith, Sonia Wall, Abby Smith

L1: Steve Craig, Kenny Murray, Debbie Cloake, Pernille Richards, Elena Smart, Larissa Dean, Ella Murphy

Poolside Helpers

Jen Calladine, Emma Craig, Maddie Hoddinott, Ruel Shepperd

Our Committee

The club is managed by a committee of willing volunteers. Members of the committee can be contacted on the email addresses below.

The Executive

Chair : Stephen Craig

Secretary : Debbie Cloake

Treasurer : Julian Hughesman

The Committee Members

Head Coach : Annie Thompson

Welfare Officer : Manisha Cook

Membership Secretary : Lesley Dent & Debbie Cloake

Officials Coordinator : Chris Stanley

External Meet Entries : Lesley Dent

Open Meet Manager : Bryan Thompson

Swim Mark Coordinator : David Jennings

Communications Officer : Nik Finan

Our Captains

Harpenden Swimming Club have Club Captains and Junior Captains. The captains are there to lead by example in training and at competition and to support and provide a friendly face to the other swimmers in the club.


Ella Murphy & Freddie Arbuthnott


Nina Shepperd & Toby Martin

Previous Captains

Club Captains: Aggie Burns and Freddie Arbuthnott.
Junior Captains: Frankie Irani and Jacob Verdier.

Club Captains: Aggie Burns and John Telensky.
Junior Captains: Hannah Brooke and James Atwell.

Club Captains: Juliet Merelie and John Telensky.
Junior Captains: Emma Craig and Luka Wilson.

Club Captains: Eleanor Lavender and Daniel Toy.
Junior Captains: Alice Richardson and George Williams.

Club Captains: Phoebe Salkeld and Daniel Toy.
Junior Captains: Larissa Dean and Ed Campfield.

Club Captains: Abby Smith and Hamish Wheen.
Junior Captains: Aggie Burns and Joe Richardson.

Club Captains: Izzy Thompson and Ed Cook.
Junior Captains: Katialin Dang and John Telensky.

Club Captains: Izzy Thompson and James Harper.
Junior Captains: Caitlin Hoddinott and Ben Galvin.

Club Captains: Georgie Smith and Morgan Pugh.
Junior Captains: Juliet Merelie and Daniel Campfield.

Club Captains: Georgie Smith and Morgan Pugh.
Junior Captains: Tania de Malglavie and Harry Hughes.

Club Captains: Connie Green and Eric Baker.
Junior Captains: Megan Campfield and Hamish Wheen.

Club Captains: Amy Thompson and Eric Baker.
Junior Captains: Abby Smith and JJ Dixon.

Officials Definition

​Timekeeper – this can be done as a stand-alone qualification or as part of the J1 qualification. From 2012 all timekeepers at Counties must be J1 qualified.

​J1 – Turn Judge –  learning to judge starts, turns, finishes, and relay takeovers.

​J2 – Stroke Judge – learning to judge the four strokes

​J2S – Starter – learning to start the races

Referee – the highest qualification. Overall authority over the rest of the officials.

For more information visit the Swim England Hertfordshire Officials site.

If you are interested in helping out please get in touch with the desk or email us here.

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