Who’s Who: Coaches, Captains, Committee
Senior Coaches and Captains
Chairman, Squad Coach, Masters Coach, Open Water Coach (2019 London Region Open Water Head Coach)
Danny became Chairman in 2017 but has been involved in the club since he was 9 years old. He was an active competitor from age 10-16, and started swimming for the masters at 23.
He has been coaching at the club since 1993, officially qualifying while his children were squad swimmers. He now holds Teaching, Coaching and Open Water Coaching qualifications.
He still competes with the masters, and is very active in Open Water events. He swam Lake Windermere in 2018 and was appointed London Region Open Water Head Coach by London Swim England for 2019 and 2020.
Duncan joined HSC back in the mid ’80s when he was 7 years old. He trained with and competed for HSC through all the age-groups, through his university years and beyond.
At 22 he started coaching, gained his qualifications and gradually became more of a coach than a competitor. Now he’s our Head Coach and the current squad hugely benefit from his wealth of experience.
Emily joined HSC in 2010 when she was 9 years old. She trained and raced for us until she was 17 – by which time she had already established herself as an able coach.
Emily began helping our Friday night coaches when she was 15. As soon as she was old enough she started taking swimming teacher qualifications. She’s now a Level 2 Teacher and coaches both our improver width swimmers and our younger squad swimmers.
Coach and Club Championship Secretary
Alison was a competitive swimmer up until the age of 17. Alison now coaches our younger swimmers and is Team Manager for our junior swimmers. Alison trains with the master’s team and enjoys Open Water swimming.
Alison’s daughter also swims for the club.
Club Captain, Coach
Louise started swimming with HSC when she was 11 years old. At 14 she started helping out with our younger swimmers on a Friday night. She qualified for the Essex championships in 2022.
When she was 16 she qualified as a Level 1 Swimming Teacher.
Friday Coaching Team
Rebecca started in our Learn To Swim programme when she was 7. She swam competitively in our gala squad in her teens, and has been helping out the coaches on poolside since she was 14. She is a Level 1Swimming Teacher.
Catherine started swimming when she was 5 years old and joined HSC in her teens. She started helping out on poolside at 14.
Catherine is a Level 1 Swimming Teacher.
Ben coaches our junior swimmers on a Friday night and has been a member of the club since he was 8 years old.
Jamie joined the club when she was 8 years old and worked her way up the lanes.
She coaches our junior swimmers on a Friday night.
Jess joined HSC in the Learn to Swim program and now represents the club at gala’s, she has achieved Essex Qualifying times.
Jess coaches our junior swimmers on a Friday night.
Daniel joined HSC at the age of 8 and coaches our junior swimmers on a Friday night. Daniel represents HSC at gala’s and has achieved Essex qualifying times.
Daniel has been swimming since 2015, training and competing regularly. He competed in the Essex championship finals in 2020 and 2021.
Daniel started volunteering as assistant coach in 2018 and is now a Level 2 qualified swimming teacher.
He’s away at university, but coaches when he’s home for the holidays.
Frequently found manning the welcome desk on a Friday evening at Harrow Lodge pool, James may well be the first member of the HSC team you talk to.
James became treasurer in 2017 but has been involved in the club since his daughter joined in 2011. His wife has also been a committee member, and his son still trains and swims for us in the Leagues.
James also swims with the masters as part of his triathlon training. He has represented Great Britain in the masters triathlon and travels overseas for the big events.
Club Secretary, Competition Secretary
Frank first got involved at HSC in 1987 when his daughter joined the club. His son followed in ’90, his wife joined the committee in ’92 and by 2000 he was on the committee himself. Now he’s responsible for a lot of the behind-the-scenes organisation and documentation and that keeps the club running smoothly.
If you email the club about membership, it will likely be Frank who gets back to you to arrange a trial. When you arrive on your first Friday evening, you’ll look for Frank at our club table.
Frank is club secretary and runs our gala entries. He keeps track of all our swimmers’ times and selects the gala teams.
He’s also secretary of the Essex Mini League.
In accordance with Swim England regulations, our Welfare Officer is not involved in coaching or any poolside activity. Any conversations will be treated in the strictest confidence. Safeguarding our members is the Welfare Officer’s primary concern.
Anna looks after the day-to-day registration and membership of all club members, ensuring all details are recorded correctly with Swim England.
Anna has 2 sons that swim and compete for the club.
Alison Rothon, Michelle O’Connell, Nicola Ford & Nicola Tomlin
Club Championships Team!
We run Club Championship galas throughout the year. The Club Champs Team put the events together.
If you have any questions, you can find them on the balcony at most of our training sessions – they all have children who swim for the club.
Hornchurch swimming club was established back in 1956 – and some of our original members are still involved today.
That’s a recurring theme here – members who stay involved well beyond their youth. We have current parents who swam for HSC as children and most of our coaches have come up through the club.