I swam with Croydon Amphibians, beginning in the teaching section. My swimming career started when I won our teaching classes’ gala. Over the course of my career, I also swam at different clubs including Leatherhead SC & Beckenham SC under the watchful eyes of Ron Philpott (Head Coach of Crawley) and Tony Beckley (Head Coach of Beckenham).
In my late teens, I was awarded the honour of being selected as the Girls Captain for three successful years at CASC; the most memorable moment of which was in my final year as a competitive swimmer when we fought for our promotion to Premiership division in the Speedo League (now Arena League). You also may still see my name around on various club records.
With regards to competition, I have won various medals at Counties and Regionals (50 Back/Fly, 100 Back & 200IM). Sadly, the gold always eluded me. I was also selected to swim in the National Intercounties in Sheffield (a relay, but an absolute honour!).
Coaching wise, I worked jointly as Gold squad coach from the young age of 18 until 22 years old. During that time, my squad raised three National swimmers and both U11 girls and boys’ teams who medalled in both the Freestyle and Medley teams in the Surrey County Championships whilst collecting various other individual medals. One of Gold’s female swimmers also went to the British Championships under the watchful eye of our now Chief Coach, after my exit from the club to pursue a career in nursing. I now work part-time as a Specialist Nurse for Safeguarding Children, whilst being completely committed to the work I am undertaking with Diamond Squad.