Club Champion returns to swim Masters

Helen Fisher

We're very pleased to have welcomed back Jenny Roberts to Bourne End Swimming Club.  She joined us without any fanfare but as soon as she started swimming, her fellow Masters could tell she had some form - in fact Jenny swam with Bourne End as a youngster and held many Club records some of which still stand (Jenny Shorrocks)!  Jenny's a keen runner and triathlete and it's great to see her back in the water.  Here's her story:

I joined the club in 1994 at 9 years old. I started off as a Freestyle swimmer and later discovered, with encouragement from the then coach George Bushell, that I was actually better at Butterfly. I swam with the club right up to the age of 18 with a number of achievements including club records, county medals and representing Bucks a number of times. 

Some of my happiest memories from my childhood are with the club. The team spirit was fantastic and although we didn't always win, we always had fun! I think swimming, and sport in general, is so important for young people. I know that it definitely helped me to deal with the stresses of growing up. 

Since I left the club I have stayed involved with sport and have competed in triathlons - I represented GB in the age-group World Championships in 2008 and 2013. These days I focus mainly on running and compete with Wycombe Phoenix in cross country and track. I have represented Bucks at inter-county cross country on a number of occasions. 

I decided to re-join BEJSC after discovering they have a Masters squad. It's great to have coached swimming sessions - I have really missed it! The team are very friendly and made me feel very welcome.

I'm really pleased that the club is still doing well after 50 years and am looking forward to my children getting involved as soon as the swim development programme is able to start up again. I hope they will enjoy their time with the club as much as I did.