About Our Club

Tavistock swimming club was founded 28 years ago. It was set up thanks to the vision and determination of our first chairman and subsequent vice president, the late John Reed, just as Meadowlands pool in 1990. It has been based there ever since.

Sunday evening was established as club night, but very quickly eager coaches and enthusiastic swimmers engaged in additional training sessions during the week to prepare themselves for competition. Initially the club took part in local, competitive ‘friendly’ galas across the county and intoCornwall. In those early days the team of young swimmers was complemented by a small group of adults who also bravely competed for the club!

As numbers grew, weekly local galas provided competition for a diverse range of swimmers and the club regularly fielded two (or even three teams on some occasions!) to compete in pools across the region.

Head coaches Stephanie Worth and the late Grahame Cooper began to earn Tavistock a deserved reputation for producing swimmers for theDevon County squad. The club built a group of youngsters who competed in championships at county, regional and national level. Admission to the National Speedo League created an added dimension. Promotion or relegation depended on the team ethic. Friendships were cemented on these occasions and have endured to this day, with many of the club’s former members staying in touch and with some continuing to swim in the Masters category.

Throughout its short history Tavistock Swimming Club has encouraged all its swimmers to enjoy themselves whilst improving personal fitness. This has been the basis of future personal achievements with many members going on to attain lifeguarding and swim teaching qualifications. Swimmers have excelled in open water swimming, biathlon, aquathon and triathlon events in this country and abroad. There have been notable successes in and out of the water. Olympic pentathletes Kate Allenby (Sydney 2000) and Heather Fell (Bejing 2008) are both former club members.

The club has benefited from the enthusiasm and skills of its coaches, committee members and poolside volunteers. The management teams at both Meadowlands Pool and Kelly College have given continued support and opportunities to the swimmers.

The club strives to help its swimmers develop confidence, self discipline and respect for one another. It is proud to represent our town and has helped to put Tavistock on the sporting map!

Now in 2019 the future looks bright, as another generation of swimmers, trained by Head Coach James with the support of the current team of coaches, continue down the exciting road of water sports, recreational and competitive swimming. There is also the added attraction of varies social events.

 

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