Meet the Team
Sunbeam Swimming Club relies on many volunteers every week.
Here are some of the people that you might meet at the pool side or in the water when you come to a session.
There are also lots of other people who help to keep our club running smoothly.
If you would like to volunteer, please visit our page about the club where you will find more information.
Caroline is Chairperson of the club and joined with her son in 2018.
My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, had learnt to swim with 1:1 support and joined the club because he needed something more challenging. He has developed his swimming and friendships in his local community and the club has helped me meet new friends too.
In 2020/2021 Gráinne and I stepped up and became more involved with the committee.
I love welcoming new members and encouraging all of our swimmers to have fun as well as push themselves when they can. If they feel up to it, I support them to train and compete in the galas we enter as a team. The joy on their faces when they get medals and the team camaraderie is just fantastic.
My daughter has always loved to be in water – it truly is her happy place!
Joining the club when she was a young teenager, gave her a regular opportunity to swim as well as a place to meet like-minded people (that also love swimming and being in water!) and to make some lovely friends.
We’ve been members of the club for quite a long time now. In more recent years it’s been a privilege to help keep this fantastic club running by stepping up to the committee to help run the club, as well as supporting weekly sessions and the special one-off events that happen from time to time. It really is a joy to see and support everyone who loves being in the water, making progress towards their personal challenges at their own pace, and having fun doing that!
Gráinne is Treasurer of the club and makes sure that all our invoices are paid on time and that we are looking after our funds..
Sabrina is Welfare Officer for the club and joined the committee in 2023.
I like to be called Sabs or Sabrina and started volunteering for the club after my daughter Amy joined as a member in 2022. She was really progressing well and enjoying herself, making new friends and feeling encouraged by the other swimmers.
I got involved as a volunteer because I could see how hard everyone was working every week to make sure our club runs smoothly. It is really important to me as the club means so much to all of our swimmers and their carers and families. I wanted to do my bit to share the workload.
As Welfare Officer, I am the person who will listen if you have a concern about anything to do with Sunbeam Swimming Club.
In 2015 I had my lower leg amputated, due to an accident five years earlier. My rehabilitation included swimming lessons and I went from beginner to swimmer, got my fitness back and enjoyed it very much.
Swimming gave me so many benefits and I wanted to pay it forward, so I joined the club to encourage other disabled swimmers and help them to develop their swimming too. It brings me a lot of joy, seeing their confidence grow.
Nick has been volunteering with us since 2017.
Hannah is one of our helpers in the water.
Hannah often swims with our youth members encouraging them to try something new, like racing, or having a fun challenge.
Angela swims with many of our senior swimmers who feel more confident having someone in the water encouraging and supporting them.
Angela is one of our helpers in the water.
Nicola is a swimming teacher.
I am a professional swimming teacher and work for Pavilions in the Park.
For Sunbeam Swimming Club, I teach some of our swimmers who are still learning, to develop their technique and learn new strokes. I am very passionate about swimming as a life skill and the benefits it gives us.
I love working with this group and watching their progress. It is a highlight of my week.