Haringey Aquatics announced new Club and Vice Captains for the 2014/2015 competitive swimming season. In its ongoing commitment to develop Haringey youth leaders, the club added more responsibilities this season to the captain’s role. This is to give swimmers an early taste of work experience in the field of coaching and sports leadership. Along with building team chemistry, the captains and vice captains will assist coaches at swim practice, with pre-race warm ups, provide tips and advice to new swimmers, report swim gala results on Twitter, and will aim to organise at least one club fundraiser.
Nominations were based on the candidate’s ability to demonstrate Haringey Aquatics’ core values: Self-reliance, Perseverance, Excellence, Endurance and Determination.
Head Coach Paul Doyle says, “I am excited about giving our swimmers practical skills they can apply now to themselves, their studies, a potential sports coaching career pathway, and help them gain insight into what it takes to be a leader both in and out of the pool. Swimming is a fantastic team sport, and these captains will help take Haringey Aquatics to the next level this season.”
Jake Austin – Senior Boy Captain
Jake has been a member of Haringey Aquatics for 12 years, and is currently assisting with Haringey Aquatics’ Northumberland Park Community School’s “Learn to swim programme. He hopes to become a qualified swim teacher. Last year, Jake attained a career high, qualifying for five events at the London Regional Swimming Championships. A fellow teammate comments, “Jake is good at giving you tips before you race, he’s really helped me a lot over the years…” Jake is a veteran of graded galas and was previously the junior captain.
Morwenna Taylor – Senior Girl Captain
Morwenna, aged 15, joined Haringey Aquatics when she was ten and is a self-proclaimed breaststroke specialist. In 2014, she qualified for the London Regional Swimming Championships and she hopes to return again in 2015. Morwenna is often seen supporting younger swimmers and assisting the coaches at galas and competitive leagues galas. Morwenna says, “I am keen to organise more social activities for club members and I have a few ideas on how the club can raise money.”
Nicola Lawrence – Senior Girl Vice Captain
Nicola has been swimming and diving with Haringey Aquatics since she was 10 and is a great role model for discipline and determination. “I felt most proud when I completed the 800m freestyle and pushed myself to get a PB (personal best); in doing so I got the Girls Open Club record!” Nicola isn’t ruling out a career in sports leadership and has already passed her Sports Leaders and BTEC Sport course work; she plans to apply that learning to her senior vice captaincy.
Junior Boy Captain – Laurie Taylor
Whilst Laurie has only been swimming competitively for two years, he has shown selflessness and dedication in practice and at competitive meets. Having quickly moved up through the ranks to his current role, he’s determined to help younger swimmers manage their nerves and achieve personal bests. He’s also set some ambitious personal objectives. Laurie declares, “I’m attacking the 200 fly and 400IM, and later on, the 400 free.” Laurie has numerous ideas to raise money for the club, and was a key player in driving up Live Auction bids at the recent 25 October quiz night fundraiser. Said Taylor, “It was so much fun and I hope we do more fundraising events like this in the future.”
Junior Girl Captain – Maisie Ayres
Maisie has been swimming with Haringey Aquatics for four years. She is looking forward to sharing her opinions about things to do with the club. Her career highlight came in the 200 meter butterfly where she finished second in her age group. Maisie says, “I aim to continue improving until I reach the County Age Groups, and someday hope to represent Haringey Aquatics at a national level.” Maisie is really looking forward to helping out the younger members of HA. The message she hopes to tell them is “swimming is fun.”
Junior Girl Vice Captain – Ellie Crockford
Ellie has been swimming competitively since age nine. A Sky sports ambassador, she joined Haringey two years ago. Her approach to being a club captain is, “to be fun loving, but also knowing when to knuckle down and work hard!” Ellie likes to step out her comfort zone to push herself – which she does by competing in the 800m freestyle. Along with Maisie and Laurie, Ellie is often found at the end of the lanes cheering on younger swimmers on at galas.
Haringey Aquatics is a multi-disciplinary club that offers swimming, diving, and water polo training in three pool locations in Haringey (Tottenham Green, Northumberland Park Community School and Crouch End). For more information, contact 07946180134 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the web site at www.haringeyaquatics.org.uk or follow @teamharingey.