We are very sorry to give members the sad news of the recent, sudden and unexpected death of Tim Somers. Some of you will remember him teaching our squads and it is a measure of his commitment that he undertook his L1 swimming teaching qualification in September 2009 and L2 in June 2011 to enable him to do this. Tim also served on Hertford Swim Club's committee for 8 years between 2009-2017.
He was an extremely competent treasurer from 2010-2015 when he stepped down to become chairman until 2017. While treasurer he also had 2 years practice
as 'Acting Chair' 2013-2015. Even after leaving us he agreed to
be examiner of our accounts for the financial year 2017-2018. In
the summer 2010, Tim's firm generously sponsored our then HSC Masters
Swimmer Vicki Barker to swim at the World Masters champs in Gothenburg
Sweden. We are all extremely grateful for the invaluable &
considerable contribution Tim made to Club life while he was with us.
He was much liked for his easy-going personality combined with an
efficient way of working. The photo here shows Tim presenting our
recently retired swimming teacher & coach Rachel Threlfall with
her Life Membership at the Presentation event in 2013.
Tim leaves behind two daughters and his wife Pauline. Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.
From us all at Hertford Swim Club
On 1st April 2021 Ross Clewlow started as HSC’s new Head Coach!
Ross grew up swimming, starting at Borehamwood and then moving on to Welwyn Garden. He considered an offer to swim with Hatfield Swimming Club when he was younger but instead chose not to restrict himself to just swimming at that point and to carry on with other sports. After University he taught swimming in St Albans, Welwyn Garden and Watford. He then started coaching master’s swimmers at Ruislip and Northwood. He became a Development Coach at Chesham taking a group of young swimmers through their first County Championships and on to qualify for Regional Championships. Most recently he has been working as Head Coach at Kings Langley, helping to build a club which had lost its pool.
Ross also runs his own swimming teaching and coaching business (past 3-4 years) which has included regular sessions, camps and open water training.
We are all pleased to welcome Ross to Hertford Swimming Club and look forward to meeting him in person in the coming weeks.
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