Simon Lodge: Referee
Mark Podbury: J2
I have been involved with the swimming club since it started in 1974, my Dad with 2 others started the club at Burnham Swimming Pool. As a swimmer I went on to do the counties in 1978 and then passed my Club Instructor exam. After 35 years in the Royal Navy I came back to the club and became Head Coach after passing my L2 coach exam. I am also a L2 Teacher/Judge and Open Water Judge!
Interesting fact: in the Somerset County champs in 1978 my 100m BR was swam against Duncan Goodhew, who went on to be Olympic Champion.
Kelly Podbury: J2
I joined the team when I moved to Burnham after meeting and marrying Mark in 2006. I have always been a swimmer and loved the sport, my Dad taught me to swim when we lived in Singapore, when I was 18 months old I was jumping off a 10m diving platform, wouldn’t catch me doing that now! I learnt to teach swimming in 1991 whilst on a my PT course in the Royal Navy and have been teaching and loving it since. One of my biggest strengths is my organisation and communications ability so when I was asked to become secretary I jumped at the chance. I love seeing the little ones learn to swim and progress all the way through the club, there is no better sport in my opinion.
Interesting fact: I ran up Mount Vesuvius in 1989, it was blooming hard work!
Chris Wood: J2
Having been with Burnham since I was about 10, I have always loved my experience at the club, so much so that I commuted from my uni in Kent to continue swimming at galas. After finishing my degree in Computing and speaking to Lewis about the Webmaster role, I decided to put it to good use and take over the role. In my short time as Webmaster I have revamped the website and introduced a Swim Lookup giving all the swimmers a chance to view their PB’s in one central place. There is still lots to do and I look forward to the technological advances that are in store for the clubs future, as they say the sky’s the limit!
Interesting Fact: As a developer I have released two apps onto Apple’s App Store, which have sold in over 20 countries around the world and one has been Top 30 in the Weather App Charts.