The Judges

Welcome to Burnham-on-Sea Swimming Club. Scroll down to see what's happening!

Simon Lodge: Referee

Simon Lodge


Mark Podbury: J2

Mark Podbury

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

Kelly Podbury

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

Chris Wood

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.


Andrew Burge: Judge 1 Trainee