The Poolside Volunteers

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Mark Podbury: L2

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.


Lewis Plume: L1

Lewis Plume

I have been swimming forever and 2020 marked my 20th year at BOSSC. My time at the club has always been a positive one and when I became old enough to volunteer I jumped at the chance to teach. A couple of years after that the role of a new treasurer was required and I decided to give it a go. I’m especially proud of helping guide the club through some massive changes such as the 100% move to the direct debit system and reorganization of our processes. I continue to swim for the club to this day with my other duties and probably will until they finally kick me out or my daughter beats me at frontcrawl.

Interesting fact: I went on 3 German exchanges while at school and am still in contact with one & he actually came to my wedding!


Chris Wood: L1

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.


Phil Reddish: L1

Phil Reddish

Mark Podbury: L2

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: L2

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!


Sally Jeffries: L2

Sally Jeffries

I have been involved with BoSSC for nearly 20 years, when Lewis joined as a 7-year-old. Sitting and watching did not last long as I was quickly recruited to help poolside. Enjoying this, I gained a qualification and have been poolside ever since. Lewis was joined by his younger brother Alex, both of whom swam Four Seasons, Winter Series and Cotswold League, amongst others, and so organising swimmers at the deep end blocks became my home in many galas. I have been a committee member for quite a few years and this led to me being Chair of BoSSC, I think that the amount of time I have been involved shows what a great club it is.

Interesting fact: I have done a 15,000 feet sky dive, and going up was much scarier than coming down!


Kirsty Plume: L1

Kirsty Plume

Josie Hooper: L1


Jayne Lilley: L1


Angharad Davies: L1

After swimming as a child and continuing to the love the sport, I enrolled my children in swimming club as soon as it was possible. I volunteer because I was sitting pool side twiddling my thumbs and thought volunteering would be a better way to spend my evenings. I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of my role and really enjoy helping the children to learn and love to see them develop. Swimming is a lifelong sport and being able to support children to learn this, makes me want to continue for as long as i can. After a long day working as a nurse, swimming club brings me so much joy, its pleasure to see children having so much fun whilst learning. Burham swimming club really is one of the best and I am proud to be a part of it.


Sam Reddish: L1


Brandon Kelleher: L1 Trainee



Madi Chilcott

Madi Chilcott

I have only been a part of BoSSC since September 2020, but I have been swimming since I was about 4 years old, and competitively since I was 9. My favourite stroke has always been breastroke, but lately I have been enjoying front crawl more. I took a two-year break as I’d lost my enjoyment in swimming, however, since joining BoSSC I have found my love for it again. I have always liked swimming as it is a way to destress from a difficult day at school. BoSSC have been so welcoming since I’ve joined. I became a volunteer to help others discover a similar love for swimming that I have.

Interesting fact: I can bend my knees back past 180° because of hypermobility. I use it as a weird party trick to confuse my friends.


Ollie Clarke

Ollie Clarke

I have been part of the BOSSC for almost 10 years, I have enjoyed my time at the club from when I began. There is so much effort and commitment put in to help the club function as well as all the volunteers, I feel that I can do my bit to help out.

Interesting Fact: When I was 5 years old I tried to get a free train journey by telling the Conductor I was 4 years old.


Amy Englefield

Amy Englefield

Kizzie Barnshaw

Kizzie Barnshaw

Zoe Wills


Ellie Spofford


Toby Hooper


Poppy Dinham


Mimi French



Zoe Payne

Zoe Payne

I have two sons who both swim at BOSSC. I became involved with the committee when I learnt that the club was run solely by volunteers – I wanted to give back to the club as the impact it had had on my eldest son’s self-confidence was incredible. Although I don’t have a background in swimming, I am really enjoying learning about the sport and I am proud to be part of a club which is forward-thinking, inclusive and an important part of the local community.

Interesting fact: I learnt to swim late (aged 11), so I was determined my children would be better at swimming than me!


Oriole Harris

Oriole Harris

I first became involved with BOS swimming club many years ago as a child. I have many fond memories of being part of the squad and am still friends with people I met through swimming way back then! I am now involved because my children attend the club. Everyone is a volunteer and that is what makes it special. I want to do my bit so joined the committee.

Interesting fact: I have never come across anyone with the same name as me…


Lisa Dollery

Lisa Dollery

All 4 of my children have swam for Burnham on sea Swimming Club and my eldest daughter Josie still does, we started when Josie was 8 years old and have been an active family of supporters and volunteers ever since! If there are no volunteers there is NO Club. I love helping when I can as the swimming club has given my young adults a great start to fitness and the commitment involved in working as a team. Even though my family have now got older I still like to help when I can.


Gary Mcnulty


James Bishop


Tracey Burrow


Lesley Grant


Lisa Lodge


Steve Spofford


Steve French