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

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

Josie Hooper

Jayne Lilley: L1

Jayne Lilley

Angharad Davies: L1


Sam Reddish: L1



Zoe Wills

Zoe Wills

Amy Englefield

Amy Englefield

Kizzie Barnshaw

Kizzie Barnshaw
  • Ellie Spofford
  • Toby Hooper
  • Poppy Dinham
  • Brandon Kelleher
  • Madison Chilcott
  • Ollie Clarke
  • Mimi French

  • Gary Mcnulty
  • James Bishop
  • Tracey Burrow
  • Lesley Grant
  • Lisa Dollery
  • Lisa Lodge
  • Zoe Payne
  • Oriole Harris