Austin Swain - New Chairman of Marlins

The Committee is delighted to welcome Austin Swain as our new Chair.  Austin brings with him a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and we look forward to hearing from him and introducing him to the members in the coming weeks. 

Some words of introduction from Austin :


It is with great pleasure that I take on the role of Chair of Marlins swimming club and I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself.

I am a married 50-something with two daughters aged 12 and 9. I’ve lived in Maidenhead for 14 years in a house that, happily for me, is within a mile of the Magnet Leisure Centre!

My involvement with Marlins to date has centred around the four or five Masters sessions that I swim in the week. This is primarily in pursuit of my own performance ambitions as an age-group international triathlete, although I’m also now being lured in to the world of Masters swimming, which takes me back to my youth as a national age-grouper.

The fact that swimming has always been a part of my life gives me, I believe, a great understanding of the needs of the club community as a whole. In addition, my professional life will also contribute. I am one of the founders of a company called Lane 4 which delivers leadership development and organisational change consultancy to companies around the world and is based in Bourne End.

The swimming connotation of the company name is deliberate because the Managing Director, and fellow founder of the business, is Marlins President, Adrian Moorhouse. Two of Adrian’s children currently swim for the Marlins but he is perhaps better known for his achievements as a swimmer himself. He won his Olympic title swimming in Lane 4 and we have built a business on the foundation of the performance excellence required to scale such heights. I mention this because, it is my intention as Chairman to involve Adrian in shaping the strategy for Marlins going forward.

I hope to meet you soon with a view to hearing your perspectives on how we can all create a performance environment we’re proud of.



  •  Ph.D. in Performance Psychology  (Loughborough University)
  • Lectured at Loughborough in Sport Psychology
  • Psychologist to the England Rugby Union team (‘94-’97),  assisting with their preparation for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa
  • Co-founder of Lane4, now responsible for consultant delivery and products remaining cutting edge
  • Published extensively on competitive stress, mental preparation for performance and group cohesion
  • Accredited sport psychologist with the British Olympic Association
  • Mentor to Head Coaches involved in London 2012 












We would also like to thank the outgoing Chair, Jacquie Hughes, for her many years of service and leadership in the role

British Para-Swimming International Meet

Congratulations to Katie Crowhurst and Damian Ng who recently competed at the British Para-Swimming International Meet at Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre

Katie entered 5 races and got PBs in all five events. Her best PB was in her 400 free where she knocked 23 seconds off. Her 100 back was fantastic as well. Katie's highlight was meeting Hannah Russell the visually impaired paralympian. Damian also swam well coming very close to PBs in 5 events and made the final of the 50m fly coming 4th with a PB!

The pool was fantastic and great event for both Katie and Damian to gain international experience and making Maidenhead Marlins proud of their superb achievements!


British National Championships - success !!

The Maidenhead swimmers competing at British National Championships have put in some excellent performances.

Tom Dean came 6th in the 15/16 year age group final; he was the second fastest 15 year old.

Connie Dean swam a very good 200 medley race to finish 12th in the Open Age Group.

Maisie Cossins put in a creditable performance in the 100m Breast in her maiden Senior National Championship event.

In the boys' 100 Breast, Tom has earned a spot in today's 15/16 year age group Final.

Tom Dean - 200m Breaststroke final at British Championships

Congratulations to Tom Dean who has made it to the Junior National Final of the 200m Breaststroke at this week's British Championships.  The final is today (Tuesday) at 19:30.

Swindon Open Meet

Maidenhead Marlins swimmers performed very well at the Swindon Open Meet over the weekend.
The personal best strike was was excellent; all swimmers behaved and performed really well. 
The medal count was a credit to the Club.
26 Gold Medals
17 Silver Medals
17 Bronze Medals 

Well done to all those who took part.