It is with sadness that we announce the death of Jim Cannon our Honorary Vice President.
Jim was an extraordinary man. Few people can claim to have given half a century of commitment to a sport, to a single club, to aiding the progress of generations of swimmers through the sport he loved -for the love of the sport: not for money, not for personal gain, not for recognition or glory.
He became involved with the swimming world when his children started swimming with the Maidenhead Club in the old outdoor pool. Because there was no indoor pool in Maidenhead at that time they joined Slough Dolphins and Jim not only transported his own children but also those from two other families living nearby and started helping at the club. When the indoor pool was built in Maidenhead he became involved with the Maidenhead club where he has continued to coach ever since. In the early 1980s the number of helpers was small and it is no exaggeration to say that if Jim had stopped his input to the club at that time then it would have ceased to function. In the early 1990s Jim encouraged the growth of the Masters section of the Club and he has coached, in total, 19 British, European and World age group record holders and/or champions. It is a fitting legacy that Maidenhead Masters had 12 swimmers compete with such distinction at this year’s European Masters Championships at the Olympic Pool in May.
Jim took as much interest in youngsters learning to swim as he did elites, as he did masters. He saw coaches and chairs come and go, coaching fashions change, the club's fortunes and profile transform over his tenure and he remained steadfast, present, consistent - the keeper of the corporate memory and soul. For this reason, Jim and Marlins have been synonymous in so many people’s mind and at one level, we all thought he would go on forever.
He was always polite, welcoming, ready to stand in for any squad, and his very presence - come rain or shine, early morning or late evening was reminder to us all that if he can do it, we can.He was the epitome of what volunteering is: doing more than you have to - because you want to.
Thank you Jim. We are all in your debt.
Jim’s funeral is on the 9th August at 2pm, Slough Crematorium. No sombre clothing please !
Follow the progress of the Maidenhead swimmers who have qualified for British Summer Championships in Sheffield from 26th - 31st July. Each day's start lists, live streaming of events and results can all be found here.
Good luck to all Maidenhead swimmers !
On Sunday 17th July, two Maidenhead Marlins master swimmers were part of a four strong team who completed the cross channel team relay swim. The team aptly named ‘Coastbusters’ consisted of Ann Chance and Neil Sammes from Marlins plus Jane Drapkin and Maurice Wheeler.
In preparation for the event the team had completed plenty of cold water swims in seas, rivers and lakes often in temperatures of only 10 degrees . The relay event involved each swimmer swimming for one hour in a strict rotation and the Coastbusters team completed the crossing in 13 hour and 54mins!
On a lovely sunny day and with relatively flat seas the only real hazards were the odd jelly fish as well as container ships and cross channel ferries! Neil did this amazing swim to help raise funds for the Marlins Club and so if you would like to support him and make a donation his fundraising page link is https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/neil-sammes
Connie performed superbly well to earn her place among the worlds elite swimmers in 3 finals out of the 4 events she entered. In the 200m Breaststroke she came 8th. In the 200m Medley she came sixth. To top off a fantastic weekends swimming she came 4th in the 400m medley.
Connie was delighted to have acquitted herself so well at this premier event and show that she has the talent to perform among the worlds best swimmers.
Connie Dean is today flying to Vichy France as part of an elite group of English swimmers chosen to represent their country at the French Open. This top level International meet is full of swimmers in their last races before Rio - Manaudou, Agnel Hozzsu, Adam Peaty and Jazz Carlin to name but a few. The meet is stacked with top class swimmers, some of the best in the World. Dean will swim in a GB racing suit and full England kit as she competes this weekend. She was chosen by England Talent to join its squad of twelve of England's finest competitors - drawn from some of the country's top clubs, including Loughborough, Sheffield, Plymouth Leander. Its a huge achievement for Dean - and for Maidenhead - the only club in the region to be represented at the meet.
Connie continues to be recognised as one of the country's finest young female swimmers. This is her fourth outing for England abroad, and a huge credit to her for her ongoing performance level. Connie has proved to be a real pathfinder and pioneer for Maidenhead swimming club. Her commitment to training and competing has seen her carve many pathways - to National and International competition that are now open for others from the club to tread. This is a huge achievement, and testimony to her and the club's progress.
Connie also leads a team of seven individual Marlins swimmers - and a boys relay team - heading to British Nationals in Sheffield later this month - our biggest contingent yet. She is joined by siblings Tom and Nancy Dean, Joel Lange, George Taplin, Maisie Cossins and Daria Poma. Well done to all qualifiers.
You can keep an eye on Connie's performance over the weekend too, courtesy of British Swimming.