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.
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.
On the 25th to 29th May 2016 ten Maidenhead Marlins Masters swimmers headed off to London to compete in the European Masters Aquatics Championship at the London Aquatic Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.In the first events of the competition it was the ladies in action with great performances from Claudia Goldschmidt, Sasha Forster and Rachel Langton in the 200 Freestyle and Carolynn Curtis in the 50m Breaststroke - there were some good personal bests and top 25 place finishes for Rachel and Carolyn .In the evening the Men and Women 4 x 50 freestyle relay teams were in action with the ladies team (Rachel, Claudia, Carloyn and Stephanie Rich) finishing an impressive 11th out of 67 teams. Whilst the men (Richard Standard, Steven Iley, Julian Swain and Bob El-Hawary) finished 13th.
The second day saw individual Marlins swimmers competing in the 50m backstroke with Ann Cork finishing as the highest Brit (7th) in her age group . Whilst Richard Stannard , in the 400m free , gained the first Marlins medal by taking silver behind former World Champion swimmer Samuele Pampana of Italy. In the mixed medley relay (Stephanie, Carolynn, Bob and Richard) pulled out a great team performance to finish 24th out of 124 European teams. On the penultimate morning of the Championships it was the turn of the 200m backstroke crew with some good age group placing for Ann (5th) , Richard (9th) and Leon Youngman (19th) . There were also strong performances from Marlins swimmers in 100m free , fly and 400m free events most notably with Julian Swain achieving a top 20 European placing. On the final day of the Competition there was some impressive 50m free sprinting with Julian , Bob and Steve in action with Julian finishing 14th in a time of 26.82 and the 3rd leading Brit, Bob (32rd) and Steve (34th). To finish the competition Anne Cork continued her impressive performance by finishing in 5th place in the 100m back event and again was the leading Brit in her age group !
The weekend of the 28th and 29th May saw the second of the two weekends of competition for the South East Regional Age Group Championships at K2 in Crawley. Again a number of our swimmers were competing and in the second event of the day our girls - 4 x 100m free relay team (Beth, Alyssa, Liv and Emma) narrowly missed out on a bronze medal when they were beaten into 4th place.
As the weekend progressed there were good performances from Hayden Netherwood-Meek and Liv Howley in 200m fly and 50m back. As well as top 8 finishes for both Isobel Benster and Emma Hepworth in the 200m free heats with both making their age group finals. Whilst Alyssa Basinger and Beth Neall finished 13th and 15th in their respective age groups. Zack Bleekendaal made his 50m breast final and Isobel qualified fastest for the 50m fly final.
In the final for 200m free – Emma and Isobel both produced PBs and finished 5th and 6th in their age groups in the region whilst Zack consolidated his 7th position. However the highlight of the finals was Isobel winning gold in the 50m fly – a fantastic result and great performance in her first regional championships.
In the final session of the Championships, the girls 4 x 50m free team (Beth, Alyssa, Isobel and Emma) shrugged off the disappointments of the previous day and pulled off a great performance to take the bronze medal by a 10th of a second ! Whilst Alyssa and Zack completed their regionals with 10th and 11th positions in the 400m IM and 400m free events.