YDSC Committee

At Yeovil & District Swimming Club we are very fortunate to have an amazing bunch of volunteers/parents that make up the Committee. They meet up regularly during the year – usually about every four to six weeks.

The current executive committee structure consists of three executive officers; being the Chairman, Club Secretary and Treasurer. In addition, there are other role-based positions on the committee to represent the key functions and operations of the club.

If you have any issues you would like raised at a committee meeting please see a member at the pool or contact us via email.

The club is always on the lookout for new volunteers so if you have some spare time or would like to get involved please contact us: [email protected]

The YDSC committee is made up of the following people:

President – Sharon Card:

Sharon has the honour of being the YDSC President and is our figurehead both within and outside the club. Sharon is also a Level 1 coach who coaches with the Skills Squad. She is a mum of two and both sons are part of YDSC. One of her sons, Ben, coaches the Potential Squad and the other son swims with the club.

Chairman – Martin Hooper

Martin joined the committee back in 2016 taking on the Swim Mark role enabling the club to regain accreditation. Since then he has been responsible for ensuring the club maintains the highest standards and has organised numerous coaching, officiating and team manager courses. He is a Team Manager and J2S Official and became Chairman of YDSC in November 2023 When not poolside with his son Rowan or chasing him down rapids in a kayak you’ll find him working on his small-holding.

Secretary – Judi Swan

Judi became a swimming mum when her daughter joined the club in 2018. In early 2019 became assistant secretary, officially becoming club secretary in September of that year. When not busy at her day job as an early years teacher, she keeps the communications going between the committee, coaches and swimmers or officiates at swim meets as a J2S official.

Treasurer – Sharon Bartlett

Sharon’s youngest daughter Chloe joined YDSC in 2022. Seeing how much Chloe enjoyed swimming with the Club, and how supportive everyone was, meant it was an easy choice to step into the role of Treasurers. 

Competition Secretary – Martin Dodge

Website – Nicki King

Nicki first became involved in YDSC in May 2022 when her daughter, Rosie, joined the Junior Performance Squad. During her first year at the Club, Nicki volunteered as a helper at various swim meets and in October 2023 she qualified as a J1 official. Currently training to become a J2 official, she can usually be found officiating on poolside when Rosie is competing.

PR – vacant – please contact [email protected] if you are interested in filling this role.

Water Polo – Rachel Middlemast

Rachel has been involved in water polo since childhood playing at local, county, regional, national and international level. In recent years she has also competed at Masters levels earning a European Silver Medal in 2018 playing for the English Roses Masters team. In 2017 she, along with Hannah Taylor, formed the water polo section of YDSC: Yeovil Spartans. She has since completed both her Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications and enjoys coaching the wide range of ages and abilities of our members, including her two sons.

Water Polo – Hannah Taylor

I’ve been playing water polo since 1984 and still love it. It satisfies my love of water and swimming and the thrill offered by team sports. In April 2017 Rachel and I decided to see if we could introduce water polo locally. With the help of Yeovil District Swimming Club, Yeovil Spartans Water Polo Club was born.

Away from the pool I work full time as a therapist, walk my elderly dog and keep up with the lives of my 2 grown children.

Welfare Officer – Danielle Dodge

Danielle and her daughter Scarlett joined the club in early 2022. Danielle can usually be found in various car parks playing taxi to her three children to their variety of clubs, so decided she could fill some of this time by supporting the swimming club by taking on the role of the YDSC Welfare officer. What Danielle lacks in swimming ability she makes up for, with her friendly presence at the club. She is the point of contact for anyone who may have concerns in the day-to-day goings on at the club. She may not always be poolside but when she is, she is always open for a chat and if she isn’t, she is always contactable by email. She will always do her best to safeguard against any issues to maintain a supportive and respected environment for members to have fun and thrive. 

Membership & ASA – Sam Angell

Swim Mark – Abi Margrett

Trophy Secretary – Martin Dodge

Fundraising – Lesley Parker

Lesley is a mum of 2 and her daughter Alyssa joined YDSC in October 2022. Lesley became part of fundraising in March 2023. She has volunteered at swim meets and in June 2024 she will become a trained Team Manager. She enjoys meeting people and is outgoing and friendly. Her son is a trained swim teacher and lifeguard, he is starting university in September 2024 to study physiotherapy. 

Swim Shop – Michelle Harries

Michelle Harries

Michelle is a Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Level 2 Swim Coach and also runs our swim shop. Michelle has been volunteering with YDSC since her son and daughter started swimming with the club in 2012.  She loves teaching and coaching, especially the younger swimmers, she gets so much enjoyment seeing the children progressing through the stages and is always very proud to see YDSC swimmers competing at Counties, Regionals, and Nationals.