YDSC Committee

At Yeovil & District Swimming we 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; those being the Chairman, Club Secretary and Treasurer. In additional 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 are always on the look out 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 swimming club president and is our figurehead both within and outside of the club. Sharon is also a Level 1 coach who coaches with the skills squad. She is mum of two and both sons are part of the YDSC club. One of her son’s Ben coaches the Potential squad and the other son swims with the club.

Chairman – John Dixon

Secretary – Judi Swan

Judi became a swim 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 being an early years teacher, she keeps the communications going between committee, coach’s and swimmers or officiating at a swim meet as a level 1 judge.

Treasurer – John Kinder

John has been treasurer of YDSC since 2018 and also helps out at the Oxley land training sessions. He has completed a number of triathlons and although he enjoys the cycling and running he has to embarrassingly admit that swimming is far and away his worst discipline.

Competition Secretary – Mike Frost

A newcomer to the committee, but no stranger to a YDSC volunteer’s polo shirt. Mike has spent many evenings and weekends supporting his swimming son Oliver on the poolsides of Somerset and beyond. As a seasoned Quantity Surveyor Mike is no stranger to a spreadsheet so was the perfect candidate to take on the role of Competition Secretary…..and he’s not boring, honest!”

Website – Ashley Tomkins

Ashley helped create the current YDSC website and enjoys updating and staying on top of our site. If he’s not working on the site or out fishing you will see him pool side supporting his daughter Rebecca who currently swim’s for the club.

Water Polo – Damian Orton

Damian has been playing water polo for 30+ years for the RAF, the combined British Armed Forces, and a mix of civilian clubs including one in The Netherlands. He’s been a level 2 coach since 2014, coaching with the RAF men’s and women’s teams, and now with Yeovil Spartans since 2018. A former Warwickshire county swimmer, his best swimming result is 5th at the ASA National Masters championships in 1994 for 400m Freestyle. He’s also an assistant swim coach and swim teacher (‘level 1’). Damian is in his 20th year as Chairman of RAF Swimming, Diving and Water Polo, and locally he is also chairman of youth rugby at Sherborne RFC, where he’s a level 2 coach and referee, too.

Welfare Officer – Sonia Floyd

Sonia became the welfare officer in 2017. She works alongside the committee and coaches to ensure the safety of the swimmers. She can be found helping out at the meets whilst ensuring there are no concerns for the welfare of the swimmers. When not supporting her daughter at the club she can be found walking her dog or on a barge on the canals.

Promotion – VACANT – Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Membership & Asa – Alan Stallard

Having been on the committee since 2015, Alan is one of our longest standing Committee Members. Alan started off as the Membership Secretary, and in 2016 became the Club Secretary, a role that he handed over to Judi Swan in 2019. Alan’s son, Sam has been with the club since 2012 and is now swimming in the Performance Squad.

Swim Mark – 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 ensure the club maintains the highest standards and has organised numerous coaching, officiating and team manager courses. He is a Team Manager and J2 Official. When not poolside with his son Rowan or chasing him down rapids in a Kayak you’ll find him working on his small-holding.

Covid Lead – Kate Williams

Trophy Secretary – VACANT – Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Fundraising – Kate Hudson

When Kate’s not coaching, or cheering on the swimmers poolside, she helps support the club with fundraising. Kate is also a level one swim coach who helps across all squad groups. Kate has three children and all three children swim at the club and are very successful county-level swimmers whom she is extremely proud of

Fundraising – Claire Abbott

Social – Daniela Tomkins

Daniela is fun-loving person who helps to sort out any socials for the club. Daniela also loves to help out at our swim meets, in between supporting her daughter Rebecca you will often find her with a big smile on her face helping the judges and coaches with their drinks & lunches.

Swim Shop – Michelle Harries