Category: 2021

Meet the Committee Series 6

Here is the 6th installment of our Meet the Committee series

Kath Minghella

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club
A: My Roles at the Club are Masters Lead and Swim Manager Administrator and Masters Swimmer!
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: I joined Kingfishers back in about 2013 when a dedicated Masters session started with one swim a week on a Wednesday at 9.00pm, back in the beloved Old pool! I much prefer swimming in coached sets rather than running the gauntlet of ‘early morning madness’ lane swimming! Plus I work much harder and spend less time chatting at the end of the pool.
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: When I first started with Kingfishers after being cajoled into coming to a Masters session by an ‘early morning swimmer friend’ I wasn’t interested in competing at all, I thought I was too old LOL! Anyway after going to a few meets I realised I really enjoyed it and it didn’t matter how old you were you could still compete and have fun and get medals!! The chap that was Masters Lead left Kingfishers and I sort of stepped into the Masters Lead shoes and encouraging masters to enter meets etc, which eventually led to Amanda Lee convincing me I should be on the Committee (apparently I’m not the only one!). I said ok I will but ‘just as a voice for Masters’. Anyway here I am 3 years later still a Committee Member!
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: YES I am a swimmer. I love to swim and can’t understand why anyone would not want to swim!! 😊 I learnt to swim in the Old Pool before Kingfishers was started. In fact my Mum did a sponsored walk (with me in a pushchair) to raise funds to build the old Pool. I swam competitively in the indoor and outdoor pool until I was 16 then took a break from competitive swimming until I joined Kingfishers. I also did the Castle Foot swim when I was 14.
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero
A: Recruitment Administration / Walking – Swimming – Biking (no Triathlons I can’t run 😊) / Hero : My Mum
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club
A: What annoys me is all the people who say ‘well, can’t the committee do that’ but don’t want to be on the committee!! We all have lives and jobs to do, as well as being committee members; and we get to eat cake and drink coffee at meetings! Well we did before Teams Meetings! What makes me happy is seeing everyone enjoying training sessions from Technique Squad with their Teachers all the way up to Masters with our Great Coaches.

Meet the Committee Series 5

Here is the 5th installment in our Meet the committee series

Shaun Vasey

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club
A: Trustee/Committee Member, Open Meet Secretary, Poolside Volunteer, Team Manager, SE Judge, Web Site Publisher
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: In 2013, as the parent of Izzy Vasey we wanted her to be able to swim so that we could enjoy cocktails around the pool whilst on holiday. Little did we know then what would follow. Initially Izzy started to swim with Scarborough Borough Council delivered lessons, but learning was frustratingly slow. We were recommended Kingfishers SC by a friend and after a trial session she was up and swimming within weeks. Many thanks to the hard work & teaching by Carly Atkinson & Dave Cracknell.
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee
A: I joined the committee in November 2017 after many months of been harassed, begged & press ganged by Amanda Lee…. At the time the club was struggling to get a balanced committee of pool & open water members (20/80% split). The lack of representation from indoor swimming led to frustration from parents on the balcony as there was no clear visibility/direction on what was happening in & around poolside.
“PUT UP OR SHUT UP” inspirational words of Amanda Lee! Liking a challenge & unable to shut up, that left me with only one option. I joined the committee. This put me in the inner sanctum, the lionesses’ den or the witch’s coven. I was fighting for my life LOL.
On a serious note looking back at the last four years I can safely say it was a good decision, there’s always a challenge, there’s always highs/lows, opportunity for self-development but more importantly the rewards of been able to help young swimmers develop whether your own or others makes it all worthwhile.
If you like any of the above or simply like to be tortured, why not put your name up for election & join our passionate team of volunteers who are all frantically swimming/paddling in the same direction….
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: Yes, up until the age of 10 when I realised my true potential & achieved by mile badge. From there it was professional football for me…… Maybe I should have stuck with swimming! Alas the budgie smugglers no longer fit so you masters can sigh a gasp of relief.
Q: Occupation / favorite pastime / All-time hero
A: Senior manager at Schneider Electric, responsible for Industrial Engineering, Maintenance, Facilities, IT/Cyber Security & Apprentice training & development programme.
Favorite pastime: Football & any form of competitive sport.
All time hero: Daley Thompson – Twice Olympic decathlon gold medal winner (1980 & 1984) a true all-round athlete.
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club
A: What annoys me? Poolside politics internal & external bickering (Kingfishers or Scarborough). As with all competitive sports as parent’s, coaches, managers we all want the best for our own child/swimmer. Often in the quest to get the competitive edge for our child/swimmer we can all be guilty of losing focus on what really matters the child/swimmer. Only by all working together can we give the children the opportunity to reach their true potential.
What makes me happy – After been grumpy…. Hard work, teamwork, success & working together for the common goal.
Go Go Kingo’s

Meet the Committee Series 4

Here is the 4th installment in the Meet the committee series

Sherril Clark

Assistant coach 2 since 2017
Education and mentor coach recently as I thought the swimmers needed a contact for the various courses swim England are tending to put on at the moment.
When did I join?
I first joined Kingfishers at the age of 9. Growing up with the Kingos family some of which are still members (Jon and Paula especially). Life took over and on my return to Scarborough I drifted back to Kingfishers again in 2017
With family members already in the club, I basically got sucked in from the start. My 2 daughters were swimming and once Jon saw me on the balcony it wasn’t long before I was poolside.
Committee wise…… anyone who had ever⁰ tried to say no to the lovely Amanda Lee will understand!!
Am I a swimmer?
Yes I joined the forces at 20 and ended up swimming tri service…..lucky enough to swim in Australia against them, Canada and New Zealand.
I deal drugs for the NHS
Fav pastime…sports of any description unless they involve heights!!
Outdoor activities long beach walks with the dogs
What annoys me?
Rude parents who think they know how to coach and that you’re doing it wrong. If they know better why aren’t they poolside???
The smiles and laughs you can have either individually or with the squad. Teaching some new drill watching it be mastered and sharing the sense of achievement it brings.

Meet the Committee series 3

Here is the third installment in our Meet the Committee Series3

Jon Cheshire

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club
A: Head Coach
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: I joined Kingfishers in the 80s as a competitive swimmer and returned several years later as Head Coach
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee
A: As Head Coach I submit reports on a monthly basis to the committee, sit in during meetings and offer options/ opinions
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: Rumour has it I can swim
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero
A: Senior Duty Manager
A: music, films, sports, football, swimming, scootering
A: Al Pacino, Glen Hoddle, Paul Stanley
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club
A: At times the vision and reasons why we are involved in the club are over looked by issues that shouldn’t warrant people’s efforts
A: All the committee members volunteers helpers and coaches really care about the club and want to move forward.
A: See the swimmers hard work in training come to fruition with a PB or a fantastic swim. Happy smiling faces
The music and style of the Beatles has been a big influence on me over the years.
The old pool has been a massive part of my life. I learned to swim there, attended public sessions, swam, competed and coached, also worked there for a good few years. I probably spent more time in those four walls than anyone else over the years. Some fantastic memories

Meet the committee Series 2

Here is the second installment in our Meet the committee series,

Paula Ambury

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club
A: Open Water Coach and Wednesday front desk
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: 1978, a 10 year old swimmer
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee
A: I’ve been on the committee 3 times once as captain in the 1980’s, once for 15 years or so 2000 – 2015 and was the CPD officer and Open Water Coach where I enabled people to take teaching qualifications and upskilling all the volunteers
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: I will always be a swimmer at heart, I have swum many pieces of water around the uk including Windermere in 5hrs 12mins, I have swim all the local sea swims and am still the youngest female to have swum Loch Rannoch in Scotland and competed for Kingfishers indoors for years in Butterfly and Freestyle
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero
A: Teaching Assistant at a special needs school, spending time by a piece of water, my parents, I aspire to follow in their footsteps and always help anyone achieve their swimming dreams.
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club
A: People assuming you have all the answers right there and then and not showing the respect the volunteers deserve. I am at my most happy by a piece of open water, helping individuals achieve dreams in the sport and keeping Scarborough at the forefront of UK Open Water Competitions

Meet the committee Series 1

In the first of our ‘Meet the committee’ series, we introduce Debbie Fox

Q:What is your role(s) at the Club
A: Committee member, poolside helper and parent
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?

A:2017? The lovely Alex Lee saw potential in Grace and recommended Kingfishers. She even came to the pool to support Grace in her trial. She soon went from 30 minutes to 7 hours in a blink of an eye. Now both my daughters swim with the club and I wouldn’t look back.

Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee

A: When Grace started doing lots of galas I volunteered to help, made sence when I’m there anyway. Then Maureen Dickinson approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining the Committee. At the 2019 AGM I decided to put my name forward.

Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: No, but I would love to be. I dont like putting my head under water.
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero
A: Teacher and 1 to 1 support teacher/ sport / My Mum.
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club
A: Annoys me that some parents/carers don’t see and realise the hard work of the committee and the coaches and how many hours/days/ months worth of work that they put in. Kingfishers is a family and it fills me with pride watching the young people swim and watching the support they have for each other not just at galas but during training as well.
The yellow rose is sentimental. Means alot to my family.

Membership Update – Still Time To Renew

Dear Parents/Guardians/Masters

The committee, in recognition of unprecedented times and loyalty of members, would like to advise that this years’ membership which is payable now, will run for 15 months until 31st March 2022. The membership is invaluable to the club ensuring that standing commitments are paid and investment into the club is ensured, our thanks as always to everyone for believing in Kingfishers and investing in its future.

Thank you.

Vicky Gough

Kingfishers Swimming Cub

For assistance please contact:
Swim Manager and Accounts:

Kingfishers News Update @28th Jan 2021

Message posted on behalf of the Club Chair
Hi to all Kingfishers,
We hope you are all staying safe and getting your exercise.
We thought a quick update regarding membership might be appropriate.
On Tuesday evening our Secretary, Vicky Gough, attended a Swim England ZOOM meeting with regional clubs to get a Covid Leads update and an update of SE’s general plans and intentions.
After listening to the latest government announcement yesterday the Executive Committees email flow went into overdrive, the main emphasis of discussion was the membership payments and its affect on the payees and the club finances.
Previous Club announcements have clearly outlined our reasons for collecting the full membership fee, how they play a vital part in maintaining and fulfilling Club mark requirements, delivering training needs, and creating a happy, lively and vibrant club.
We are naturally concerned that 3 months of paid swimming membership will have lapsed before we hopefully return to the pool.
The full Committee will be working through the various and complex scenarios to ensure that both the Membership and the Club are happy with the final outcome.
Please,if possible, pay the full membership that will help us plan financially and we will do our upmost to deliver a good return for your commitment.
Just a reminder that membership is due and for those that aren’t aware what it helps pay for
– All insurance for people and equipment
– Ongoing investment in CPD for volunteers
– Ongoing investment in equipment
– Salary for head coach
Thank you and stay safe,
Chair, Kingfishers Swimming Club

Club News Letter – Update@ 19th Jan 2021

Sent on behalf of the Club Secretary
Dear Parent/Guardian/Swimmer …
Thanks for sticking with us in 2020!  We do hope you are keeping safe and well in the circumstances as we know 2020 has been a difficult year for our members.  But without your support, Kingfishers Swimming Club could not have survived.
Together, we returned to swimming with as many swimmers as we safely could under the strangest of circumstances, to give as many swimmers as possible time in the water.
We have worked hard as a committee and as a club to resolve all the issues Covid has raised – and to streamline administration, control costs and organise ourselves in a safe way to ensure the club is still here for the benefit of all our swimmers now and into the future.
Thank You To Our Members and Volunteers
Many individual members have volunteered time and skills to help.  For example, to become Covid monitors, raise additional funds (such as our Christmas Raffle), contribute to our fundraising by buying raffle tickets, manage our Swim Manager membership system, apply for grants, meet with the pool operator and council and prepare for Level X to bring competition back to the club alongside regular training and club nights.  These are just a few examples.
Many have joined the fight to get our pools open and to keep them open (subject to lockdowns!) … and most swimmers have returned to sessions when invited and followed the necessary rules – or pledged to return when circumstances allow them.
Investing in Our Facilities
We aim to make our training sessions the best they can be in the circumstances.  We are currently pricing up deck level pace clocks at each end of the pool to help swimmers monitor and improve their performance and times.  These will particularly assist those who may struggle for various reasons to see the current clocks. We are also looking to purchase backstroke start ledges for the lane blocks and have an ongoing project to evaluate with the pool operator the feasibility of, in the future, upgrading the starting blocks to add adjustable footrests. We are also invested in 4 Assistant Swim Teacher courses last year to upskill our volunteer workforce.
The committee would like to thank everyone involved for all their help and support, particularly for the Christmas Raffle which has made additional purchasing possible.
Your Kingfisher Community
We want to be here to serve our members and we thank you for being part of the Kingfisher community.  Without you there would be no club, but we do rely on your continued membership to survive.
At our last committee meeting we closed by playing the Presentation Night video from 2019 and it was a welcome reminder of what a special community Kingfishers is – it covered events from that year and is filled with positive thinking, great sportsmanship, smiling swimmers, success stories, achievements and fun loving faces enjoying all the club can offer – and will continue to offer in a ‘normal’ year – from a swimmer’s first internal gala, through friendly/district meets to licensed open meets with serious performance targets to beat!
As we approach membership renewal, we hope you will choose to renew in 2021 and continue your swimming journey with us.  We are looking forward to a return to regular training and competitions for all in 2021 – and for us all to continue wearing the Kingfishers badge and colours with pride!
Your Membership Renewal 
By renewing membership with us, you also renew your Swim England membership. You are supporting Swim England in championing our sport in the media, in campaigns and in lobbying for swimming.  As an affiliated club we provide safe and welcoming club sessions for you and your family, access to licensed meets and are able to ensure everyone is trained and insured for pool, fitness, competition and open water swimming. And of course, for Category 2 members, we hope that you’ll be able to enter competitions and challenge yourself against clubs locally and nationally.
You can see a video message about all that Swim England membership does for the sport and members here – look for the video in our Facebook group (#YourMembershipCounts):
We need to pay the club’s Swim England affiliation fees and programme water time at the beginning of February.  At our December AGM we recognised the pressure many are under and moved our renewal payment date to February 1st.  That was before lockdown 3.0.
*** What You Need To Do Now ***
As there are no training fees for at least 2 months, in order to ensure we have space for you or your family when we return we hope you will be able to renew your membership as last year and are asking you to indicate how you want to pay – all in one payment on 1st February or spread your renewal over this month and next, with a payment now and one on 1st of next month whilst here are no training fees.
We encourage all Cat 2’s to renew as Cat 2, given no current training fees – particularly as you will need this category to register for Level X when we return.  Swim England will be very grateful if you can manage this.  If you are not intending to compete, the form allows you to request a Cat 1 renewal.  Payment will support Swim England at this difficult time and reduce our costs in amending registrations later in the year.
Fees are confirmed on the form – there is no increase in annual membership this year.
Please complete the form as soon as you can on the link below so we can set up your billing.  We will then invoice and take direct debits according to your response (or ask you make bank transfers if not on a direct debit) as per the plan chosen.
Here is the link to the form:
If the first form is full and you can’t open it, try the link below:
If neither work try the link below:
Please Note: It is important you commit to renew with us now, as otherwise the club will not be able to hold places for you, as we will be admitting new members from our waiting list as soon as renewals are completed and we have a return to water date, in order to preserve our ability to purchase our training lanes.
There is an opportunity on the last page of the form to raise a question about renewal or anything else or if you want us to contact you with a response.
If you have any questions or need assistance about payments or a payment plan and can’t complete the form on the above link then please email me confidentially at the email address:

Thank you again for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to seeing you back in the water in 2021.

Kind Regards
Vicky Gough
Club Secretary
For assistance please contact:
Swim Manager and Accounts: