At Bluefins, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality coaching and having a well-organised approach to our competitions. But we can't do this without your dedicated support.
Bluefins is run on a non-profit basis, the only paid staff are our coaches and administrators. Our swim meets are vital to the running of the club, provide a platform for our swimmers to excel and to raise funds that keep the club operating.
Running meets requires a dedicated team of volunteers. Margo Smith runs our Officials team and Helen Bournes leads our Volunteers. Here are just some of the roles and we are always looking for more people to join us.
Officials - Time Keeper
This is the first step to becoming a Swim England Official, recording accurate swim times for your allocated lane/swimmer. Training is a few hours theory-based, with on the job practical training at meets. Min age 14 years.
Officials - Judge
Meets cannot run without Judges. You will learn the more technical side of swimming of starts, turns and stokes along with a qualified mentor. To become a Referee, it takes many years of dedication to the sport.
If you are interested in training to become an Official, please contact us
Below are our very own newly qualified officials, left photo - Rob Pullen J1 and Fleur Turner J1, and right photo - Andy Wright J1and Elena Stebbings J2.
Requires a clear, confident voice to provide accurate and essential information throughout the meet.
Are responsible for ensuring all of the timing equipment is working throughout the meet and swim times are recorded and submitted to Swim England rankings.
Signs swimmers into the meet and welcomes spectators/collect spectators fee, hands out wrist bands and is the first point of call for enquires at the meet.
Gets swimmers lined-up for the correct heats and correct lanes, in advance of their race.
If you are interested in training to become a Volunteer, please contact us
Gemma Sadler - Official J2
Huge Congratulations to Gemma Sadler who can be found regularly officiating for us and indeed mentoring new officials! Gemma WON Junior Official Award at the Basingstoke Sports Awards!
Gemma Woodroffe & Tash Rougier - Fundraising & Social
Hunting down local businesses to support our Club.
Helen Bourns - Volunteers Coordinator
Busy holding the team together.
Lynne Harrison & Mark Sadler
Lynne Harrison featured here, our Welfare Officer and part of the Hampshire team. Mark Sadler is head of our tech team and also part of the Hampshire tech team, without our dedicated volunteers it would not be possible to run such successful meets.