I first got involved in swimming when the first of my three children joined the club in 2010. Since then the other two have joined and all three have progressed through the club. I have been through the different stages of being a technical official and last year became a British Swimming qualified referee. I was Treasurer of the club for 6 years until I became Vice President last year. In my day job I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and Senior Partner of Chiene and Tait.
I have three kids currently very active at various levels through the club, thoroughly enjoying their swimming as well as the friendships it has brought them. I am a Judge 2 technical official, also seem to have stumbled into announcing at internal Warrender Meets and (very) occasionally take part in Masters swimming. I swam at international level many decades ago, as did my wife Stephanie which is how we met; perhaps not one of the most promoted benefits of participation in the sport, but certainly a good enough reason for me! In my day job, I am a Director at Scottish Futures Trust and also a Board Member of Lothian Buses.
My daughter has been swimming with the Club since 2013 and I have enjoyed volunteering in various poolside roles. A Chartered Accountant, I was appointed Treasurer of the Club in November 2016. Outside of Warrender Baths Club, I juggle taxi duties for my three children with running an accountancy practice that specialises in the third sector and entrepreneurial businesses.
I joined the club in 2013 when my eldest son joined a Benson squad. He was followed a year later by his younger brother, who's the only one of the two still swimming. I'm a Timekeeper and am part way through becoming a Judge 1 and Team Manager. I joined the National squads last season as one of the Team Managers for their trip to Bangor and also get involved in organising some of the club's events when I can. I became Club Secretary at the end of 2015. During the day, I work at PwC accountancy firm in their Community Affairs team and look after their environmental volunteering programme.
I have worked at Warrender Baths Club for 13 years, and as Head Coach since January 2009. In 2016, I was appointed to Team GB for the Rio Olympics, the first time a female coach has been appointed to Olympic swimming team staff in Great Britain. This followed senior team staff appointments at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships for Great Britain and the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Team Scotland. I have coached athletes to the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, 2008 and 2016 Paralympic Games, 2013 and 2015 World Championships and 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. I have been at the forefront of developing and implementing changes to the Club programme (including splitting our National level squads into gender specific training groups) which have met with great success. I am now overseeing the programme, focusing on areas such as coach mentoring and development, in order to improve our coaching standards and delivery at all levels of the Club.
My kids joined Warrender after being glued to the swimming in London 2012, and I haven't managed to convince them to stop yet. Although I was Cub Scout district breaststroke champion over 25 metres, swimming was never a sport I did competitively. I therefore classify myself as a "non-swimmer" like many of the parents in the club. Whatever I know about swimming I've learnt since 2012, having decided to attend a Timekeeping course after finding the competition viewing gallery too hot and crowded. In my day job I am in the Global Procurement function of the World's best brewer.
Pool hire Convenor
I have a swimmer in National Girls squad and my eldest daughter progressed through to Youth and latterly Club squad. I am a qualified solicitor and experienced complaints handler, having worked for the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. As well as being Pools Convenor and Club Administrator, I am a Timekeeper for the club and squad Administrator for Youth and Club squads.
Water Polo Convenor
I have been a member of Warrender for over thirty years now, although I probably didn't have much choice back then as both my parents swam competitively for the club and I was forever being dragged from pool to pool! I started with Warrender as a water polo player, had a few years as a swimmer and then primarily focused on water polo from my late teens onwards. I continue to play water polo today, albeit not quite to the same standard as in the past! At the beginning of 2014 I became Water Polo Convenor. I am also a 'vocalist' in the "Warrender Quartet" where we 'perform' annually at the Gentlemen's Dinner.
Child Protection Officer
I became a member of Warrender Baths Club when we moved to Edinburgh from Glasgow in 2009. Both my children joined the development squads and progressed through the club to the performance squad. Since going to university my daughter has coached for a year and swum in Masters. As a new coach over the last year she has benefited greatly from Laurel's guidance and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience supporting swimmers at competitions and venturing into the world of commentating at the Warrender JAGS meet. My son has just begun coaching Benson White. I found I was ill-equipped for time keeping and so from 2011 to 2015 I ran the club shop. In 2012 I was asked to become one of the club's Child Protection Officers. In my day job I am a social worker in a Children and Families team.
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