Hamble Aquatics – Club Captains
Club Captain - Archie Smoker
Age 14 – Joined Hamble Aquatics: 2011
I have been a loyal member for 5 years and currently I am Boys’ Club Captain
Happiest Moments: Breaking the sub 30-second mark for 50 Free, at the Southampton meet in March this year. Even my Dad was not expecting me to do that because it was such a big milestone!! Being chosen by Amy to be Boys’ Club Captain in September 2016. Achieving County times and the sense of always improving when putting in the work during training.
Favourite Stroke: Ironically looking at the recently published County Times, I’m closest to the 50 fly, which up until recently had been my weakest stroke, proving the point to be an all-around swimmer it pays to work at all four strokes which will then pay dividends when it comes to the individual medley (IM). I prefer to do long distance swims over 200m because it is one that you have to prepare for in your training by working hard in long distance sets and endurance to achieve the best time possible.
Top Tip: Many swimmers focus on how many hours they swim, whereas in reality, your attitude and how hard you train when you are in the pool is far more important. Turn up to training ready to work hard and stay focused, PB’s and County Times come as a reward for your hard work. Supporting your team when in club races brings a team together and makes it more successful and more enjoyable to the newer swimmers when they are at their first gala.
If you put the effort in the results will come.
Club Captain - Hannah Osborne
I first started competitive swimming with Hamble Aquatics following swimming lessons at a local pool. I came into competitive swimming at a relatively late age of 11, but I quickly progressed through all the squads. 7 years later and I still thoroughly enjoy all aspects of competitive swimming with Hamble, even the early morning training!
Over the years with Hamble I have competed in many open meets and club galas, achieving many medals and trophies, as well as the Hampshire County and South East Regional Championships. This year, for the first time, I will be competing at the South East Winter Regional Championships. Over the years I have represented my primary and secondary schools, and now my sixth form college.
I am currently studying sport at Peter Symonds College, where I am also captain of the college swimming team. In my spare time, I work as a lifeguard at a local leisure centre, and I hope to continue with my love for the sport in the future either at University or in the leisure industry.
I feel extremely honoured and thankful being awarded the position of Captain for the second time within the Club. I will try my best to provide both my fellow team mates and coaches with support and encouragement in the future, being a voice and representative for both swimmers and coaches.
To join one of our competitive squads your child will need to attend an assessment session where we assess their swimming ability. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about joining a squad.