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ASKA Swimming Club committee members 

Meet our dedicated committee members:
Photos by
Simon Horsefield

Andy Griffith

I am the chairman and the head coach of the ASKA Swimming Club, which grew from my swimming school-based in Saltney. The Saltney swimming school has been running since 2009. I am a qualified swimming teacher and coach as well as a primary school teacher. I am passionate about providing a swimming club that approaches things differently and offers all its swimmers a challenging, fun, and welcoming environment where they can thrive.

Lucia McCann

As the club secretary, I enter the competitive swimmers into galas. You can ask me about galas or the general running of the club, and I’ll either know the answer, or know someone who does. I’m an engineer by training, and I work for Unilever as a global quality director. To relax I enjoy the great outdoors: skiing, mountaineering and camping.

Sue Gifford

As treasurer, it's my job to keep the club finances in order. If you have a query about payments, please catch me at the university pool or send me an email. When I am not sitting at a swimming pool, I enjoy a good walk with the dog, reading a book and having fun with the family

Kevin McCann

My role involves processing new memberships, registering all swimmers with Swim England (SE) and ensuring that our swimmer database is constantly updated. As welfare officer, I ensure that the club is run with the safety, wellbeing and happiness of members as our top priority.  I’m also the point of contact with matters relating to Swim England including swim21. By day, I’m a chemical engineer and I’m also SE trained in safeguarding, welfare and disability swimming. Although you will often see me poolside, my true passion is being in the mountains any time of year.

Andrew Searson

My role involves dealing with all communications for the club, including managing the club website, Facebook, Twitter and Seesaw accounts.  My daughters have loved being part of ASKA from the beginning. When I'm not baking next to a swimming pool in my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family.

Vicki Hutchison

Retail Manager

I help out with the sale of the ASKA kit. It must have been my reputation as a shopaholic that got me the role of running the shop. When I'm not trawling the high street, I can be found enjoying a day out with my family; a day at the beach with my three children is a particular favourite pastime of mine

Nia Wagenaar

Social and fundraising secretary

My three children swim with ASKA at different levels within the club. They enjoy their ASKA lessons so much "because the coaches make it fun and different." I help the committee out by assisting in organising social events that raise money for the club and ensure our swimmers continue to have lots of fun. When I am not being a taxi driver for the children I run a family business called Back to Health.

June Cousins

Deputy Welfare Officer

As a committee member my role as deputy welfare officer is to share the Swim England safeguarding responsibilities of the club with Kevin McCann and capture every child's opportunity for play and recreation in a safe environment. You will find me at the poolside most training days so don't hesitate to approach me should you need to seek advice. My spare time is taken up with gardening, meeting up with friends, trekking the great outdoors and holidays with my family 

David Naylor

Fin swimming representative

Jean Cowell

Committee Member

I have two children who swim with ASKA and I have been very pleased with the balance of challenge, fun and realistic expectations that the club provides for the swimmers. I am a general committee member who aims to support as and when necessary within the club. We spend lots of time as a family at the zoo, visiting and exploring favourite spots or you might see me whizzing around on my bike.

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