SCA Executive Committee Members
Members List and Biographies
The Committee is composed of seven athlete representatives covering all the disciplines of aquatics plus a Chair and the Athlete Relationship Manager.
Chair - Jane Cooke
Jane is a retired elite British diver, she competed at many international events between 1994 until 2004, including two Olympic Games. She has a personal insight into the demands upon an athlete and the important role committees played in dealing with issues arising within the sport. Jane also served as an athletes’ representative from 1997 until 2004 on the previous Swimming Competitors Association. Following retirement from diving in 2004 Jane continued in the sport as the team manager for the World Class Start programme from 2005-2007.
Diving Athlete Representative - Rebecca Gallantree
Rebecca Gallantree competed at her first Olympic Games in Beijing finishing in 25th place in the 3m Springboard. She has since gone on to gain a Gold medal at the 2009 British Championships held in Sheffield in the 3m Springboard. She feels the experience gained at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will help her towards achieving her aim of an Olympic medal in the London 2012 games. At the Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi, Rebecca represented England and achieved 5th place in the 3m Springboard final, 6th in the 1m Springboard and 4th in the Synchronised 3m Springboard, giving her an excellent boost to progress towards the next Olympic Games.
Disability Swimming Athlete Representative - Graham Edmunds
Graham has been a core part of the disability swimming team since he was first selected. A double Paralympic Gold medallist and a member of the World record holding 34pt free relay team, Graham is hoping to achieve three Gold medals across three Olympics in London.
Open Water Swimming Athlete Representative - David Davies
David has been a member of the GB Swimming team since 2001. He has medals from Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympic Games. A Pool and Open Water Swimmer David has a wealth of major event experience and has been a part of a number of different team management styles.
Swimming Athlete Representative - David Carry
David began his international swimming career as a member of the 4 x 200m Free relay team at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, since then he has become a Commonwealth Games medallist representing his home nation Scotland at both Melbourne, 2006 and Delhi 2010. He was recognised by Scotland as one of their sporting stars being part of the flag party at the closing ceremony in Delhi. David currently trains in Stockport and is working hard towards a position on the podium at the Olympics in 2012.
Synchronised swimming Athlete Representative - Jennifer Knobbs
Jennifer joined the British Synchro squad in 2010 and was a member of British Swimming's most successful Synchro team at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai. Based at the High Performance Centre in Aldershot, Jennifer dedicates over 40 hours a week to training with the ambition to produce an outstanding performance in the Team events at the Olympic Games in London.
Men’s Water Polo Athlete Representative - Craig Figes
Craig has been a member of the Men’s Water Polo team for many years. His strength and experience has seen him represent Britain at many competitions. Craig comes from a huge swimming family, his Mum swam at the Commonwealth Games in 1966, and his Grandma was a World Record holder. Craig has been part of a centralised GB team and now in a club based programme with the players coming together before each match.
Women’s Water Polo Athlete Representative - Fran Leighton
Fran’s family have had a strong influence on her athlete career, with her brother, dad and sister all being involved with the GB Water Polo programme. Fran competed in her first Senior international meet in the 1999 European A qualification tournament in Nice. Fran has won a Commonwealth bronze medal and was also part of the gold medal winning British team at the 2009 LEN European B Nations Trophy held in Manchester. Fran is determined to continue this success and be part of the winning 2012 Olympic Team
The Role of the Athlete Relationship Manager
The Athlete Relationship Manager role was developed with the responsibilities to develop a means for creating relationships between British Swimming and current and former GB aquatics athletes; and, to ensure the athletes ‘view from the poolside’ is at the heart of British Swimming and ensure engagement of the Swimming Competitors Association with all key British Swimming projects.
Kathryn Evans is the Athlete Relationship Manager. She was an international GB Swimmer for 9 years, competing at the Sydney and Athens Olympic games. Following her retirement in 2004 Kathryn was elected as the Athlete rep on to British Swimming’s Board of Directors and will renounce her position in favour of the SCA Chair, Jane.
Kathryn will work with all members of the committee group to help with the admin associated with a representative position.
For further information please contact Kathryn Evans, Athlete Relationship Manager, on 01509 640 148 or email: email@example.com