Swimming Lesson Co-Ordinator
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HI, MY NAME IS JULIE JAGO
I am proud to be Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator and Head Coach for Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club where our motto is “Ability not Disability.”
I have been involved with swimming clubs since the age of 12 when I started competing, I carried on racing until my mid-forties. My biggest achievement as a swimmer was when I was part of a successful relay team of 6 that crossed the English Channel in 1986. Interestingly another member of the team was Carl Cooper who is now the East Region Disability Swimming Talent Officer.
I have taught and coached for 5 different swimming clubs over the years and currently also teach for Leisure World as well as being an Assistant Coach for Stanway Swimming club.
My disability experience comes from being a Teaching Assistant for 14 years both as a general classroom TA and working 1 to1 with several children with a particular focus on Downs Syndrome. I was a teacher for Colchester Phoenix for a couple of years before stepping up to take the key positions I currently hold in the club last year.
Although I don’t have any children with disabilities I do have a blind dog. Her name is Kizzy and her swimming achievements include leaping from a rowing boat in Dedham to have a race with a duck and swimming the entire width of a paddling pool! She has now retired from swimming but does support Phoenix by snuggling up to me when I’m typing away on my laptop.
I would like to introduce you to the TEAM both front of house and behind the scenes that support me and all our swimmers on our journey of happy successful disability swimming.
Behind every good club there is a great team…
Our Captains: Sam and Amelia
Our 5 to 6pm teachers. From left to right: Nikki and Steph Ashdown, Judith Strain, Hazel Blackwell, Amelia Edgar, Chloe Blackwell
Our coaches. From left to right: Steph Young, Philippa Davenhall, Donna Cowan
Executive Committee and Trustees:
Chair of the club's committee
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Secretary of the club's committee
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Assistant Secretary of the club's committee
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Membership Secretary of the club's committee
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Treasurer of the club
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Welfare & Safeguarding Officer of the club
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Swim21 Coordinator of the club
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Fund Raiser for the club
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Member of the club