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SWIMMING: Deepings set for a new era

New Deepings Swimming Club chairman Steve Tappern
New Deepings Swimming Club chairman Steve Tappern

Deepings will start the season with a new kit and a new

Long-serving Martyn Reynolds retired from the committee and was replaced as chairman by Steve Tappern who steps up from vice-chairman.

It’s the end of an era at Deepings as Reynolds has been an integral part of the club since 1990 when his daughter and son started swimming lessons.

From helping out on poolside during galas, he became club coach for the junior squads and was appointed chairman 13 years ago.

During that time, Reynolds has overseen one of the most successful periods in the club’s history with multiple swimmers winning honours at national championships and representing Great Britain on the international stage.

One of his proudest moments was being elected president of Lincolnshire ASA in 2016.

Outgoing chairman Martyn Reynolds during a lighter moment on poolside
Outgoing chairman Martyn Reynolds during a lighter moment on poolside

While no longer on the committee, Reynolds has been voted in by members as the club’s new president and will continue to run the masters and junior masters sessions.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the numerous people who have both mentored and helped me over my years at the club and I am looking forward to my time as club president,” he said.

Tappern has already made his mark on the club after overseeing the introduction of a new kit for swimmers and coaches earlier this year.

The swimmers’ t-shirts take the club’s traditional red and add a modern twist with black indents (colours reversed for the coaches’ tops) while the caps are now charcoal grey, embossed with the red logo.

He described becoming chairman as “an immense
honour” and thanked Reynolds for his contribution to the club over many years.

“Filling Martyn’s boots will be a challenge,” he said.

“He has dedicated so much time and effort to ensuring Deepings Swimming Club is successful. On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Martyn for his time as chairman.

“I intend to work with the committee and head coach to ensure the club is able to produce top quality swimmers
in a fun but challenging environment. I also want to raise the profile of the club and of swimming in the local area.”

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