Sutton Swim Club mainstay Lee Bunker retires

“I have enjoyed my time as head coach and thank all the swimmers and parents, past and present, for their support and for their efforts to help make the club the best it can be,” he said. declared.

“I would like everyone to show the same support for the new coaching staff.

“I appreciated all the gifts I received and while I will miss everyone, I also look forward to having more free time to spend with my wife and family.”

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Lee receives a signed and framed club tee from club president Paul Jones.

His background with the Sutton Swimming Club dates back to when he was a young child and joined as a competitive swimmer.

Lee regularly represented the club in various competitions until he left school and started working when he decided to give up the sport.

However, when Lee became a father and had two daughters with his wife Kay, there was only ever going to be one swim club he took his daughters to.

Sophie (now 22) and Ellie (18) would both become mainstays of the club’s competitive squads, both frequently representing the club from the age of eight or nine and both still representing the club at relay events in the Nottinghamshire County Championships 2022. .

It was around 2012 that Lee made the decision to become more than a swimming parent and start volunteering to help run the club.

He helped time the club’s sessions, then qualified as a Level 1 judge, then Level 2 judge, in addition to joining the committee and becoming a kit manager and welfare manager.

In 2012, head coach Gren Greaves asked Lee to help teach and coach young swimmers and he steadily increased his time by the pool watching Gren Greaves and learning all he could from him.

In 2014, Lee returned to the head coaching position on a permanent basis, eventually earning Level 2 coaching accreditation.

It is no coincidence that since Lee’s debut, the club has enjoyed unprecedented success in so many team and individual competitions.

The titles multiplied and quickly, with the strength of the competitive swim team at Sutton becoming the strongest it had been since its inception in 1927.

In 2015, after two promotions, they were Notts Sports Center League Division 1 champions and retained it for another four years.

It was 2018 that probably marks one of Lee’s greatest achievements when Sutton qualified for the West Midlands Arena League Premier Division final and finished fifth in that final to finish fifth overall in the league.

Sutton SC has won a variety of Notts ASA league competitions and Top Club awards at several Open Meet competitions.

Lee has also coached a record number of individual swimmers to achieve qualifying times to compete in County, Regional, National and UK Championships.