Spencer - History
Spencer Swim Team is one of the largest and most successful masters swimming clubs in Britain. We are based at Putney Leisure Centre, in South-West London, but also train at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace and at the excellent facilities of Dulwich College, West Dulwich.
We are primarily a masters club (over 25's), with a broad range of ages, and are affiliated to the Southern Counties Amateur Swimming Association.
Founded in 1977 by international swimmer John Gordon, the club has become one of the premier clubs in the country with many successes in inter-club, County, National, European and World Championships. While the standard of swimming can be very high (members include former internationals and Olympians) there is a broad range of abilities.
In the autumn of 2008 Spencer Swim Team appointed club founder and experienced coach John Gordon as our Director of Coaching. In his role as director of coaching John devises long term training programmes to prepare swimmers for the targeted events through the amateur swimming calendar.
Our other coaches are:
- Dave Mace, a keen open water swimmer, a former channel swimmer, and an enthusiastic and dedicated coach takes the 2 hour sessions at Dulwich College on Saturday afternoons.
- Irving Dixon (a former county swimmer) now coaches Putney sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays.