The Etobicoke Swim Club in Etobicoke, Canada, has announced that Marc Spackman will be taking over as their new head coach. Spackman will come into the position a few months after former head coach Rob Novak announced that he would be joining the High Performance Centre – Ontario staff.
In the interim, Brett D’Souza and Nail Kaddache have been serving as co-head coaches for ESwim. Novak held the position of head coach for a bit over two years, having returned to the club as head coach in July 2020. Novak had previously served as the head age group coach for ESwim from 2008 – 2012.
Spackman is a newcomer to the club and has spent nearly all of the past decade working as the head coach of the Royal School Wolverhampton, a bit north of London, England. Spackman has coached many former and current British national team swimmers including Matt Richards who recently qualified for the 2023 World Championships by winning the men’s 200 freestyle at the British Championships.
He has also coached Paralympic gold medalist Robert Welbourn, Olympian Sophie Allen, Olympian Alice Dearing, and Olympian Elizabeth Simmonds. Additionally, Spackman was a member of the New York Breakers coaching staff during the two most recent International Swimming League Seasons, in 2020 and 2021.
Spackman had great success in his own swimming career before beginning as a coach. He represented Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, contributing to his nation’s 5th-place finish in the men’s 4×200 freestyle. Spackman also won a silver medal in that relay at the 1999 and 2000 short course World Championships and a bronze at the 1998 long course World Championships.
ESwim is one of Canada’s top club teams and has been in existence for more than 70 years. The team recently put five swimmers onto Canada’s World Junior Championships squad: Kevin Zhang, Ella Jansen, Elan Daley, Delia Lloyd, and Victoria Raymond. It is also the home club of the newest World Record breaker, Summer McIntosh, though she now trains in Florida.
Spackman said the following of his appointment as head coach:
“I believe that there are no limits, and that with the right mindset, your capacity to improve is infinite. I’m looking forward to meeting ESWIM’s exceptional athletes and working together to achieve their goals.”