Marc Spackman

Marc Spackman

Head Performance Coach

ms@theroyal.school

+ Place of Birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
+ Home Town: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
+ Nationality: British

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Graphic Design
UKCC Level 3 Performance Coach
ASA Level 3 Club Coach
ASA Level 2 Teacher
ASA Level 1 Teacher

Marc is a former England and Great Britain Olympic swimmer who had a successful international career spanning 10 years; formerly ranked in the World top 20 in the 200 metres Freestyle. As a professional swimmer, Marc won two major games medals as part of the Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay in the World Championships (Hong Kong & Athens) in British and European Records, and as a 17 year old qualifying for the World Long Course Championship relay team that won Bronze in the final. Narc qualified for the Olympic Games in July 2000. The 4×200 Freestyle Relay team qualified for the Olympic final and placed 5th in a new British Record and 5th fastest all time; missing out on a medal by 0.2 hundredths of a second.

During university Marc began coaching at Lincoln Vulcans swimming club, initially as Assistant Coach and then as Head Coach in 2006. Marc coached Elizabeth Simmonds to win Quadruple Gold in the 2007 European Junior Championships (breaking European Junior records). World Championship Silver in a new European Record time and Olympic Qualification (Beijing 2008) in a new British record on the 100 & 200 Backstroke; also coaching Paralympic Champion and World Record holder Robert Welbourn and European Junior Silver Medallist Sophie Allen.

Whilst at the Royal School Marc has coached swimmers to National and International Medals. Notably Alice Dearing qualifying for the World Championships and Tom Derbyshire winning the European Junior Championships in 2016/17. In 2018 Marc has been selected for Great Britain team competitions in Indianapolis (USA) and Chartres (France). Marc is very much looking forward to the coming seasons where he can pass on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation of exceptional talent at the Royal School Swim Team.

Club History

The Royal School SC- (2014-Present)
Maxwell Swim Club- (2012-2014)
The Borough of Harrow SC- (2009-2012)
Lincoln Vulcans- (2006-2009)

Honours

Coaching

BSCTA Youth Coach of the year
The Terry Dennison Award for Coaching Excellence
Lincolnshire Performance Coach of the Year
Swim England Coach 2024 graduate

Swimming

World Championships
Fukuoka 2001 Japan
4th 4×200 Freestyle Relay (time 7:15.60) LC

Olympic Games
Sydney 2000 Australia
5th 4×200 Freestyle Relay (time BR 7:12.98) LC

World Championships
Athens 2000 Greece
Silver medal 4×200 Freestyle Relay (time ER/BR 7:03.06) SC

World Championships
Hong Kong 1999 China
Silver medal 4×200 Freestyle Relay (time 7:07.20) SC

World Championships
Perth 1998 Australia
Bronze medal 4×200 Freestyle Relay reserve (7:17.33) LC

European Junior Championships
Glasgow 1997 Scotland
Gold medal 4×100 Freestyle Relay (time BJR/EJR 3:24.83) LC
7th 200 Freestyle 1:52.80 LC