2017/18 Club Captain Speeches

We love hearing the speeches of our club captain applicants each year.  Its great to hear not only what they value from the sport of swimming, but also what they hold dear about our club.  It is the growth and development of our young people in and out of the water after all that we are so keen to encourage at Grace Swimming.

This year, we had so much positive feedback from everyone about the speeches from our two club captain applicants, that we have decided to share them with all here.   


Phillipa O'Brien

Hi, my name is Philippa O’Brien, and I would like to be Grace’s club captain for the 2017/2018 season. I have been swimming at Grace now for the past 4 years. In this time I have represented the club at multiple state championships, 2 open water nationals and one-age nationals and have qualified for Age Nationals this year also. I have always aspired to be a club captain ever since I moved to Grace and as I have aspired to lead the club in the way previous club captains have. I feel that I would make a good club captain, as I am a very approachable person, I am always willing to help, I always strive to give 100 % in both training and competition and be an example to younger swimmers at the club. I am very dependable and organised. I help out at club nights with the younger swimmers and whenever I am at a development meet I always try to help and mentor the younger swimmers. I enjoy helping out no matter what the task and am always willing to do so. I always put my best foot forward into everything that I do in both my swimming and personal life.  I believe that I can uphold the traditions of Grace Swimming Club and the examples of previous club captains that have gone before.


Nick Lendi

Good evening fellow swimmers, coaches and parents here tonight,

Firstly, I’d like to welcome you all to the last club night of the season.

For the majority of you that don’t know me, my name’s Nick Lendi and I’m obviously running to become one of Grace swimming Club Captains for 2017.

Over my life, I’ve held many different leadership roles, This ranges from sport teams and even to primary school captain where I had to give numerous speeches to the whole primary, I had to do role plays and games where I got humiliated but I enjoyed it greatly. Although they may not seem like it, they’ve been some of the hardest tasks I’ve had, yet, but I’ve found ways to overcome them and be successful.

Being a leader isn’t just about being an outspoken character that gets noticed, it’s about all the other little qualities. like hard working, dedicated, persistent and enthusiastic, these are all extremely important in becoming a good leader. I believe I have all the qualities, plus more.

I am a trustworthy and honest person who is well respected amongst all my fellow swimmers. It’s these three qualities that are valued the most – all good leaders possess them. I am confident and will often set my mind on a goal – and commit myself to achieving it.

As Gandhi once said: “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

Having the opportunity to become one of the two Grace swimming club captains means a lot to me. Ever since I've heard about this role I've wanted to be part of it but the speech held me back but this one thing kept coming back to me, if it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you, that was in my math classroom, then also the other day in H.P.E class our coach gave us an example of when you feel tired and your hurting, it's weakness leaving your body and through that it changes you. So now Today, I stand before you today, growing, this being one of the most scary things I have done.

The role of Club Captain is immensely important, not only for the club but for the wider community of Grace. If elected Club Captain, I will proudly represent the club in everything I do. When Wearing the logo on my shirt will give me an immense amount of pride and satisfaction.

As Club Captain, I will strive to guide every single one of you in this place tonight, continuing to set a good example to you all.

My ability doesn’t just involve the individual, but the community as a whole. I wish to get amongst the faculty, parents and guests to build a strong foundation of leadership and swimmers voice in 2017, and for the future.

2017 will be an important year for us at Grace swimming club, Further consolidating our individuality. As a club captain, I will ensure the club continues to build our profile, as a club.

If elected Club Captain, I will endeavour to do the club proud, in anything and everything I do.

Thank you all for listening, I hope you all have an amazing Wednesday night.