Marc Spackman

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Marc Spackman
Personal information
Full name Marc Nicholas Spackman
Nationality British United Kingdom
Born 7 February 1979
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Sport Swimming
Club Lincoln Pentaqua 1984–97
College team University of Bath 1997-2004
  • Royal Wolverhampton School SC (2014–present)
  • Maxwell Swim Club (2012–14)
  • Harrow SC (2009–12)
  • Lincoln Vulcans (2006–09)
Notable Swimming Results
World Championships Fukuoka 2001 Japan

4th 4x200 Freestyle Relay (time 7:15.60) LC

Olympic Games Sydney 2000 Australia

5th 4x200 Freestyle Relay (time BR 7:12.98) LC

World Championships Athens 2000 Greece

Silver medal icon.svg 4x200 Freestyle Relay (time ER/BR 7:03.06) SC

World Championships Hong Kong 1999 China

Silver medal icon.svg 4x200 Freestyle Relay (time 7:07.20) SC

World Championships Perth 1998 Australia

Bronze medal icon.svg 4x200 Freestyle Relay reserve (7:17.33) LC

European Junior Championships Glasgow 1997 Scotland

Gold medal icon.svg 4x100 Freestyle Relay (time BJR/EJR 3:24.83) LC
7th 200 Freestyle 1:52.80 LC

National Championships 1995 Leeds LC England

Gold medal icon.svg 200 Individual Medley 2:11.86
Bronze medal icon.svg 200 Freestyle 1:59.02
5th 100 Freestyle 54.56

National Championships 1994 Coventry LC England

Gold medal icon.svg 200 Individual Medley 2:14.23
Bronze medal icon.svg 200 Freestyle 2:00.79
Bronze medal icon.svg 100 Breastroke 1:09.15

National Championships 1993 Leeds LC England

Gold medal icon.svg 200 Individual Medley 2:19.36

Marc Spackman (born 7 February 1979 in Lincoln, England)[1] is a former England and Great Britain Olympic swimmer[2] who had a successful International career spanning 10 years. Formerly ranked in the World top 20 in the 200 metres Freestyle, he is a current professional Swimming Coach for The Royal Wolverhampton School Swimming Club.[3]

As a professional athlete, Spackman won two major games medals as part of the Men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay in the World Championships (Hong Kong 1999 & Athens 2000 - British & European Record) and as a 17-year-old qualifying for the 4x200 World Long Course Championship relay team that won Bronze in the final. Spackman qualified for and competed in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games qualifying from the British Championships (Olympic Trials) in July 2000 for the Great Britain Olympic Team.[4] Spackman competed alongside strong competitors and Olympians Paul Palmer and James Salter (both Olympic finalists in their own right). The team qualified for the Olympic final from the heats in 7:16.98 and placing fifth in 7:12.54 (a new British Record and fifth fastest all time) missing out on a medal by 0.2 hundredths of a second.

Spackman competed for the City of Lincoln Pentaqua from 1983 to 1997[5] and the University of Bath 1997-2003[6] both under Great Britain Olympic team Head Coach, Ian Turner. After ending his swimming career in 2003, he studied Art and Design foundation degree at the City of Bath College and advanced to Nottingham Trent University to study Graphic Design graduating in 2006 with honours.[7] During University Spackman began coaching at the Lincoln Vulcans swimming club, initially as Assistant Coach and then as Head Coach in 2006.[8]

During this period Spackman's results were outstanding,[9] coaching and developing Elizabeth Simmonds[10] 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 200 and 100 metres backstroke. Also working with Paralympic Champion and World Record holder Robert Welbourn[11] and European Junior Silver Medallist Sophie Allen.[12] In 2009, he moved on to the Borough of Harrow SC[13] (formerly Harrow and Wealdstone Swimming Club) and more recently became the Elite Coach at the Royal School.[14]

Notable protégés[edit]

  • Elizabeth Simmonds - Olympic Finalist, European & British Record holder[15]
  • Sophie Allen - Olympian, European Junior Silver medallist & British Junior Record holder[12][15]
  • Robert Welbourn - Paralympic Gold medallist, World, European & British Record holder[11][12]

Coaching awards[edit]

  • BSCTA Youth Coach of the Year Award 2007
  • The Terry Dennison Award for Coaching Excellence 2007
  • Lincolnshire Performance Coach of the Year Award 2008
  • Lincolnshire Performance Coach of the Year Award 2009

National team representation[edit]

  • GB World Cup Tour November 2008 (Stockholm/Berlin)
  • Beijing Olympics August 2008 (BOA 2012)
  • European Junior Championships July 2008 (Belgrade)
  • World Championships April 2008 (Manchester)
  • European Junior Championships July 2007 (Antwerp)
  • World Championships March 2007 (Melbourne)
  • European Senior Championships August 2006 (Budapest)
  • European Junior Championships July 2006 (Majorca)


  1. ^ Lincoln (1 January 1970). "lincoln - Google Maps". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ "Marc Spackman Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". 7 February 1979. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
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  4. ^ "Team GB - Official home of the British Olympic Association - London 2012 | Team GB". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ "past achievements". Pentaqua. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Medienverzeichnis". Somerset ASA. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Marc Spackman". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  8. ^ "Homepage of Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Testimonials". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  10. ^ "Lizzie Simmonds | British Swimming". 22 January 1991. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ a b "Robert Welbourn profile page | British Swimming". 11 June 1987. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ a b c "Amateur Swimming Association : Sophie Allen". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Welcome | The Borough of Harrow Swimming Club". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  14. ^ "Royal Wolverhampton School Swimming Club". 
  15. ^ a b "Allen out to make up for lost time at second world trials". More than the games. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

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