Martin has seen all but thirteen years of living, being involved with Water Polo here in Sheffield.
From days when the Sheffield Dolphins men’s club operated out of the pools of King Edwards school and Glossop road, he has been player, player captain, coach, treasurer, chairman, fund raiser, marketing man, equipment officer, negotiator, indeed anything and everything that involved keeping the sport alive and progressing through the many changes and upheavals that have been Water Polo.
He has also gained representative honours at county, regional, civil service level competition and “trialed” for international selection in his industrious time with our Sheffield club.
Never suffering fools gladly, although he made an exception for yours truly, his steely determination and resolve over the years has produced and is still producing, some highly motivated prodigious talent. This included his four children: Amy, Tom, Elliot and Oscar who have all made tremendous contributions to what seems like the family passion.
It has to be said that none of these achievements would have been at all possible without the “rock” of support that is wife, life partner, best friend, chief cook and bottle washer…she who must be obeyed…Jill, becoming involved herself in times gone by, as a sometime social sec’ and organising several successful Christmas “bashes”.
A committed driving force of a coach and mentor, Martin commands loyalty with the demands of structure and resolve from players. It has been the underpinning current of his desire to seek and obtain the best from his squad members.
Personally, the man has been a great friend and much respected work colleague, as our endeavors with the day job paid the bills.
On behalf of the club and mesen…such a deserving life member…cheers, ya ageing git!