On the 26th of March 2022, at the age of 51, we tragically lost Lee Mark Mallinson. Beloved son of Pam, much loved family member, dear friend to many, and admired swimming coach.
Before starting his coaching journey, Lee swam as part of Ledbury and Malvern Swimming Club. He served as the head coach of the Tewkesbury Swimming Club from 1998 until 2006, and from 2001 until 2003, he worked out of Loughborough University as a member of British Swimming’s National Team staff. After his time as a Head Coach at Tewkesbury, Lee took a break from swim coaching and joined Virgin Atlantic as a flight steward, where he made many lifelong friends along the way. In 2016, Lee came back to the world of swimming and joined Reading Swimming Club as an assistant for seven months, before becoming Head Coach.
Lee made mental health a priority and always found time to speak with every individual to support their mental wellbeing. Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns, he organised 1:1 meetings to keep in touch with all of his swimmers and help them through the difficult times. It was very easy to be absorbed into a conversation about mental health with Lee for hours on end! His selflessness and care will never be forgotten.
Lee encouraged everyone he knew to carry a growth mindset throughout all aspects of life and often spoke about how failure is part of the process to success. It would be an impossible task to count the number of people that have been influenced by his motivational words. It is without a doubt that he will be remembered as an inspiration to many.
In addition to caring for mental wellbeing, Lee would be extremely meticulous with all of his swimmer’s physical health. He regularly advocated for his swimmers to go to a CRY screening in order to help diagnose any unnoticed cardiac conditions. It felt truly fitting for CRY to be chosen as the charity for proceeds from Lee’s funeral and any additional fundraising.
Lee will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We will never forget his inspiring, yet quirky, quotes and sayings, and we will always treasure the memorable moments we shared with him. Rest in peace Mally.
This memorial fund has been set up by the family to help CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) raise awareness of young sudden cardiac death, support those affected, support CRY’s screening programme and fund research and pathology.
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Lee had a huge impact on Adam within a short space of time. He knew how to connect and his support and guidance meant the world. We will… Read more
Lee had a huge impact on Adam within a short space of time. He knew how to connect and his support and guidance meant the world. We will always be grateful to Lee and RSC. Our thoughts are with Lee's mum and loved ones.
An inspiration to many! May you rest in peace x
Words don't seem enough. To Lee, his mum and his family, thank you from the depth of our hearts. Lee has left a lasting and very special… Read more
Words don't seem enough. To Lee, his mum and his family, thank you from the depth of our hearts. Lee has left a lasting and very special place in our hearts. He is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed. I know when Leo swims, he will always swim for you. Thank you.
There is so much I have to thank you for. You truly have changed my life for the better and I do not know where I would be without… Read more
There is so much I have to thank you for. You truly have changed my life for the better and I do not know where I would be without you. I really hope that I can make you proud with everything that I do; I know you will be watching and guiding me through all of my difficult times. Thank you for spending countless hours caring for my mental health and simply just talking to me. Your selflessness and care will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
You have inspired both Jay and Toby so much and they will never forget you. They will both be proud to wear these hats and they will always… Read more
You have inspired both Jay and Toby so much and they will never forget you. They will both be proud to wear these hats and they will always be very special.
Rest in peace Lee.