Chesterfield Swimming Club is the first club I have been head coach at. After starting in October 2011 we have enjoyed great success and a rise to new levels of accomplishment and I strongly believe there is a lot more to come from this club.
I started off as a swimmer myself at Swindon Dolphin ASC qualifying for GB National Championships for six consecutive years from the age of 13. I always had a great passion for the sport and was coached by Andi Manley who began to mentor me as I headed down the path of becoming a professional coach.
In 2007 I started at Loughborough University where I studied for a degree in Applied Sports Science. Whilst studying I spent my spare time at the pool assisting with Loughborough ITC and GB coaches Ian Armiger and Ben Titley, coaching multiple GB swimmers, Olympic qualifiers and world record holders. In vacations I spent time at my old club Swindon Dolphin ASC which culminated in a successful spell as interim Head Coach at the age of 20 where I took nine Age Group, Youth and Senior swimmers to the National Championships.
After graduating I spent time working once again with friend and mentor Andi Manley before securing the Head Coach role at Chesterfield Swimming Club. Since then we have re-introduced the performance pathway in the North-East of the county and I am currently the Chesterfield-Hub coach for Derventio eXcel. In September 2012 I was selected as a coach for the England Talent Level 1 programme and in January 2013 I gained my Level 3 Certificate for Coaching Swimming at Performance standard.
From the experience I have gained being around a number of great swimming programmes I have developed my own philosophies as a coach. I believe strongly in a technique first approach with a strong emphasis on being able to swim FAST while maintaining that technique. I also believe that it is important to coach the person and not just the swimmer. Swimming is tremendously demanding and in order for the athlete to reach their potential they must hold the personality attributes required to do so. Our team very much exhibits those traits and for all the hard work we put in the rewards are worth it.
Chesterfield Swimming Club is going from strength to strength with achievements such as gaining promotion to Arena League Premier Division (East Midlands) at the first time of asking in December 2012. I have a great team of coaches and volunteer helpers surrounding me which make this continued success possible and as we continue to put in the hard work we continue to rise.