Coaching TeamAll coaching staff are qualified ASA swimming coaches/teachers, and are fully police checked in relation to working with children. In order to maintain the best training environment for each child, the coaching staff are all committed to using their knowledge of swimming in a positive and enthusiastic fashion, and by adhering to the ATSC Code of Conduct.
Biography to follow shortly.
Early Squad Coach
I have been involved with ATSC since 2009 when my two children started swimming with the club. Initially I was a parent in the viewing gallery but offered to help poolside after a couple of months (it’s not scary!). Helping poolside is a great way to understand the dynamics of swimming which I found helpful with the progression of my own children through the club. I have been the Early Squad Coach since 2012 and hold ASA Level 2 Teaching qualification as well as Team Manager Level 1. It’s great to see swimmers progress through the squad, not just in their swimming but also to see them develop confidence in their own abilities and self-discipline to aim to achieve their goals. Outside of the club I enjoy mountain bike riding (if not too cold… or wet…) and gardening.
Coach / Chairman
I swam with ATSC from 1978-1988, and as a senior swimmer took my Preliminary Teachers course as it was then, and taught for the club. Wind forward a “few” years and having had many years as a technical scuba diver, avid sportsman and now triathlete, I found myself moved back to Ashford with a young family starting. When my daughter was inspired to become a swimmer, after watching Rebecca Adlington win her gold medals in Beijing, it only seemed right that I get involved teaching swimming again. As an Osteopath I have a keen interest in the wellbeing of the swimmers so ended up on the committee as the Welfare Officer, then became Vice Chair, now Chair since August 2015. I’ve taught/coached through the clubs with both my children, and it is due to work commitments and the workload as Chair that I’ve had to reduce the hours I spend poolside. Ultimately coaching is what I really love, be it land training or swim coaching. Watching swimmers progress and achieve their goals is a fantastic feeling, and is what inspires me to try and always be a better more knowledgeable coach.
Coach, Performance Squad
I am an ex-competitive swimmer and still occasionally race for ATSC and Kent in Masters competitions. I am the lead coach for the Performance (County) Squad swimmers who train on a Monday evening and Thursday morning. I swam competitively for ATSC from the age of 8 to 19 years during which time I was a winner at Kent County Championships, a Regional finalist on numerous occasions and competed at the British National Championships every year bar one from 2001 to 2008 making two finals.
Biography to follow shortly.
Coach / Team Manager
I swam with ATSC from 1984 to 1989. I began to be involved with the club again when my eldest daughter, Jess, joined four years ago; she is now in Late Squad. My youngest daughter, Olivia, is now in Early Squad after going through the club’s Learn to Swim programme. I am Team Manager Level 2 qualified and have been the club’s Team Manager since 2015. I continue to help poolside with teaching the LTS stages and also coach in Early Squad. I still swim with the Masters section of the club and compete in both open water swimming and triathlons. I’ve also swum in some National Arena League competitions!
Coach / Vice Chair
I have been involved with ATSC since the end of 2015 when my two children joined; Hannah and Thomas are both in Early Squad. I began as a parent in the viewing gallery but offered to help poolside with teaching the LTS stages, and as Hannah progressed through I also began coaching in Early Squad. I currently hold ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics and Level 1 Coaching qualifications, as well as Team Manager Level 2. I am a keen Masters swimmer and compete regularly at all levels of competition with the club and Spencer Swim Team, who are a London based ‘Masters Only’ club. In the last few years I’ve held British Masters Records in both the 160+ and 200+ Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relays. Although I shouldn’t have a favourite stroke, mine is Breaststroke!
I work in a mainstream school supporting a child with special needs. I have been involved with ATSC for about 12 years, initially as ‘just’ a parent but now I coach Late Squad four evenings a week. I teach LTS Stages 1 and 2 (with my daughter, Alex) on a Tuesday evening, and I am often poolside at our galas. I have three children at the club who are all in Late Squad: Alex, Joe and Harry.