I have been involved with the club since my children joined in 2009 and have been a coach for most of this time. I have coached all squads, but for the past several years I have concentrated on the senior A squad.
I am very proud to coach swimmers to county, regional and national level and to have also coached for Derbyshire ASA on the development programmes. I believe our role is to help all the swimmers to fulfil their potential.
My journey with Eckington Swimming Club began as a 10-year-old swimmer, rising through the ranks of county, regional and national events, representing the club as a British finalist in backstroke. I also became a national biathlon champion and ranked number two in triathlon wearing ESC club colours.
My coaching journey at ESC has been great, coaching swimmers across all levels, focusing primarily on the personal development of individuals to support them in reaching their full potential. It has been great to give back to a club that means so much to me and to help youngsters form great memories of an awesome sport.
I began coaching in 1993 and I was the head coach of Rykneld Swimming Club between 2016 and 2021. Having now retired from my day job, I decided that rather than retire completely I would re-join ESC in a volunteer capacity and enjoy the flexibility of both coaching and retirement.
I have coached at county district and national levels, including taking ESC and Rykneld swimmers to the British Swimming Championships, which are the qualifiers for world championships and the Olympics, alongside a wide range of other events.
I first joined Eckington Swimming Club as a swimmer aged 7 and competed until I was 18. I began teaching and coaching at the age of 16.
Over the last 15 years I have coached all squads and taught all learner groups, but for most of that time I have mainly been responsible for the development squads, and I am now the main D squad coach.
I have been coaching at Eckington for five years. I swam for the club competitively since the age of nine, having received multiple club records and reached regional standard.
I have grown up with the club and love coaching now I no longer compete. My favourite event was the 200m butterfly! Currently, I am in my final year of university studying PE in Leeds and I am moving onto a masters course to become a primary school teacher.
I started swimming with Eckington at the age of seven. I progressed through the squads swimming at county and national levels. As a master, I swam for Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. I am currently the Derbyshire police swimming team captain.
When I decided to start coaching, there was no doubt in my mind where this had to be – where it all started for me and where I enjoyed my swimming the most – Eckington Swimming Club!
I am an experienced, fully qualified ASA Level 2 Teacher. I have successfully managed Chesterfield Swimming Club’s learn to swim programme whilst continuing to teach and coach swimmers across a wide range of age and ability.
My background enables me to promote water safety whist developing a swimmer’s confidence and skills. I strongly believe that each swimmer is an individual, with unique requirements from the outset of their swimming journey through to wherever it takes them.
Land Training Coach
I have always been involved in sport playing football, basketball, cricket and Rugby League.
I was fortunate to sign schoolboy forms with Huddersfield Town Football Club, but at 16 years of age decided to pursue an academic career and I gained a degree in business studies.
My passion for sport also resulted in me passing a foundation course in sport science and nutrition with Aston Villa FC. I maintain a healthy lifestyle and despite a very busy career, I attend the gym five days a week.
As land coach my aim is to ensure our swimmers fulfil their potential by taking part in energetic, educational and fun sessions.