Director of Swimming
Age Group Performance 1 Lead Coach
Guy began his coaching career as a
development coach at Enderby Swimming Club in 2006. A successful
swimmer himself, holding multiple county and regional records and
racing in numerous National Age Group, Youth and Senior finals, Guy
brought a lot of knowledge to the table. He quickly moved up to be
their Director of Swimming and then successfully spearheaded the
merger of Enderby SC with Lutterworth SC in August 2011. Since the
merger in 2011, Guy has directed and guided the club team, which
started with 22 hours of pool time, and just over 200
athletes, to a fully formed 300+ member performing Programme.
This Programme can now offer it's athletes 46 hours of pool
time and the opportunity to develop from the first strokes out of
learn to swim, all the way through to International
Since Leicester Shark's inception,
Guy has coached athletes from their first competitions, through
county championships and onto Regional and National finals. In
2016, he developed his young athletes to a point where he coached a
swimmer to two National medals and a place on the second phase of
the National Pathway Programme. He has consistently coached
Regional Champions every year since 2014, as well as multiple
Regional medalists and finalists since this time.
Under his charge, The Junior
League team at Leicester Sharks CSC have made the regional final
since the programmes inception, qualifying for the National
semi finals for 4 consecutive seasons, and racing the
other top 8 teams in the country in the National Final in 2017
& 2018. This team has gone from strength to strength under his
guidance and really shows the attention to detail our young
athletes are handed when they first join the Performance Pathway.
There has been a similar improvement as those athletes have
filtered through into our Senior Arena League team, with the team
qualifying for the area final for the last three years,
narrowly missing out on qualification for the National Final in
2017 & 2019, as they finished in 3rd place.
Guy has always been ambitious and
his dedication and determination to push this club forward
continues to have a positive impact on our members and ensure we
have a lot to look forward to at Leicester Sharks CSC in the
Training Performance Lead Coach
Mark has been coaching for 14
years, starting as a volunteer at his local club Glossop, Mark was
determined to give back to the club which had started him on his
journey, and has been involved in coaching ever since. He has
coached at all levels of swimming from Learn to Swim (Adults and
Children), through development stages and on to National level Age
Group, Youth and Senior athletes.
As a swimmer, Mark was extremely
successful, representing Great Britain at Junior and Senior level
as well as winning domestic National events over a number of years.
He successfully managed this alongside his academic studies,
attaining a B.SC in Mathematics from The University of Manchester
in the same year as he won the National Senior
After completing his swimming
career, Mark was appointed as Performance Coach at City of
Manchester Aquatics Swim Team. He enjoyed a successful start
to his coaching career, leading athletes to Regional and National
medals in the Pool and Open Water. He also successfully coached an
athlete to an International medal at the IPC European Championships
in 2014, as well as numerous IPC World, European and British
Mark was also named Head Coach
to the University of Manchester Swim Team and led them to
some of their most successful results at the BUCS Championships,
winning the Athletic Union Club of the Year twice in three years,
as well as winning the AU Coach of the Year award in his final
season with the club.
Mark has been coaching with
Leicester Sharks since September 2017 and has really added an extra
dimension to the Leicester Sharks Coaching team. Since 2017, he has
coached multiple athletes to Regional and National finals and
medals. The club's Arena League and Junior league teams have
progressed year on year and our team has gone from strength to
strength. In 2019, under coach Mark's guidance, Leicester Sharks'
athlete Michaella Glenister qualified for the European and World
Junior Championships in multiple events, winning a Bronze medal in
the 400m Individual Medley at the World Junior Championships after
dropping 10 seconds from her entry time.
"I am really excited about where
this club can go in the future and I am really looking forward to
seeing the development of all aspects of this team as we work to
progress even further." - Mark McKenna, 2020
Competitive Lead Coach
Learn to Swim Lead Coach
Head of Competitive
Darwin started his journey as a
swimming coach just over 10 years ago....by accident!
It was all down to one man
who was teaching his son to swim competitively whilst at
Enderby Swimming Club. Hugh Darlington was a senior Coach for ESC
who was on a recruitment drive one Sunday evening whilst James,
Darwin's son, was training.
Darwin sat there playing games on
his PSP (those old enough will know) and relaxing when Hugh
popped up and started talking to him...to cut a long story short,
he asked Darwin if he would like to start volunteering for the
club...as a coach...Darwin's immediate reaction was to laugh!
" I'm not a competitive swimmer" Darwin said...his words
remain with Darwin to this day..."I don't want you for that, I
want you for you" Hugh said.
Darwin agreed, and the following
week he ended up poolside for the first time shadowing one of the
coaches, his name was Guy Worrow, whoever that was? Anyway, Darwin
introdued himself and told him he knew nothing about swimming
and BOOM a fantastic coaching partnership and friendship
Darwin watched, listened,
researched and was mentored by Guy, just as he is today...every day
is a school day. Enderby Swimming Club went from strength to
strength and with coherent leadership, positioned itself as one of
the most successful clubs within the region. He was an active
committee member, brand manager, volunteer coach and not forgetting
being the parent of a successful county/regional swimmer.
He's also proud to say that he was part of the steering
committee who brought Enderby and Lutterworth Swimming clubs
together to form Leicester Sharks. The vision was always to create
an alternative elite swimming club with more strength and depth
than those close to us....a job well and truly done.
Darwin was appointed brand manager
again where he developed a strong, clear logo and brand to back up
our intentions in the pool, he still get's goose bumps when he
is present at gala's, open meets or club championships when
they are all Shark'd up!
Darwin has worked his way through
and up various junior and senior squads over the years, Darwin
thinks the biggest turning point was the taking over of one of
Leicester Sharks senior squads. His own remit was really
simple, to bring order and quality coaching to a squad that needed
leadership and direction.
Fast forward a few seasons, Darwin
is now a level 2 coach, selected as a County Skills Coach and
was recently awarded runner up as Coach of the Year. He heads
up 3 squads that train side by side in one form or another, each
adhering their own goals and values, whilst maintaining that all
important team spirit. They surprise him every session, their
progression and needs push him to take them that step further
all the time...it's self perpetuating. Safe to say, these guys are
now his world and they strive together.
The journey continues....oh,
there's a small thing to say about our, successful Learn to Swim
programme but that's got it's own section on the website, go check
Age Group Lead Coach
Age Group Performance 2 Lead
Harry started coaching in 2017 at
Leicester Penguins. While at Leicester Penguins Harry coached all
level of swimmers from first timers to masters swimmers, he saw
increased success at county level and regional level, participants
at these competitions more than doubled while he was head coach of
Harry has been a skills coach on
the county performance pathway and regional performance pathway.
Harry is currently undertaking his level 3 coaching
Harry started his swimming journey
at Melton Mowbray swimming club where he is still proud to hold the
clubs 1500 record 13 years on, Harry then moved to Leicester
Penguins seeing success winning multiple county titles, regional
titles, qualifying for multiple national events, selected to swim
in South Korea in 2012, breaking multiple club records and broke
the long standing 1500 county record in 2011. Harry then went to
swim at Mount Kelly college in Devon where he continued success
breaking club records and swimming at international competitions.
Harry finished his swimming career swimming at Loughborough
University while studying a sports coaching degree.
Harry is very passionate about
coaching and is all about getting the best out of each individual
athlete and developing a all round athlete.
Development Lead Coach
Development Performance 2 Lead
Marilyn's passion for swimming started at age of 4 when
she joined her first club. Some 14 years later at the age
of 18 after many early mornings, galas, training sessions at
Crystal Palace, medals at County, Regionals and Nationals
she left that swim club to go to university.
From a very early age all Marilyn ever wanted to be was a
Physical Education Teacher so she went to Sussex University Chelsea
College of Physical Education for 4 years. Marilyn did pass
her Grade 1 swim coaching qualification in her first year at
University after that Netball became her main
activity. She played County, Regional and International
matches and with great satisfaction coached many sides to National
The next part of Marilyn's life then started.
Marilyn had 2 young girls who also joined the local swimming club
at the age of 4 years. The next 14 years she taught full time at
the local Secondary School.
When the girls left home Marilyn had more time to
dedicate to being a swim coach at a local club and it was at this
time she took and passed both Level 2 and Level 3 coaching
Marilyn then decided to leave that area and use
her qualifications and got a job in Surrey as a Chief Coach.
She enjoyed those years and the club improved dramatically which
was satisfying. However Marilyn was still working very long hours
as she was also a Physical Education co ordinator for all the
schools in her area organising many big sports events for all
schools , Primary and Secondary liaising with sports stars who came
to promote their sport to the children.
Some 9 years later she wanted a less committed job in swimming
so moved back to my home town and from then until now she have
been a squad coach for children between the ages of 9 and 12 which
she really enjoy.
I have been really lucky over the years watching and talking to
some of the top coaches in this country and the USA which is where
one of her daughters went to University. She has been
able to see what works and discuss how to get there.
Marilyn loves coaching DP2, seeing the improvements and the fun the
swimmers have whilst in their sessions. The swimmers are very
competitive and really enjoy the challenges she gives them in
every session which prepares them for their swimming races.
Development Performance 1 Lead Coach
Development performance 1/1+ Lead Coach
Natasha began her swimming journey aged 7 swimming for
Leicester Neptune’s Swimming Club. Although she did not
compete at a high level she always loved swimming, competing in
galas and socialising with friends. At aged 13 she decided to stop
club swimming but didn’t want to give up her passion
completely. Aged 14 she managed to secure a job as a swim assistant
at Penguins swimming academy, helping to teach young children to be
confident in the water and share the love she had for swimming.
At 16 she went on to complete her Level 1 and 2 swim teaching
qualifications allowing her to lead her own swimming lessons at
multiple pools. From gaining experience teaching adults and
children of varying abilities, she took on her own approach to
teaching making it fun and enjoyable whilst breaking strokes down
to perfect technique.
At 17 she was given the opportunity
to help coach swimmers at the Tigers academy where her knowledge of
swimming technique grew massively. In 2020 she took on the
challenge of having her own squad at Leicester Sharks
coaching Development Performance 1/ 1+ alongside
studying towards her BSc Physiotherapy degree at the University of
Natasha is very focused on
continuously improving as a coach and hopes to be able to use her
physiotherapy knowledge to make a positive impact to the club and
Pups Lutterworth Lead Coach
Steve Hatfield is our lead coach
at Lutterworth for the Pups and helped by his daughter Lucy who has
her level 1 and occasionally by his other daughter Emily who has
her level 1 & 2.
Lucy swam for Lutterworth Swimming
Club and then for Leicester Sharks before moving into the coaching
role with Steve.
Emily took her swimming further by
progressing onto regional qualifying times where she achieved
silver medal in the 200m Butterfly at the age of 9,also qualified
for the open water national finals where she came 6th.
Steve is one of our volunteers who
wanted to help on poolside so started his coaching pathway in 2010
when he took his level 1 teacher/coaching course in Nottingham,and
then in 2012 took his level 2 Teacher/coaching course at Enderby,
Steve has been part of Leicester Sharks from the beginning and has
seen the club grow to what it is now, Steve has also taken his J1
in timekeeping plus his poolside rescue and more recently become
President of Leicester Sharks. Steve has seen many of our older
athletes past and present grow from that shy little child coming
onto poolside to confident young people and Steve says that’s
his reward/satisfaction from his coaching. Steve's own sporting
background was in the form of flat green bowls where he started at
the age of 13 being taught by his dad who himself was a bowls coach
at Lutterworth Bowls Club which is actually next to the Lutterworth
Leisure Centre, there he won all competitions and so moved to
Narborough Bowls Club where he continued this success this time
winning the two wood triples and also reaching the National’s
in the Rinks (4 people) and the Triples, Steve also gained his
county badges in both indoor and outdoor.Steve also played for the
under 25’s where he was Captain and also received an England
trial. Steve has seen many of our older athletes past and present
grow from that shy little child coming onto poolside to confident
young people and Steve says that’s his reward/satisfaction
from his coaching.
Pups Enderby Lead Coach
Pups Enderby Lead Coach
Joanne has been coaching with
Leicester Sharks since 2016, Joanne started assisting with the Pups
Enderby programme on Sunday evenings when one of her children
started with the programme, now all her children attend and her
husband also volunteers with Leicester sharks as a time
Over the last session Joanne has
developed as a coach and now helps lead the sessions within the
programme with our 7, 8 and 9 year old swimmers in Enderby. Since
Joing the club Joanne has developed herself by attending many
courses and gained qualifications to help her organise training
sessions, land base sessions and help set her squad
challenges to keep them engaged.
Joanne brings an incredible energy
to poolside and a desire to improve every athlete whom she works