I have been in and around the water since before my first
birthday and joined my first swimming club at the age of ten.
My passion for swimming grew in leaps and bounds,
reaching the top of the British rankings for my age by the
time I was eleven.
Over the years I have travelled all over Europe to take part in
training camps and watch world championship competitions. I
have also competed across the country and internationally in
county, regional and national level competitions.
At 18 I went to Stirling University in Scotland where I got the
opportunity to train with multiple Commonwealth, World and Olympic
swimmers. At age twenty three my passion for swimming remains
and I am considering competing at Olympic Trials in 2020 depending
on my degree commitments ( I study Sport Science at Newcastle
University and will graduate in 2020).
My main event is 200m butterfly and I presently hold the British
Masters title for the event.
I hope to be able to pass on my passion for swimming to
other swimmers in the club and to see them achieve their
dreams in the future - A Life Worth Swimming!
Assistant Coach Competitive Level 1
I established the club in April 2009, with a couple of clear
goals in mind.
I wanted a club that would service the desire my child has for
swimming, would be ambitous, open minded and prepared to try new
things but I also wanted a club that would support my child's
education and not impact in a negative way on his studies.
Nearly twelve years later here we are. I have seen many children
through their swimming journey from age three right through to
senior athletes in their twenties. I still love to see the little
ones take their first steps into the pool and learn to swim, to see
the same children take their first steps onto a racing block and
compete and see athletes I have coached train at perform at the
highest level - to see potentail achieved is a priviledge and a
To be part of a young person's journey in sport and in life is a
precious thing and something that I truely value - thank you to all
the young athletes that have given themselves to the sport with
commitment and enthusiasm - we are always learning - always moving
foward and always aiming to enjoy the journey.
Development Squad Coach
I joined the club three years ago with my two children who are
both tri athletes and compete at both regional and national
As a family we are heavily involved in tri (running Ryton Tri
Club) and we had struggled to find a swimming club for the children
that would be inclusive and accepting of their main sport.
Since my children have swam with the club I have seen them go
from strength to strength as swimmers and I enjoy being able to
give back to the club in some way and that is why I volunteer my
time on a Tuesday and Friday evenings to coach the development
group of swimmers. I work along side Will and Julia in a supporting
coach role with a squad that trains three times a week. the main
focus of the squad is learning correct stroke but it is always a
thrill when we get to see the junior swimmers go out to race for
the first time.
We have a strong squad of development athletes aged eight to
twelve years old in this squad and we know how to have fun and
Coach Future Stars Stroke Masters
I have been with Aquajets for several years now and I originally
became involved as a parent. After helping out with several
sessions I soon developed a passion for coaching and teaching.
After gaining a coaching qualification, I have been developing the
young swimmers of the Development and Junior squads for the past
few years. Technique and enjoying the learning process plays a big
role in my sessions and my aim is to develop their skills in
order to advance them to the next squad and to prepare them
for competitive swimming.
Assistant Coach Stroke Squad
I joined Aquajets when I was twelve years old and I am still
enjoying my swimming no as much as ever.
Over the years I have made some great friends and had the
opportunity to compete all over the country and travel abroad to
I wasn't amazing when I started with my swimming but with a lot
of hardwork and dedication I have managed to reach the top levels
at my sport. I now compete mainly in the sprint events and
specialize in 50m backstroke.
I presently study at Sunderland University (Mechanical
Engineering) and I am a qualified level two teacher and life guard
It's great to be teaching the young swimmers and I hope the get
a much from the sport as it has given me - Just Keep Swimming !