Coaches & Directors
Coaching Staff

Julia Murden

Club Founder and Chair

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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 joy.

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.

William Murden Bsc

Head Coach

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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 at 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. 

I completed my degree in Sport Science at Newcastle University in July 2020 graduating with a 2/1. I'm also a qualified member of the C.H.E.K. Institute as well as holding my coaching and teaching swimming qualifications.

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!

 

Lewis McColl

Assistant Coach Competitive Level

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Since the age of 7 I have been in and around swimming clubs, initially with Tynemouth ASC then North Tyneside ASC. The opportunities swimming has provided me have been invaluable, including training abroad and regularly racing at Level 1 meets.

Following an injury at the tail end of my swimming career I undertook a voluntary coaching role at North Tyneside Swimming Club, which quickly led me to discover a passion for coaching. 6 years later I am a qualified Level 2 Coach, with experience leading and assisting programmes to a variety of abilities and ages. I’m a big believer in not only the health benefits of swimming for young athletes, but also the discipline and ability to self-motivate our sport provides!

Outside of swimming I hold a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and am currently studying Epidemiology (MRes) at Newcastle University.

Christina Castledine

Development Squad Coach

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Paul Callender

Coach Future Stars Stroke Masters

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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.