Age Group Performance Coach announcement.
23 June 2017
After a rigorous interview process, Ben and the Executive have offered the job to Rebecca Barsby who will be joining us ready for next season. We had eleven very good quality applicants and shortlisted four who were all outstanding for different reasons making it an extremely difficult decision to make. The feedback from the swimmers that Rebecca coached, on the Friday night , at Whittlesey was outstanding!
Rebecca is currently an assistant age group performance coach at Nova Centurion where 20 out of her 24 swimmers made it to Midlands age group regionals this year. For those who dont know this programme it is the performance squad for Nottinghamshire and it used to be run by Bill Furness OBE (Head of British Swimming) and was the club from which Rebecca Adlington won her two Olympic golds and two bronze medals. Not only that but it was where Rebecca swam and a little further back in history it was Bens programme too! We are very excited that Rebecca has taken up our offer and will be bringing her talents to B1 and B2, and more broadly across all squads.
In her swimming career Rebeccas pinnacle was winning a gold at British summer Championships 2012 with her relay team, for which she swam the breast stroke leg, something she describes as hard fought for! Rebecca also qualified for the Olympic trials in 2012. Determination and resilience are real features of her CV. Academically, Rebecca has taken herself from adisappointing set of A level results onto a foundation course, then a Degree in Sports Science and a Masters Degree in Sports Performance Analysis.
Alongside her academic career she has always worked with children, coached swimmers and other elite performers. Summers have been spent with Camp America and she has worked at Derby County FC with footballers aged nine and above to help them analyse their performance. Her video analysis skills have been recognised by Swim England who asked her to deliver video analysis on England Talent Development Programmes phase 2. As a coach she has worked at development clubs and in her role at Nova.
Rebecca formally takes up her role one week before the start of the season, on 21st August, when she hopes to be relocated to Peterborough. She will be coming down to meet the programme on Thursday 6th July and Monday 10th Julyand whilst we dont want to put her under the pressure of making formal speeches to parents and athletes on those days we hope you will introduce yourselves and give her a large welcome to COPS.
Ben, Dick, Jane and Justin