WDSC appoints Head of Athletic Development & Physical Preparation Coach

Wycombe District Swimming Club is thrilled to announce the appointment of Gemma Elliot-Wetton to our new Full-Time Role as “Head Athletic Development & Physical Preparation Coach”.

Gemma, who once swam at WDSC as a youngster is a fully qualified UKSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC) and has a First-Class degree in Sports & Exercise Physiology from Loughborough University. Gemma also achieved a Masters in Sports & Exercise Physiology, from Roehampton University. In addition to these qualifications Gemma is a Level 1 British Triathlon Coach, and Level 1 Tennis Coach. As well as being a competent swimmer she is now a very keen Triathlete and races as a GB Age Group Triathlete.

Since 2012 Gemma has been a High-Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach at Halton Tennis Club; delivering Strength and Conditioning to athletes from 7 years-old up to Seniors (20+ years old). This experience across the age-groups is exciting for us all at WDSC as this role is to facilitate an ‘Athletic Development programme’ throughout the whole club so that by the time swimmers reach the Competitive & Performance levels they should have all the components required for injury-free athleticism and movement.

As part of her role, Gemma will be attending various competitions over the season to support Kevin and the coaching team in the preparation of athletes (before and after racing). This includes developing sound Pre-and Post-Pool routines at Training and at Competition along with developing monitoring tools and techniques to track developments and improvements in our swimmers.

Gemma starts on the 5th February and for the first few weeks she will be settling in, getting to know what already happens at the club and developing plans for the future; along with coaching various land sessions.

Gemma is excited to work with our current volunteer land coaches and all swimming coaches at WDSC and she commented on her appointment; “I am really keen to get started in my role at the club and I am looking forward to meeting all involved. Having been a strength and conditioning coach working with athletes from various sports over the years, I have gained lots of knowledge and experience that I am excited to use with swimmers of all ages and abilities. I have a love of coaching and I am looking forward to the opportunity to coach new athletes in a different environment and the challenge that will bring. The club has a great land-based training programme which I will continue to work with and further develop, to ensure that athletic development and physical preparation are the best they can be'.   

Head Coach Kevin Brooks commented: “I’m thrilled to have Gemma on-board and am excited about the future support and development that our swimmers will receive moving forward”.

WDSC hopes that you will all make Gemma feel very welcome and part of the #oneteam family.