14 December 2019
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jasper Lye as Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club’s Assistant Coach. Jasper started with Keynsham at the end of November (some of you may have seen him poolside) and for the first few months will be working solely with the younger Regional Potential swimmers, alongside Ruby Bird, to prepare them for The Somerset County Championships in January and February 2020. This enables Head Coach, Kay Rex and Zach Derrick to be able to fully concentrate on the older Regional Potential swimmers to get them ready for The Somerset County Championships too.
We caught up with Jasper while he was writing his Friday set on the whiteboard, “I am really excited to be working with Keynsham ASC, and very much looking forward to the challenge of working with swimmers across the whole club. I enjoy seeing the passion of the youngsters and hope to be able to share my experience as a swimmer and a coach and draw upon the skills I have learned from the people around me in swimming like Matt Puddy and my own dad.”
Jasper started the pathway to competitive swimming when he was seven years old, training three times a week with a Bath Dolphins. He progressed quickly, and with boundless enthusiasm and dedication he rose through the ranks to swim in many open meets, The Southern Junior League, The National Arena League, Somerset County Championships, South West Regional Championships, and indeed Jasper still holds around 40 club records.
These early days were essential to his progression and development as a swimmer.
Jasper then went to swim with City of Bristol Aquatics where he trained under Matt Puddy. The programme was demanding, structured and produced results with his 200m breaststroke ranking rising to 3rd in the Great Britain at one time in the open age category.
In recent years, he was multiple Somerset County Champion and South West Regional Champion, with breaststroke being his number one stroke, but still managing to win in as diverse events as backstroke and IM. It was breaststroke that took him to the National Finals where he won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke. His personal best for the 200m was 2:16.77 which he achieved when he swam in the open event in 2017.
Jasper represented England and Great Britain in France and Croatia where he picked up a gold (in the 200m breaststroke) and bronze medals and learnt a great deal about international swimming demands and expectations. He is looking forward to sharing his experience and insight with everyone at Keynsham and help to produce County, Regional and International athletes in the future.
Jasper will be working with the guidance of Kay Rex and Lynne Bartlett, coaching in blocks with each of Keynsham’s squads. In this way it will enable him to get to know each of our swimmers strengths, abilities and attitude to training and in turn the swimmers will get to know him.
We hope you will join us in welcoming Jasper to Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club.