Lead Coach Otters Squad
I have been involved in swimming and numerous other sports up to county level all my life. I joined Otters when I was probably about nine years old and am currently swimming for the club as a Masters swimmer.
I first started coaching and leading sports when I was at school. I won various sports coaching awards, was picked to lead the youth team at a Youth Sports Trust Conference, elected Sports Ambassador to represent my School and in swimming was selected to go to a Young Coaches Talent Camp run by the Youth Sports Trust.
I started coaching for Otters in 2011, when I finished my A-levels, and have been coaching ever since. Whilst I was at Warwick University I rowed (and swam if I capsized) but still continued to coach Otters in my holidays.
I am now a full-time secondary school teacher in the day, however, I still love coaching Otters in my spare time and am lucky enough to be the Lead Coach for Otters Squad and coach some of our club squads too. I also organise the swimming team at the school I work at. Whilst I want every swimmer to succeed and do their absolute best, my main goal is that every swimmer who joins Otters loves to swim and enjoys it. I try my best to make sessions creative and fun for all whilst not forgetting that we want to be striving towards getting PBs which takes hard work!
My favourite quote (which one of my swimming coaches said to me) is to think: ‘I SHALL, I WILL, I CAN’ and that helps me to keep going and try my best. If your reading this because you are thinking of joining the club as a swimmer, coach, poolside helper or even doing your DofE award - do it - give it a go!!
Level 1 Coaching Swimming
Level 2 Coaching Swimming
PGCE in Secondary Education
I started swimming at Chalfont Otters at the age of six and went on to compete at County Level and in the National Arena League. I now enjoy using my knowledge of my own personal competitive swimming to coach and encourage the younger swimmers. I was selected by the ASA to take part in the Youth Sports Trust Talent Programme for young coaches. I have also taught swimming at David Lloyd and Swimwell, which has enabled me to teach children from two years old through the ASA Stages and into Competitive Swimming.
ASA Level Award 1 Teaching Aquatics
ASA Level Award 2 Teaching Aquatics
British Swimming Timekeeper Award
ASA Aquatics Helper Award
St John Ambulance Essential First Aid for Sports Coaches
Sports Coach UK Keeping Safe in Sport: Safeguarding for Young Volunteers
Junior Development & Club Coach
I joined Chalfont Otters in September 2017 and since then I have been working regularly with the JD and Club squads. I have been a Level 2 Swimming Teacher for 8 years and my experience as a teacher gives me the confidence and knowledge to improve swimmers in the developmental stage of learning. I wanted to get back into the competitive world of swimming after being out of the sport for 6 years.
I swam at county, regional, national and international level. My greatest personal achievements would have to be winning a silver and bronze medal for England in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2009 in the 100m and 200m Backstroke. I won 5 national medals and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2008, where I narrowly missed GB Junior Team selection in the 200m Backstroke by 0.06 sec. I have swum internationally in countries such as Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Greece.
My experience as a swimmer has shaped my future career; I now have a Bachelor of Science in Sports Sciences, Master of Science in Sports Psychology and I am currently working towards a PhD in Sports Psychology.
I look forward to gaining my coaching qualifications and becoming more involved with the club as a whole.
Level 2 Swimming Teacher (ASA)
Level 1 Diving Coach (ASA)
National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (RLSS)
Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor (RLSS)
Pool Plant Operator
Level 2 Fitness Instructor (QYC)
Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASA)
NVQ Nutrition (QYC)