W&DSC Coaching Team
Each squad at W&DSC is allocated a lead coach, who is responsible for delivering the training for that squad. The Head Coach, Chantal Clavaud is Level 3 qualified and is in overall charge of the coaching arrangements for the Club. She is supported by Julie Saunders our Head of Junior Development). All other W&DSC coaches kindly volunteer their time both in undertaking courses and leading training sessions and we are heavily reliant on their contribution.
Our Head Coach, Chantal Clavaud, is supported by our Coaching team below:
Mark Gauld (youth squads coach)
Malcolm Evans (Youth squads coach)
Julie Saunders (Head of Junior Development)
Geoff Payne (Age group squads lead coach)
Joanne Browne (age group squads coach, juniors assistant coach)
"As a young child I did swim with my local swimming club for a couple of years, but it was a very low key, once a week affair and I'm certainly not a great swimmer. I got involved poolside as a timekeeper about 4 years ago and I'm now qualified as a J2 official which means I get to spend a lot of time dressed in white at pools all round the country timekeeping and judging starts, turns and finishes as well as stroke technique. I volunteered as a lane assistant about 18 months ago and I passed level 1 coaching last summer. I help with the juniors once a week and the age group seniors twice a week. It's very addictive: I go off to work with a huge smile after an hour with the juniors on a Wednesday morning! I love it when a swimmer has been working hard on a skill and it pays off in their performance or even when they're just pleased at having completed a tough set."
Blan Walker (Club lead coach)
Blan coaches Club Squad & is a Level 2 Swim Coach & Level 1 Swim Teacher. She was born in Dublin, Ireland and has also lived in Australia where she first became involved with swim club & surf club activities through her two sons who also swam for Witney.
Before swimming took over she worked a television producer in London. She is a member of Witney Masters swim squad and has represented the club at many competitions over the years. She is also a keen Open Water Swimmer, who enjoys travelling abroad to swim in interesting locations.
Ian George (D3/JP lead coach)
"I Started swimming at W&DSC club probably in 1976 when I was 11, where my main stroke was breaststroke and I swam this for the swimming club right through my age groups. I started helping poolside when I was about 13/14 and was still swimming and was club captain. I then did my preliminary swim teachers qualification.
I have always enjoyed windsurfing. I Met Joanna and had a family, and have two boys William and Ben who swims and so the circle started again and I started helping poolside again with Lindsay Jarvis in D2 and then moved to lead coach D3 and JP for the last couple of years. I have also become a timekeeper, and a member of the committee for the last two years. I feel I got a lot out of my swimming years."
Lindsay Jarvis (D2 lead coach)
"I was a swimmer as a youngster and coach to academy equivalents (some of whom are now masters swimmers - eek!), water polo, basketball, scuba diving, moved away from competitive swimming & came back to the club once I'd had children. Have dabbled more recently in open water swimming. I coach D2 and am qualified Level 1 coach. I'm passionate about encouraging the swimmers in my squad and giving them the confidence in themselves & improving their techniques to enable them to realise their potential and move them up to the next squad. I love seeing them swim in competitions & their faces when things go right! And be there for them to pick them up should it not go according to plan. "
Michelle Morris (D1 lead coach)
Trace Eccles (ACAD 3 lead coach, D1 coach)
Joanne Kinch (ACAD 2 lead coach)
"I am a fully qualified swimming teacher and I teach an adult swimming class at Carterton pool each week. Swimming has been a big part of my life and I was a synchronised swimmer and a lifeguard when I was younger. I enjoy teaching swimming, however my main career is as a primary school teacher. I currently teach a class of 30 reception children which keeps me very busy! I have a son called Samuel (in the club) and a daughter called Tabitha, who have grown up to be water babies too! I believe the training and dedication of a swimmer no matter what standard can set you up for life with the right attitude."
David Hall (ACAD 2 lead coach)
"My swimming career started as a 6 year old when I joined Islington (London) swimming club. Later I represented the club in Europe and also the Civil Service in National competitions. After a 30 year gap from competitive swimming I returned in 1991 as a Master swimmer and have competed since then. The highlight of my swimming career was being Great Britain butterfly champion in 2012 and 2013. In 1991 I qualified as a lifeguard and in 1992 as a swimming teacher. I still teach and lifeguard. At my age I need to keep my brain active, I can't do Sudoku so in my spare time I teach and solve Excel problems."
Joanna Archibald (ACAD 1 lead coach)
"I am a volunteer level 2 qualified swimming teacher working within the Academy Team since 2016 when one of my children joined the club. I have a passion for swimming, both in teaching others and seeing their progress as well as swimming myself. I was a club swimmer as a child and now swim with Witney and District Masters. One of the most exciting swims I have ever competed in was the European Masters in 2016 where I was inspired by some exceptional swimmers, especially those in the 85+ year old category who were incredibly impressive. Another event I have learnt a lot from was the Windermere one way swim which was a grueling and cold 10.5 miles, but it taught me a lot about perseverance. I hope my enthusiasm for swimming is shared by the children I teach and I hope they feel the many benefits swimming provides. Most of all I hope they are having fun."
Lane Assistants and cover coaches: