Head Coach 

Luke Surplice

Email : headcoach@adsc.uk

I swam as a competitive swimmer to national level my entire life and having the opportunity to pass some of what I’ve learned along the way to the next generations of swimmers and having coached and developed swimmers to British Championships and Masters World Championships has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. 

I am very passionate about swimming, the process of developing technique and technical skills, bonding a strong and united team, and developing good work ethic during training and competitions. It is my belief that as the head coach it is my role to ensure that all of this can be achieved while having fun along the way.

The objectives for the club and the actions of the coaches will be focused on building confidence, self-esteem, discipline and a sense of commitment and pride in the club and in themselves. These personality traits and qualities will benefit them at whatever level they swim.

It is the coach’s responsibility to help the swimmers develop strong skills, challenge them and help them to identify individual goals and develop a plan to achieve them. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to begin thinking critically as it applies to their performance in training and competitions to identify areas for improvement as well as areas of strength as an individual and as a member of the club. I expect nothing less than their very best effort at all times and this combined with being the best teammate they can, is very important.

 

Performance 2 Coach 

Dave McGuire

Email : coachdave@adsc.uk

 

 

Performance 3 Coach 

Robin Nettleton

Email : coachrobin@adsc.uk

When I was a boy I found one of the things I loved was to swim. I wasn't a natural sportsperson even though my family were very sporty, but I found this was one sport I could do well. My Grandfather Burt swam for a club and I guess I must take after him because my father and brother both hated swimming.
 
My mother used to spend her life sitting in the spectator gallery at Highgrove Pool in northwest London while I practiced. I competed in London in the early 80s and won a few local competitions
in Front Crawl. 
 
I stopped swimming when I was 14 years old, switched to cycling and became part of the Velocity team. 
I came back to swimming in my late twenties and rediscovered my love for the sport as a Masters Swimmer, then went on to gain Level 2 in Swimming Teaching and Level 2 in Coaching. 
 
I joined Alton & District in September 2017 and it's now the club closest to my heart. We have an amazing Coaching and Teaching team headed by Luke Surplice who is an established Swimmer and Coach. I've taught everything from our youngest swimmer just starting out on their journey to coaching our elite level athletes within our performance program.
 
I look forward to meeting you on poolside and sharing my passion for swimming with you.

 

Development Coach 

Academy Coordinator

Gemma Boylan

Email : coachgemma@adsc.uk

Gemma has been with the club since 2005 when she joined as a swimmer. After deciding to stop competitive swimming in 2012 she began assisting in the learn to swim lessons and went on to become a level 2 teacher. Having taught across the entire club Gemma focused on coaching, earning her level 2 coaching qualification in 2018 and taking on the Performance 3 squad. Gemma strives to establish a strong swimmer-coach relationship with her swimmers so that they are able to reach their potential whilst feeling happy in the pool. 

Gemma’s favourite stroke to swim is backstroke and her best event to race was the 200m backstroke!

Gemma is also a qualified team manager and spent a week in Spain in 2016 for a training camp. Alongside this, Gemma is also a team manager trainer.

She recently took on the position of the Academy Coordinator and is looking forward to growing the clubs Academy programme for our youngest members and ensuring their sessions are of the highest quality.

 

 

 

Coach   Coach   Coach & Teacher
Nic Gadsby   Katie Lee   Ruth Saunders
   
         
         
Coach/Teacher   Teacher Level 2   Teacher Level 2
Alan Amor   Olly Malkin   Lauren Swain
   
         
         
Teacher Level 2   Teacher Level 2   Teacher Level 2
Lynn Hellewell   Mia Spencer   Katherine George
   
         
         
Teacher Level 2   Teacher Level 1   Teacher Level 2
Becky Alder   Hannah Williams   Isy Roberts