Banbury Swimming Club is lucky to have an amazing team to coaches, all of whom have a love for swimming.  Many swim and compete themselves, but ultimately they have a desire to pass on their passion for the sport to others.  

Coaching and teaching team:

  • Sue Corbett: Sue started helping out on poolside at Banbury in 1982, realised how much she enjoyed it, and soon took her teaching and coaching qualifications.  Sue left Banbury for Maxwell Swimming Club in 1988, but returned as Head Coach to Banbury Swimming Club in 1999.  For a while, she was also coaching at City of Oxford Swimming Club, including covering the National Squad when the COSC head coach was away with the GB Team.  As with all our coaches, Sue is a volunteer who gives up countless hours to the club every week to make it the success it is.
  • Emma Anderson: Emma joined the club in 2017, and started coaching for us in 2018.  The enthusiasm she brings to the club is amazing.  Emma is a seasoned swimmer herself, competing at National level in her youth.  She now competes actively in our Club Championships, and represents the County in Masters events.  Emma is also Banbury Swimming Club's Welfare Officer.
  • Ben Measures: Ben started swimming with the club in 2004, and became a poolside volunteer in 2012.  He has subsequently taken his teaching and coaching qualifications, and in addition to being a Learn to Swim teacher for Spiceball, also coaches our Junior Squads on a Thursday and Sunday.  
  • Kirsty Hoffman: Kirsty swims for Kidlington Swimming Club, and has been coaching at Banbury Swimming Club since 2015.  Kirsty predominantly coaches the Junior Squads on a Thursday night, and helps out as a judge for our Club Championships.
  • Jack Eaton: Jack started swimming with the club as a Junior in 2000, and having worked his way through the various squads is now one of our Masters swimmers.  As a teenager he started helping with the coaching of the more junior swimmers, and then proceeded to take his coaching qualifications. Jack now coaches our Masters squad.
  • Barbara Legg:  Barbara learnt to swim at the age of 8, and swam for her school and then for the Royal Navy.  She has been been teaching swimming since the 1970s, diving since the 1980s, and started coaching in early 2000. Barbara's involvement in Banbury Swimming Club began around 2008.  She is currently one of our Learn to Swim teachers at Bloxham School on a Tuesday night, and has previously been involved in coaching other squads. Barbara continues to swim and compete with our Masters Squad.  She regularly competes at Masters' Meets and also represents the County.  


  • Andy Hamilton: Andy is originally from Birmingham and started his swimming career in the 1980s, apparently spending far too many weekends at the 50-meter pool in Coventry!  Alongside swimming competitively, Andy also trained as an Assistant swimming teacher & helped with club admin whilst his son swam competitively.  Andy joined the Banbury Swimming coaching team in 2022, having competed his Assistant Coach Qualification.


  • Ilia Starsmore, Ilia started swimming with the club when she was 9, and became a poolside helper in 2017. She has since progressed to take her coaching qualifications in 2019, and is now an assistant coach for the Junior Squads. She also swims with the Fitness Squad.


  • Denise Langford:  Denise is one of our Learn to Swim teachers at Bloxham School on a Tuesday night.  Denise involvement with swimming started when she trained as a lifguard in the 1990s, but soon after she decided to also take swimming teaching qualifications.  She has now been teaching swimming for 28 years and has been involved with Banbury Swimming Club for 23 of these.  Denise is also our regular lifeguard at our Masters Sessions.