Head Coach & Assistant Head Coach:

Name

Lisa Atkinson

Position

Head Coach

Responsibilities

Youth Performance & Age Performance (Whole Club)

About

Hometown - Istead Rise, Kent (to 14)

Middlewich, Cheshire (post 14)

Education:

A Levels: Biology, Psychology, Sport and PE

Uni: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea Uni, MSc Sport and Exercise Science, Physiology at MMU

Coaching History:

First started coaching at Swansea Uni. Was made Captain of the Swansea Uni Swim Team and provided the Coaching for the Competitive Section. In 3rd Yr at Uni was Treasurer of Swansea Uni Athletic Union, and HC of Amman Valley Swim Club, a small local club. Have since been HC at Satellites of Macclesfield and Maxwell Swim Club (Aylesbury) before moving to Bristol.

Highlights are coaching first National qualifier at Amman Valley as it was a very small club, coaching first National Medalists at Satellites (one of whom went on to qualify for EJ’s) and developing a system at Maxwell that developed and produced many swimmers who are now excelling in their sport.

Favouriite Music Genre:

Punk Rock and Ska, but also known to be partial to some Musicals!

Hobbies/Interests:

Spending time on the beach with my wife, and walking and playing with my two dogs Max and Skye. We’re also fostering a rescue dog Marcy at the moment.

E-mail

[email protected]

 

Name

Marc Williams

Position

Assistant Head Coach

Responsibilities

Age Performance & Youth Performance

About

Hometown: Bristol

Education:

UKCC L3 Performance Coach, L3 Personal Trainer, L3 Sports Massage Therapy, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist

Coaching History:

Marc started his coaching career volunteering as an assistant coach for Bishopsworth Swimming Club in 2006. Later progressing on to become a squad coach and then Head coach from 2014-2016 all the while continuing to swim himself in the City of Bristol Performance Programme. In 2016 Bishopsworth SC was amalgamated into City of Bristol Aquatics where Marc was appointed Full Time Assistant Head Coach. Over the years at City of Bristol Aquatics Marc has taken many swimmers from Promising County/regional swimmers into National Qualifiers and Medallists.

Favourite Music Genres:

Drum & Bass, Reggae, Ska, 90’s Dance

Hobbies/Interests:

Swimming, Climbing, Gym, Cycling, live music events

E-mail

[email protected]

 

Lead Coaches:

 

Name

Eli Myers

Position

Lead Academy and County Competition Coach

Responsibilities

County Competitive and Academy

About

Hometown: Clutton

Education:

UKCC L2 Coaching, L1 Crossfit for Kids Coach applying for an open university degree in primary education.

Coaching experience:

Volunteering/teaching/coaching for 11 years. Eli has been a Skills coach on both the Somerset county pathway and South West regional pathway. He was Previously head coach of Wells swimming club.

Favourite Music Genres:

Huge variety, happily listening to anything.

Hobbies/Interests:

Sketching, audio books, cooking and gaming

E-mail

[email protected]

 

Name

Paddy Noon

Position

Lead Development Coach

Responsibilities

Age Development, Skill Development & Psychology Support

About

Hometown - Bristol

Education:

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Swim England Senior Coach (Level 3), Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 1 Spin Instructor 

Coaching History:

Paddy Gained his Level 1 qualification and coached voluntarily around his own training. Naturally progressed into his Level 2 qualification and started working in swimming lesson programmes alongside coaching and training. Paddy had a complete break from swimming whilst at University and then started coaching and teaching on his return to Bristol.

Favourite Music Genres:

Rock, Reggae, 90s Hip Hop

Other Hobbies:

Gym, Running and Music

E-mail

[email protected] 

 

 

Name

Simon Thorne

Position

Lead Skill Development Coach

Responsibilities

Skill Development

About

Away from the poolside Simon's day job is in accounting.  He currently works as a finance director for a fire & security company in Bristol.

 

Simon is married to the best women in the world, has three children and one grandchild.

 

Simon never swam competitively, but as an adult enjoyed to race Triathlons from sprint distance through to the Ironman.  His crowning glory being 4th place (in his age group) at a sprint distance.

 

Coaching History:

Simon was introduced to coaching when his daughters finished swim lessons and they joined Bristol Central Swimming Club.  Not one to "sit on the sidelines" or in this case the seats, he quickly volunteered and joined in. It was one of the best decisions he made.  His daughters no longer swim, but the boy still does. Simon has played a pivotal role in developing young City of Bristol Swimmers many of which have gone on to become County, Regional and National swimmers.  

 

Hobbies:

Cooking, home DiY, riding his bike and running (all with varying degrees of enthusiasm), but overall he loves to read and learn "stuff".

 

He looks forward to the future.