Artistic Swimming Coaching Team

Head coach & 15+ Competitive Team Coach                                

Maria Shortman

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15+ competitive

Maria Shortman

Synchro Achievements:-

Won the National Team Championships with Bristol x3

National Duet champion with Louise in 1990

Competed for  GB  between 1986-1993

Swam Team and the B Duet

Competed at various Junior and Senior Europeans

Competed in the 1991 World swimming Championships in Perth, Australia where we came 8th.

Highest national ranking: 3rd


Coaching Achievements:-

Became Head Coach in 2010

Since 2010 I’ve choreographed and coached teams to Gold medals in all age groups and all categories. i.e solo, duet and team.

England Talent Junior coach in 2014.  Won team gold medal at the Croatia Open

England Talent Development Coach 2015-2018

Selected on to the Olympic Ambition Programme for the 2012 London Olympics.

13-15 competitive

Louise Skidmore

Junior European Silver Medallist 1990 – Duet and Team

Won the National Team Championships with Bristol Central numerous times.

National Duet Champion with Maria in 1990

Competed for Junior and Senior GB 1986-1992

Competed in the 1991 World Championships in Perth Australia – Duet and Team

Competed in the 1991 Pre Olympic Games in Barcelona

Winner of The Holland trophy – 1990 Awarded to the swimmer with the highest total of routine scores - solo, duet and free routine.

Gloucester County 400m and 800m Freestyle Champion 1986


Started coaching for City of Bristol 2017.  Have achieved podium results since then.  Including Gold at the 2019 National Age Group Championships, Free Team and Gold at the 2019 Scottish National Age Group Championships, Free Team.


2013 Swam the English Channel

2014 Swam the length of Lake Windermere


I started swimming and synchro at the age of 10years to help control my Asthma.

Maria and I use to giggle a lot during duet training and often told off!!!


13+ combo

Laura Perry

I began my synchro career at Witney and District Synchronised Swimming Club when I was 9 years old.

I continued to swim and eventually coach there until I was 18 when I moved to Bristol to attend university. In February 2019,


I began coaching at City of Bristol Aquatics. Alongside my work as a coach, I am also training to compete as a Masters artistic swimmer.

12 & u competitive

Tricia Maggs

At age 19 I qualified for the Senior GB Synchro Squad and competed for 3yrs. Including taking part in the pre Olympics at UCLA in 1984.


When I retired at 22yr from competing internationally I started to help coach at the club in between travelling and performing in professional aqua shows.


I have coached many girls to international level and trained in Canada and Italy.


During this time I was also  GB  junior coach for 3yrs taking the squad to the junior Europeans and the duet to the Junior world championships.


Choreography is my passion, every team I have coached has meddled. I love the process of developing a routine to suit the girls I'm working with.

12 & u development

Paula Brand

I have been a coach at COB for 7 years within that time I have trained as a tutor delivering courses to aspiring artistic swimming coaches across the country. 

I am a level 3 judge and am looking to qualify as a referee for my next step. I swam for a number of years reaching regional junior soloist, and competing with the then Bristol Central senior team winning the redwood trophy at Nationals. 

I made the Rio Olympic duet costumes, and I paint with watercolours in my spare time

Starter synchro

Paula Brand

As above