WYCOMBE DISTRICT SWIMMING CLUB

Wycombe District Swimming Club Coaches

Head Coach

Kevin Brooks

headcoach@swimwycombe.com

Kevin, our Head Coach at Wycombe District has a wealth of experience and has coached swimmers to British & English National Medals & Finals, the European Junior Championships, the European Senior (Short & Long) Champioships, the World (Short & Long) Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kevin has been coaching since 1998 when he was 17 and coached his first group of National level swimmers when he was 18 years old. Since this time he has produced National Swimmers, over all age groups (including seniors), every year to date. Since 2002 Kevin has been working with, and producing, International level swimmers and medalists, with the highest acheivement in 2012 when sprinter Craig Gibbons represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games. Kevin has also been a coach on Great Britian teams on over 11 occasions; with the most recent selection being as Head Coach to the GB European Junior (Female) Team 2018.

Kevin started at WDSC in September 2012, post the Olympic Games, ready for a new challenge. Since Kevin's appointment he has developed all apects of the club and has more than trippled the size of the membership. Kevin, with support from his coaching team, have driven the club to historic highs and in 2015 the club produced outstanding results throughout the year with the WDSC becoming the 10th Top Club in the UK at the British Summer Championship. Kevin has led the club in 2018 to become 1 of 5 Swim England Performance Centres - a huge testimant to the journey our club has been on.

Head of Athletic Development

Gemma Hathaway

gemma@swimwycombe.com

Gemma, our Head of Athletic Development & Physical Preparation has been at the club since February 2018 and her impact has been incredible. Through working alongside the 'swimming' coaching team on a daily basis she has been able to implement a comprehensive programme of 'land based' training, injury risk reduction and strength & conditioning. 

In Gemma's role you will regulary see her at competitions prepping our athletes to a timeline which will enable our swimmers to be fully ready to race! In her role she also monitors our Performance athletes for Height, Weight, Body Composition and Wellness as all these areas are key to understanding each athlete and getting the most out of their journey in swimming.

Gemma is a UKSCA qualified and acredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and has worked in High Performance Tennis, before starting at WDSC.Gemma holds a Degree and Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

In addition to her coaching, Gemma is a very succesful and keen GB Age Group Triathlete; with highlights being events such as the ITU European Championships.

Head of Competitive

David Gee

david.gee@swimwycombe.com

Lead Performance Coach

Josh Atkins

josh.atkins@swimwycombe.com

As Lead Performance Coach Josh works alongside our Head Coach Kevin Brooks on a daily basis. He takes a lead role in the delivery of the Intermediate Performance Squad along with working closely with the coaching team on the other Competitive & Performance Squads in the club. Josh also supports the coaching delivery of other squads in the competitive pathway. 

Josh started his coaching career in Liverpool working for Bridgefield Swimming Club which feeds into City of Liverpool SC.

He then moved to Loughborough to study at the university where he graduated in Sport and Exercise Science. During his time as a student he has also worked in the Loughborough Swimming Programme as an assistant coach working alongside world class coaches and athletes, learning a great depth of knowledge within performance swimming. As lead coach to the development squad, Josh has coached numerous swimmers to national level. Josh also represented the Universities Water Polo team, a sport he has pursued since his early teens.

Over the 2015 to 2016 season Josh has been involved as a lead coach on the England Programmes Phase One and Two camps along with most recently being selected to attend the Engand Programmes Phase 3 International Swimming competition in Italy (May 2016). In 2017 Josh was also selected to coach on the Phase Two England National Camps and was selected as the Head Coach for the Swim England South East Regional Open Water Camp in 2018.

Lead Junior Coach

Jordan Welch

Jordan.Welch@swimwycombe.com

Jordan is our Lead Junior Coach and in this role he leads the Junior Competitive and Potential Two Squads. Working with George Longhurst and he will also be overseeing the Potential Three Squad and the Platinum Academy. Jordan will also be working with other squads in the club during the week in either a lead or assistant capacity. Prior to his role at Wycombe Jordan was the Development Coach at Chesham Swimming Club and before this he was coaching in Austrialia at an Age Group level and also within the learn to swim programme at the AIS.

Assistant Performance Coach

Joe Evans

Joe.Evans@swimwycombe.com

In his role, Joe leads the Junior Performance and Potential One Squads and is the main assistant coach to Kevin and Josh in the Performance programme. Joe has had a great start in coaching having held junior coaching positions at the City of Cardiff and City of Coventry Swimming Clubs. He is currently the lead coach to the Junior Performance squad at Coventry and has achieved great successes over the last year. With a degree in Sports Coaching and holding his Level 2 in Coaching, he comes to WDSC with a great foundation, ready to take lead of two key foundation squads at our club. Joe h as also a National level swimmer, having competed for Stratford Sharks and the City of Cardiff, where his main events were the 200 and 400 Free.