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Coaching Staff

Jimmy Orr

Head Coach

Jimmy is the Head Coach of REN96 and leads the development programme. He is an experienced Level 3 swim coach who has been a familiar face on the Scottish Swimming scene for many years. Having originally started his coaching career at REN96, he has been head coach at West Dunbartonshire and Highland Swim Team before returning back to lead the club that started his journey.

Jimmy has had the joy of coaching multiple National senior medallists throughout his career as well as two Commonwealth Games swimmers, one of whom went on to swim at the Olympics for Great Britain.

“I am a great believer in coaching the athlete holistically. It important we create athletes who develop accountability, independence, self-betterment, authentic to themselves and many more positive character traits. We are not simply developing better swimmers but, hopefully, better people by the end of their swimming journey.
In coaching, I feel there is no better way to do this than building connection, confidence and competence in that order. Only then will each athlete be the best they can be”

 

Ross McCafferty

Performance Coach

My Coaching Career 

Ross McCafferty leads our performance programme. He is a fully qualified level 3 swim coach as well as studying Sports coaching and development at both the University West of Scotland and City of Glasgow College. Ross has been involved with the Scottish swimming national programme for the past five years taking up multiple roles at a range of different levels.

Ross has a passion for developing athletes to fulfil their individual protentional while challenging them to be the very best they can be every day. 

“My coaching philosophy is simple everything we do must have a purpose to it, and every day we must try and be better than the one before.”

 

Alan Dickson

Performance Coach

My Coaching Career 

Alan Dickson is a level 3 coach who joined the club in summer 2021. A coach since 2006, he started out as a poolside helper at North Ayrshire Swimming. During his time at North Ayrshire he was Junior Coach and spent three periods as interim head coach. 

 
Alan believes that age group swimmers should pursue excellence in all four strokes and that continuing to acquire new skills is essential for both swimmers and coaches. Alan has coached age group swimmers who have subsequently qualified for British, Scottish and District level events.
 
Alan sees his role as ensuring every swimmer has the opportunity to reach their potential, he is passionate about coaching and loves helping swimmers achieve their goals.
 

Michelle Galbraith

Development Coach

My Coaching Career

started my journey in Ren96 at 8 years old where I developed as a swimmer myself, I swam and completed competitively for just over 13 years. At 16 years old I decided to take my swimming teachers course where I got a feel for teaching and in 2013 I got the opportunity to become a coach.  From there I have developed my coaching skills and experiences from events, other coaches and the swimmers themselves. To coach and watch others grow in their sport progression, I truly believe it is a rewarding experience being a coach. As a former Ren swimmer and Glasgow School of Sport pupil, I can proudly say my heart isn’t only in the sport but also the development of our swimmers and the club.