Our coaches

Our coaches are committed to long-term success and sustainability. The Head Coach is responsible for the Club's Swim Programme and works collaboratively and in unison with the Squad Coaches and Otters Management to deliver the Swim High-Performance Plan.

 

Alex Bowsher

Head Coach

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Senior Coach (Swim England - Level 3)

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Our head coach Alex has been involved with swimming since the age of 2, firstly as a swimmer, then as a volunteer, a teacher, and finally as a coach.

Alex has worked with swimmers at all levels, from non-swimmers, toddlers to 60+, to an array of national champions including international representation within the GB squad and Para-Swimming.

As a coach, he prides himself on creating an inclusive space for swimmers to succeed in a low pressure, fun environment, recognising the individual needs and challenges of each of the swimmers.

In addition to swimming, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Coaching from Cardiff Metropolitan University, equipping him with key information in sports psychology, physiology, biomechanics to inform his practice. He then gained a Masters degree in Social Psychology from Surrey University, giving a unique perspective of swimming.

As well as the head coach of Chalfont Otters, Alex also works closely with Swim England on their development programmes across the country.

Alex is currently finishing qualifications in Strength and Conditioning, which will further help the physical development of our athletes.

 

Qualifications:

  • Level 3 Swim Coach (Swim England)
  • Level 1 Assistant Teacher
  • BSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Social Psychology

 

Ross McGarvie

Assistant Head Coach 

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I have been involved in swimming for 14 years, I loved it from a very young age. I have been coaching for 4 years now and thoroughly enjoy it. Going to nationals twice for open water at 15 and 16 years of age was my biggest achievement.

 

Georgina Vane

Junior Development Lead

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With her role as Junior Development Lead, Georgina has some great plans about how to develop our swimmers across all JD groups, with her coaching having a focus on technical development, fun, and being a place where all can achieve, in essence our Otters ethos.

"I joined Chalfont Otters at the age of 8, as a swimmer and have continued to swim, qualifying for Counties, Regionals and Nationals in the recent years. After qualifiying as a level 1 swimming coach I started to direct my time into coaching instead of swimming and have qualified as a Level 2 coach and Level 1 swim teacher.  I am extremely excited to be the Junior Development lead as I know the JD swimmers have so much potential.  My aim is to develop these squads so that we have a set structure and plan for this season and beyond. We see some of our junior development swimmers make Counties this year and I am extremely excited to see even more swimmers achieve each year. I hope I can pass the love and passion I have for swimming and the club to these younger swimmers. "

 

 

Fiona Williams

Head of Teaching

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Fiona has a wealth of experience and passion for the sport of swimming, which she brings to our Saturday morning sessions as  Head of Teaching at Chalfont Otters.

 

I have enjoyed and participated in club swimming from the age of 6, and I still swim with the Masters here at Chalfont Otters. Swimming is an essential life skill so at Otters we aim not only to provide a high standard of teaching and coaching, but inspire youngsters to enjoy, and be involved with aquatics, not just in the early years but over the long term. 

 

 

 

 

Kelvin Jones

Swimming has always been a big part of Kelvin’s life, whether having swimming lessons at a young age, competing internationally or coaching at a variety of swim clubs. He started coaching after being forced to give up swimming competitively due to injury. 
 
Still feeling passionately about the sport and enjoying seeing swimmers progress, coaching was a natural step. 
 
Kelvin coached for a number of years in Wales where he was selected as part of the Welsh regional squads and the Welsh Disability team, coaching swimmers to compete in the Commonwealth Games.
 
Kelvin says “Alongside coaching I have enjoyed teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities, it’s hugely rewarding seeing a swimmer’s confidence improve! Highlights of my own swimming career include being Welsh national record holder for 100m and 50m backstroke and competing both nationally and regionally for Wales and Gloucester respectively.”