Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Agnes George Head Coach
I have been involved in sports throughout my life. I have started as a swimmer and moved on to athletics at the age of 11. During my university years I took on another challenge: Triathlon.
As I am from Hungary I have completed at national level all of these sports in Hungary.
My qualifications are university degree in Biology and Physical Education (ELTE Budapest 1998); Hungarian Level 2 Coaching Swimming (1998); Hungarian Level 2 Athletics Coach (1997); ASA/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming (2004). I have been teaching and coaching swimming over 18 years.

 
 Qualifications:
  • Hungarian Level 2 Coaching Swimming
  • ASA/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming
  • ASA/UKCC Level 3 Coaching
  • Swim England Level 2 Award in British Open Water Swimming 
  • Up to date NRASTC
Ross McGarvie

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

Lauren Turner

 

Assistant Head Coach

I joined Chalfont Otters in September 2017 and since then I have been working regularly with the OB, SD and JD squads. I have been a Level 2 Swimming Teacher for 9 years and my experience as a teacher gives me the confidence and knowledge to improve swimmers in the developmental stage of learning. I wanted to get back into the competitive world of swimming after being out of the sport for 6 years.
I swam at county, regional, national and international level. My greatest personal achievements would have to be winning a silver and bronze medal for England in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2009 in the 100m and 200m Backstroke. I won 5 national medals and competed in the Olympic Trials in 2008, where I narrowly missed GB Junior Team selection on the 200m Backstroke by 0.06 sec. I have swum internationally in countries such as Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Greece.
My experience as a swimmer has shaped my future career; I now have a Bachelor of Science in Sport Sciences, Master of Science in Sport Psychology and I am currently working towards a PhD in Sport Psychology.
 

I look forward to gaining my coaching qualifications and becoming more involved with the club as a whole.

Qualifications:

Level 1 & Level 2 Swim Coach (ASA)

Level 1 Diving Coach (ASA)

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (RLSS)

Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor (RLSS)

Pool Plant Operator

Level 2 Fitness Instructor (QYC)

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASA)

NVQ Nutrition (QYC)

 

Sandra Clark

Qualifications:

Level 2 Swim Teacher

Level 2 Swim Coach

Level 2 Team Manager

 

Member of the Masters Swim Squad and I am also reviving my love of outdoor swimming.

 

I started swimming when I was 11 and swam competitively to Welsh National standard. I qualified as a swim teacher when I was fifteen, took up life saving and kept swimming for myself. In my early 20s I moved to Liverpool and joined the Masters Swim Squad there, culminating in 1990 when I was the only girl in the the first cross channel swim team from City of Liverpool Swimming Club. Whilst in Liverpool I also took up triathlons in which I competed for 15 years and qualified as a triathlon coach too when I moved to London. During my years of triathlons I coached Merseytri and East London Triathletes in the swim element of triathlons.

 

I have continued to swim throughout my life and restarted coaching a few years ago with the Chalfont Otters. Both my children were in the water at 3 months old and both progressed to the Otters top squads and have since qualified as swim teachers themselves, starting off as poolside helpers within the Club. My belief is that all children should learn to swim as early as possible and then all ages should continue to swim throughout their lives. It is not only a sport that can be a life saver, but also allows you to do simple things like enjoy a holiday more and take non-weight-bearing exercise - especially good for those who are pregnant and older people.

Heidi LOVELAND
I have been involved in swimming and numerous other sports up to county level all my life. I joined Otters when I was probably about nine years old and am currently swimming for the club as a Masters swimmer.
I first started coaching and leading sports when I was at school. I won various sports coaching awards, was picked to lead the youth team at a Youth Sports Trust Conference, elected Sports Ambassador to represent my School and in swimming was selected to go to a Young Coaches Talent Camp run by the Youth Sports Trust.
I started coaching for Otters in 2011, when I finished my A-levels, and have been coaching ever since.  Whilst I was at Warwick University I rowed (and swam if I capsized) but still continued to coach Otters in my holidays.
I am now a full time secondary school teacher in the day however I still love coaching Otters in my spare time and am lucky enough to be the Lead Coach for Otters Squad and coach some of our club squads too. I also  organise the swimming team at the school I work at.  Whilst I want every swimmer to succeed and do their absolute best, my main goal is that every swimmer who joins Otters loves to swim and enjoys it. I try my best to make sessions creative and fun for all  whilst not forgetting that we want to be striving towards getting  PBs which takes hard work!
My  favourite quote (which one of my swimming coaches said to me) is to think: ‘I SHALL, I WILL , I CAN’ and that helps me to keep going and try my best. If your reading this because you are thinking of joining the club as a swimmer, coach, poolside helper or  even doing your  DofE award - do it - give it a go!!
Qualifications:
  • Level 1 Coaching Swimming
  • Level 2 Coaching  Swimmin
  • PGCE in Secondary Education

I have been swimming for as long as I can remember, and became part of Chalfont Otters when I was 7 years old. I then progressed through the club until I entered the highest squad and was training to compete at the regional championships from 2015 to 2018 and challenging to compete at nationals. I have now moved on from just swimming and I am now a triathlete, and I still try to push myself as much as possible every day. I started helping out on poolside when I was 14, and went on to be a qualified swimming teacher when I was 16, and a swimming coach when I was 17. I enjoy the challenge of helping people learn to swim, as I remember how hard it was starting to swim, and its hasn’t become any easier! When people struggle or say they can’t do something, I remind them that everyone is in the same position. I tell them that I didn’t get into the club when I first tried out, but perseverance and consistency is the key to making sure you get to where you aspire to be.

 

Qualifications:

Level 1 Swimming Coach

Level 1 Swimming Teacher

Amanda Newman
Georgina Vane

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. I have recently qualified as a level 1 swimming coach and have started to direct my time into coaching instead of swimming. I have been coaching for nearly 2 years and have really enjoyed coaching the younger swimmers. Covid-19 hasn’t helped with my progression into qualifying as a level 2 coach, however I hope to qualify in the near future.

Emma Button

I have been involved with Chalfont Otters for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time. I started off as a swimmer back in 2010 and then qualified and began coaching in 2017.  

 

Qualifications: level 1 and 2 swim teaching

                     Level 1 coaching (online completed, in person part on hold due to covid)

 

email: [email protected]

Jessica Blackman
Samuel Clark
Emilie Ratcliff
Jack Eden
Hugo Lane
Joshua Vaughan
Lucy Villiers
Zebina George
Board of Directors