Worksop Dolphins Swimming Club

Coaching Team

Giannis - Head Coach

My name is Ioannis Valkoumas and I have been the Head Coach for Worksop Dolphins since September 2019. 

I was born in Thessaloniki (Greece) and I have been a swimmer for over 15 years. My best stroke was butterfly and I have been Greek National Team member, Greek National Champion, National Record holder in 50m and 100m butterfly, Balkan Champion and Balkan Junior Record holder in 50m butterfly. I have participated in European Championships, Junior Olympic Games, Multination Meetings and Mediterranean Games.  

After the end of my swimming career, I took a bachelor degree from Physical Education and Sports Science Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with specialisation in Swimming and Lifeguarding. Subsequently, I finished my Master’s Degree in Sports Science with focus on Swimming Biomechanics. I also finished my PhD studies which also focuses on Biomechanical analysis of Swimming.

My swimming coaching experience started at 2002 as a National Team Assistant Coach. All these years many of my swimmers have been National and International Swimming Champions and I feel extremely blessed that I have the opportunity to work with so many talented young athletes. 

My entire coaching philosophy could be characterised by 3 words:

Trust, Hard Work, Mentality

My favourite quote is:

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

Aristotle


Bailey - Assistant Head Coach

I have always had a passion for teaching children to swim, having worked at multiple swimming schools, both teaching and working in management. I enjoy helping children learn this life-essential skill. I decided to make a career change, I initiated this by taking my coaching qualification. This helped me develop a more in-depth knowledge about the sport and because I wanted to view swimming in a competitive way. my love for swimming grew from there. I now enjoy competing in triathlon’s and aim to complete an iron man race in the next few years!

 

 

 


Gianna - Coach

My name is Ioanna Piastopoulou and I was born in Thessaloniki (Greece). I have been a swimmer for 15 years, my best stroke was butterfly and I have been Greek National Team member, Greek National Champion, National Record holder in 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and Balkan Champion. I have participated 2 times in European Championships with final participating, World School Championship with final participating and Multination Meetings.

After the end of my swimming career, I took a bachelor degree from Physical Education and Sports Science Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with specialization in Swimming and Lifeguarding. Subsequently, I finished my Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Physical Education and Sports Science Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

I have been coaching since 2004 and I believe that hard work and the right mentality lead someone to success.

 


Amelia

Hi, my name's Amelia and I am one of the Coaches at Worksop Dolphins. I have swam for Worksop Dolphins for around 11 years, and swam competitively for some of this time, reaching the Midlands, now I swim on and off in the Masters Squad. I started Coaching for the Club for my GCSE PE around 4 years ago, I really enjoyed it, so I continued and have been helping out with the Club ever since.

 

 

 

 


Niall


I've been a swimmer all my life since my nan took me at 6 months old. I've always had a deep passion for the sport and I myself have swam and competed for dolphins since I was 7. Through my years as a swimmer I learned a multitude of different skills and techniques that now I'm privileged enough to pass on to the swimmers of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 


Ellie 

I'm Ellie and I qualified as an assistant coach in 2019. I've always really enjoyed swimming and joined the club when i was 8years old. One of the things I find rewarding about coaching is having another way to share my passion for swimming with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lucy

 


Izzy

Hi i’m Izzy,  as well as coaching for Worksop Dolphins I also swim for the club, gaining both county and regional times. I really enjoy passing on my knowledge to our younger swimmers, I get a kick out of helping them to be the best swimmers they can be, all while making it fun for them. I have always had a deep passion for swimming and I couldn’t imagine where I would be now without it.

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