Bluefins Coaching Team
“I have been involved in coaching for over 45 years and swimming for 55 years, initially when swimming with my first club, Croydon Amphibians, then both as a volunteer and professional coach”.
Senior Performance and assisting Senior Race Squad
“I started with Bluefins in our lessons program, before progressing into Squads when I was 9 at Tadley and then onto the Aquadrome. I was coached by Tom Blakeley and Steve Greenfield – both coaches I now work with at the club”
Junior Performance and Skills Academy
“I got involved in club swimming when I was 12 with Basingstoke Swimming Club after a friend at school suggested I come along with him. (Ironic as I didn’t like swimming when I was younger and actually thought the line on the bottom was a snake)"
Senior Race and assisting Junior Performance and Junior Competitive Squads
"I have been involved in competitive swimming for just shy of 30 years, initially as a competitive swimmer and club captain with Reading Swimming Club, racing to Regional level in a number of events and agonisingly close to Nationals in 200 Brst. My coaching Career started after I finished Uni aged 21".
Junior Race and Skills Academy Squads
"I started working in swimming at the age of 13 as a water helper as part of the Bluefins lessons program and progressed through gaining my level 1 and level 2 certificate and becoming a lead teacher. I made the transition into coaching at the age of 16 starting with the development squads and quickly realised I was very passionate about coaching"
Senior and Junior Competitive Squad, and Masters Squad
“I have been involved in competitive swimming for over 40 years, initially
As competitive swimmer with Reading Swimming Club, racing to National Finalist standard in 200 Back & 100 Free. My coaching Career started when I was 18"
“I only started swimming properly when I was 27 as an alternative form of fitness. Before then, I had swimming lessons when 5 years old and in fact hated swimming”
Senior and Junior Competitive Squads, Senior Skills & Fitness and Masters Squads
"I have been swimming with Bluefins since way back when it was Basingstoke Swimming Club, starting in around 2000 and making it through to Performance Squad"
Senior Race Squad
Skills Academy Pre-Squads (Thursday) and Skills Academy
"I started swimming in the early 70’s where I joined Basingstoke Swimming Club for a short time, this was back in the day when a Saturday night gala was all about going on the coach with your team mates and stopping for a bag of chips on the way home."
Skills Academy Pre-Squads (Tuesday), Skills Academy and Senior Skills & Fitness Squads
"I have been involved in swimming since I was 4 years old for Winchester as both parents were swimming coaches. Was always more interested in chatting than swimming so only natural to go into teaching/coaching.
Raced at Southern Counties for 400m and 800m Freestyle. Raced at National level in biathlon (run and swim) and triathlon (run, swim and shoot).
Now training for my 9th Ironman triathlon which the ultimate goal is to qualify for World Championships in Hawaii."
Skills Academy Pre-Squads (Tuesday)
Skills Academy Pre-Squads (Tuesday)
Skills Academy Squads
“I have been a member of Bluefins since 2005 when the club was first formed, before that I had been a member of Basingstoke Swimming Club since learning to swim at aged 4. When I was 13 I began water helping as part of the lessons programme before becoming a qualified swimming teacher at 16, shortly after that I also became involved in the coaching side and the rest is history”