The Club’s squads are coached by various individuals, most of whom give their time voluntarily. The coaching team includes:
Rikki Morris (Head Coach)
Rikki is a UKCC level 3 qualified coach.
A Junior International swimmer at Commonwealth Youth Games in his day, Rikki previously coached at the City of Coventry Swimming Club. Initially helping in 2011 as a volunteer Junior Coach (with 7 to 10 year olds) he was then appointed as their Senior Performance Coach, prior to becoming the Assistant Coach in April 2014.
Rikki joined Team Luton in January 2018, having coached swimmers to National Age Group medals, trained over twenty-five National Qualifiers and seen more than ten of his swimmers be invited on to the Swim England talent Phase 1 Programme.
In addition to himself being a coach on the England Talent Programme from 2014 – 2017, Rikki was lead coach on the West Midlands Network Beacon programme, mentoring other aspiring coaches in the surrounding area.
Retaining his fitness, Rikki stepped in to compete for Team Luton in the 2018 National Arena League and in so doing qualified to compete in the 2019 East Region championships!
Dave Wright (Junior Performance & Development Coach)
When not training for his own Masters’ events, where he has won National medals in the pool and Regional medals in Open Water competitions, Dave is the Lead Coach for the Junior Performance squad where the goal is to reach Regional Age Championships and prepare for promotion to the Performance Squad. He is also in charge of the Development Squad who through entering various competitions our youngsters will be aspiring to compete in their Age Group County Championships. Qualified as an Assistant Club Coach and Advanced Swim Teacher, Dave likes giving the opportunity to youngsters to enjoy swimming as much as he has – since the age of 7!
Doug Walmsley (Skills 1 &2)
The father of two girls who are in the Senior Performance squad, Doug has been coaching the younger swimmers (8-12 years) since 2014. He enjoys seeing the swimmers gain confidence and ability. Away from the pool, Doug is a secondary school teacher where he also coaches athletics and cross-country running.
Gary Smith (Skills)
Often to be seen poolside in “public times”, teaching groups of all ages as part of his job with Active Luton, Gary extends his working day to help with our Skills squads. (Full Profile / photo to follow).
Jane Cattle (Skills & Masters / Seniors)
Involved with Luton swimming for over 20 years, Jane’s son competed at various National Age Group Championships whilst her daughter competed internationally for Great Britain for 7 years, including the Paralympics in 2008 in Beijing. Initially volunteering and helping out on poolside generally, with the Club’s help & encouragement Jane started on her coaching journey with the Poolside Helpers Certificate and over the years progressed through to complete her ASA Level 3 Coach qualification.
Having taught and coached swimmers from 18 months old through to Masters, Jane currently helps out with the development of the younger swimmers and helps coach the Masters swimmers. Whilst having coached swimmers & Para-Swimmers to both National and International levels, Jane enjoys supporting and seeing individuals develop their potential and achieve their own personal goals.
Milly Davidson (Skills Poolside helper)
A member of our Senior Competitive group, Milly started helping out poolside in 2017. The Club is proud to see Milly, like many other of our swimmers before her, looking to giving time back to help our youngsters.
Pauline Harrington (Masters & Senior Age Group Coach)
A World Masters champion over 200m Breaststroke back in 1996, Pauline was forced to retire from competitive swimming thanks to two replacement knees.
With over 50 years’ service to swimming in Luton, Pauline is our chief Masters Coach. Frequently finding new drills, she ensures that the sessions are never dull.
Vanessa Edwards (Academy)
Vanessa is one of the first faces that our new youngsters might see on joining the Club’s Academy Group.