A REVISED PAGE, REFLECTING VARIOUS CHANGES IN THE COACHING TEAM AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019, WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY.
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!
Alex Mason (Skills 1)
Having completed his studies at Southampton University, in September 2017 Alex returned to his “home” club where he previously competed up to national level. Alex is now combining a new career whilst helping our youngsters and still finding time to successfully transition himself into the world of Masters & Seniors competitions.
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.
Ellie King (Skills 2)
Still competing up to Regional level on Backstroke, Ellie is lead Coach of our Skills 2 group. (Full Profile / photo to follow)
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.
Mark Wareham (Skills Coach)
A father of four young girls, two of whom swim with the Club, Mark is one of our many parents who finds time to help out – when he is not off competing in triathlons or providing a taxi service to his daughters. A Level 2 Triathlon Coach and holder of Beds County Masters records, Mark originally competed as a teenager in the Midlands but has been associated “off and on” with Team Luton for six years.
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.
Tracey Barnwell (Academy)
Tracey has been involved with Team Luton since 2012 both as a parent of two club members and as a voluntary helper. She has the ASA Swim Teachers Level 2 and is working towards her Safeguarding qualification in September 2018. Having competed to National level herself, Tracey oversees our Academy group, helping young swimmers gain enough experience to join the Club.
Vanessa Edwards (Academy)
Working alongside Tracey, Vanessa is one of the first faces that our new youngsters might see on joining the Club’s Academy Group.