Coaching

Otters Coaches are committed to long term success and sustainability. The Head coach is responsible for the Club's Swim Programme and will work collaboratively and in unison with the Squads Coaches and Otters Management to deliver the Swim High Performance Plan.

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 15 years.
Currently I am working towards to gain ASA Level 3 qualification in swimming coaching.

 Qualifications:

  • Hungarian Level 2 Coaching Swimming
  • ASA/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming

Matt Paget

Junior Head Coach
I have always had an interest in sport and was most successful at swimming. Highlights included winning the National Schools 4x50m Freestyle relay in a national record time which still stands today and participating in the World Championship and Commonwealth trials in 2005. I have also been county champion in multiple disciplines in both Berkshire and South Bucks and Middlesex.

Qualifications:

  • ASA/UKCC Level 1 Teaching Aquatics
  • ASA/UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics
  • ASA/UKCC Level 1 Coaching Swimming
  • ASA/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming

Heidi Loveland

Lead Coach Otters Squad
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

Tom Sharpe

Lead Coach Academy Squad
I started swimming within the club at the age of nine years old. In 2014 I decided that being in the pool didn't look as fun as being stood poolside helping to develop the younger swimmers in the development squads.
      I started poolside helping at age 14 in order to gain my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. 
I enjoyed doing this so much that I decided to take up my Level 1 teaching qualification. Following this I completed my level 2 teaching qualification to allow me to progress further in this career and gain more of an insight into teaching swimming. I was also fortunately one of 12 young coaches in the country to be selected by the ASA to attend the Youth Sport Trust National talent camp.
      Currently I am the lead coach for the Academy squad of the club alongside coaching two of the development squads.

Qualifications:
  • National pool Lifeguard qualification
  • ASA Level 1 Teaching aquatics
  • ASA Level 2 Teaching aquatics

Lizzie Moss

Coach Otters Squad
I started swimming at Chalfont Otters at the age of six and went on to compete to County Level and in the National Arena League.  I still train at the Club and now also enjoy coaching and encouraging the younger swimmers.  I was recently selected by the ASA to take part in the 2016/17 Youth Sport Trust Talent Programme for young coaches. I also teach swimming at David Lloyd and Swimwell, which enables me to teach children from two years old through the ASA Stages and into Competitive Swimmings.

Qualifications:
  • ASA Level Award 1 Teaching Aquatics
  • ASA Level Award 2 Teaching Aquatics
  • British Swimming Timekeeper Award
  • ASA Aquatics Helper Award
  • St John Ambulance Essential First Aid for Sports Coaches
  • Sports Coach UK Keeping Safe in Sport: Safeguarding for Young Volunteers

Emily Moss

Coach Academy Squad
I started swimming at Chalfont Otters at the age of nine and represented the Club in many competitions up to County Level and in the National Arena League. I started off as a poolside assistant and then went on to gain my ASA qualifications. I have been a member of my university swim team and represented them in Sheffield at the BUCS Championships. I am studying to become a Primary School Teacher and the experience I have gained at the Club it has helped me enormously.
         Prior to starting University in 2015 I was the Academy Coach.  I now cover all squads as and when required when I am back from University.

Qualifications:
  • ASA Level1 Award in Teaching Aquatics
  • ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics
  • British Red Cross First Aid Qualification
  • British Swimming Timekeeper Award
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