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Head Coach: Craig Prime

Craig

I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself to you all now I have taken up the post of Head Coach, and to provide you with some background information and my coaching philosophy.

My name is Craig Prime and I am a UKCC Level 3 Senior Swim Coach and have a First Class Degree (with Honors) in Sport and Exercise Science. I have been Head Coach with Wrexham SC for the past 6yrs and before that, over the past 20yrs, have been involved in swimming as an athlete and coach at various clubs. I am currently part of the Swim Wales National Coaching Development Staff where I support the National Squads.

Over the past 6yrs coaching I have worked and developed swimmers at all levels, supporting them achieve their first Regional QT, National QT and National Medals. Whilst at Wrexham we have also put numerous swimmers on Welsh Squads (most recently Ethan Taylor – Oct 2018), had swimmers qualify for the British Summer Nationals & British Championships, plus represent GB and Malaysia at International Events.

I have also lead the clubs development to become the strongest club in North Wales. This has included increasing the membership base and coaching staff, increasing pool time and success at all levels of the sport.

I believe that for each swimmer to reach their full potential they firstly need a passion for the sport, become committed to the sport and to continuously develop their knowledge of the sport and themselves as an athlete. In order to achieve this I will develop a challenging and enjoyable environment to give the swimmers the opportunity and support to reach their full potential.

Keep Swimming.

Junior Development Coach: Amanda Wetherell (Development and Bronze Groups)

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I have always been active and love all types of sports. Fun fact, I first went swimming when I was just 2 weeks old and have loved the water ever since.

I went to the City of Bath College, where I qualified as a sports therapist and health and fitness instructor. I then went to the University of East London, where I achieved BSC HONS in Fitness and Health, for the past 20 years I have continued to work in the fitness and sports field, as a fitness instructor, health club manager, sports coach and sports therapist.

I have a wonderful family, my husband was a rugby player and also bobsleighed for Team GB, my daughters both enjoy sports and are swimmers and I am a proud swim mum!

After the girls discovered their love for swimming, I got involved with the swim club on a voluntary basis. During our time in the USA I became more involved with the competitive age group coaching programme, working with ‘Coach Dale' he is one of kind and an amazing mentor, with over 25 years experience with USA swimming. When we returned to the UK I did my level 1 and level 2 coaching and  joined the City of Glasgow Swim Team, Tollcross International Swimming Pool where the European championships where held in 2018 was the team’s home pool.

Alongside swim coaching I work as a sports therapist, I enjoy working with swimmers, runners and of course rugby players, Glasgow Warriors was my team for the past 2 seasons.

I am excited to start a new adventure with Wrexham Swimming Club, I am looking forward to developing the swimmers and growing the success of the club.

Previous clubs: Bolles School Sharks, Jacksonville, Florida and City of Glasgow Swim Team, Glasgow.

Junior Development Coach: Nick Tynan (Seals and Sharks Groups)

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My name is Nick Tynan, I am a qualified level 3 club coach. I have been involved with Wrexham Swimming Club for 25 years. 24 of those years as a coach.

I became involved with the club when my daughter Lowri joined at the age of 6 and started helping with team managing etc soon after. I was a volunteer coach for 20 odd years & am now contracted to the club on a part time basis as a Junior Development Coach. During Lowri's swimming career she swam for Wales & Great Britain, representing her country in 3 Commonwealth games & GB in World Championships & a number of International competitions.

I feel that the success Lowri enjoyed with her swimming is achievable for other swimmers in the club & I believe that I can help our youngsters to go on and achieve the very best that they can be within their sport.

I have to admit that on a personal level I enjoy the coaching aspect of what I do & get a good deal of pleasure to see the kids delight at every success they achieve. Hopefully I'll be here for a good few more years to see another Wrexham swimmer in the Welsh squad.

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Amanda Roberts

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I have been a strength and conditioning coach for ten years with experience working in Taekwondo, fencing, tennis and swimming.
 
I have had the privilege of coaching a number of elite GB fencers during this time and feel equally privileged to work with Wrexham Swimming Club. 
 
I’ve been with the club approximately 8 years. My role has grown from volunteering a couple of stretching sessions a week to the Gold Squad to planning and delivering the strength and conditioning programme for the whole club. 
 
My goal is to build strong, well balanced and confident athletes. 

Volunteer Coach: Julie Benton

Julie Benton

I’m Julie Benton and I have a son, Ethan, who swims in Silver A.  I've been involved in swimming from an early age and was, at the age of 13, the 8th fastest female swimmer in the UK. I’m very passionate about swimming as a sport and get great pleasure from coaching children to develop as swimmers.

I’ve been qualified as a Level 1 Assistant Coach since 2017; since being with the club I have undertaken numerous qualification and courses to support Wrexham SC:

  • Leadership award
  • Safeguarding and protecting children
  • Rescue test holder (3rd time completing course).
  • Poolside manager
  • The individual stroke CPD's
  • First Aid
  • Committee member
  • Event’s organiser

Volunteer Coach: Jayne Bowyer-Jones

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I am Jane Bowyer-Jones, one of the main reasons to join swimming was because @ 1981 I joined Karate, which was held in the basement of the Wrexham swimming baths, but a coach kicked me, something to do with my stance (It is a contact sport!) so the following week I joined Swimming club within the same building, purely fate I would say.

I started my swimming career as a Wrexham junior swimmer, I competed for the club in many competitions over various different levels, travelling twice with the club to compete against our twin town Neuenrade in Germany. During this time I became 'Ladies' club captain and in 1991 I successfully passed my Level 1 swimming teaching qualification, around the same time I passed my bronze medallion life saving qualification. I continued to compete with Wrexham team until approximately 1993. The coaches who inspired and supported me in the Swimming Club were, the late Jack Roberts, Cliff Stritch and Ken Jones.

In 1994 I successfully passed my Level 2 swimming teachers qualification, taught to me by Marian Williams who is still with the club today. I have been a part of the Wrexham Masters team, again being coached by Cliff Stritch, and competing in local swimming competitions. Between 1998 and 2001 I was employed as a swimming teacher for adults and children within the new Waterworld facility (post refurbishment). During the early 2000 my son Jack joined Wrexham Swimming Club as a junior swimmer, where I assisted as a volunteer club coach whilst he was a member.

Approximately 2010 my son Oliver joined Wrexham swimming club, starting in the Seals group, I have assisted as a volunteer coach throughout Oliver's progression in the club. During the many years Oliver has been part of Wrexham Swimming Club I have successfully passed my life-guarding exam four times, I have assisted as poolside team manager at swimming Galas and I am currently the safeguarding/welfare officer.

I have always been passionate about swimming either in the pool as a competitive swimmer, social swimmer, or more recently as an outdoor open water swimmer.

I remain loyal to Wrexham swimming club as a volunteer coach and I am committed to encourage and develop all young swimmers to achieve their full potential.    

Volunteer Coach: Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes My name is Martin Hughes and I am a Primary school Teacher within the Wrexham area, and also have a qualification in swim teaching. I have been supporting the club and swimmers for the last few years in different capacities, and now enjoy spending time coaching, motivating and supporting the swimmers during training sessions and in galas. Having a Masters in Education, specifically means I have a good understanding of child development and how best the swimmers learn and engage fully in sessions. Another role I like to take on is that of mindset development and exploring limiting factors based on self awareness within swimmers. This comes from a number of years spent in the British Armed Forces where understanding the power of the mind and its capabilities are a key factor to success. Ensuring that the swimmers become proficient reflective practitioners will help them feedback to themselves and the coaching staff effectively, and will contribute to their continued development and success. 

Volunteer Coach: Pete Jones

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My name is Peter Jones (Pete) and I have been a volunteer coach for Wrexham Swimming Club for 36 years. I have attended most coaching courses held in North Wales during that time. 

My time in the main has been spent with young swimmers following their acceptance into Wrexham Swimming Club, developing their ability, particularly their technique in all four strokes before moving on to the training groups.

Initially I became involved in coaching at the time my own children were members of the club and I was asked to participate in poolside couching. I have always enjoyed being able to develop children’s skills and encourage them to continue with their interest in competitive swimming.

It also gives me satisfaction to know that those children who do not continue to .competition level leave the club as competent swimmers.

Pete

Volunteer Coach: Sian Clayton

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I have been working close with the club for a good 4 years possibly 5, I have 2 swimmers in the club Will and Ruby who are  both in gold squad.
 
Sport is my passion, I've done rather a few different sporting activities along the way and get a thrill from trying new and challenging sports out, I understand the pressure and commitment that our swimmers put themselves under from participating to being the on the other side as a supportive parent/coach
 
Team manager cert holder
Level 1 coaching cert holder
Life guard cert holder
Judge 1 
Sports and conditioning assistant 
Awaiting on Level 2 gym instructor course 
Survivor of swim camp 2017

Volunteer Coach: Marian Williams

Marian Williams
I attended Chelsea College of Physical Education and my initial professional qualification is in the Art and Science of Movement. I later gained a Masters in Education.  I first started teaching swimming in 1968 as a student , tutored by Olympic swimmers.  My interest in swimming teaching continued through out my teaching career of 39 years.  My final teaching qualification was an Advanced Teacher which made me a Fellow of The institute of Swimming Teachers (FIST).  I have taught swimming in South, West and North Wales.  When I moved to Wrexham in 1977 my 3 children joined Wrexham swimming Club and I helped teach along side Pete and Margaret Stritch with the non swimmers. I became more involved and took my Coaching awards and became a Licensed Club coach which is Level 3
 
I enjoy seeing the swimmers progressing through the club and develop into competent and proficient performers and I have had the opportunity to watch a few Wrexham swimmers acquire national level and represent Wales.  It still  amazes  me how hard the swimmers work to achieve their goals and I am thrilled when they are successful. Be it for competing, achieving a PB or gaining a medal.  I am surprised how quickly they grow up and I still remember them as little ones doing their first 25 m.  I am now helping the children of the swimmers I first coached at Wrexham progress through the club.
 
I was very involved with Welsh schools swimming and I was President, secretary, team manager and coach of the Organisation. I attended the  annual WISE (Wales, Ireland, England, Scotland)Internationals for a number of years .  I was on the steering committee when the UK Schools Games was instigated and I attended the inaugural games in Scotland and future years as a team manager for Wales.   I organised the North East Wales schools swimming squad for a number of years for our annual competition against the other Welsh areas and I managed to highlight the quality of the swimmers in  North  Wales and they , including  Wrexham swimmers achieved places in the  Welsh Schools Team.
 
I was also president of the North Wales Swimming association.  

Volunteer Coach: Deb Skelly

Deb Skelly
Hi my name is Deb and I am a volunteer coach. 
I became involved with the club when my son started swimming in 2016.
I am a level 2 swimming teacher and a level 1 coach. 
 

 

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