Lead Coach - Gold Squads
I started swimming with Bathgate at
the age of 11 and quickly moved through the squads to become part of the Swim
West Lothian Performance Squad. I have competed at many senior competitions
including Scottish Schools Finals and Scottish Nationals as well as being a
District Finalist and West Lothian Champion. My favourite stroke is
Breaststroke and I was consistently ranked in the top 5 in Scotland for my age
I have twice competed
internationally with the team representing Scotland in Germany where I won
medals for a variety of events. I was selected to captain the team in 2011 when
I was interviewed for a German Newspaper.
I won the Club 400, three years in
a row, and hold several club records.
I was invited to help teaching with
Bathgate when I stopped competitive swimming to focus on my studies in 2012. I
now coach the Silver Squad and I returned to Swim West Lothian as part of their
new National Potential squad in 2014.
I work in IT at Sky in Livingston,
love seeing swimmers achieve their goals, watching live music and eating
Terry's Chocolate Oranges.
I have been swimming since I was just a baby and
have always loved it. I started swimming in countless galas when I was around 7
where backstroke was both my best and favourite stroke. I also won quite a few
medals and other achievements with the club including the 8 and under club
champs in 2006 and the 10yrs champs in 2008 - the photos of which are still on
For a short period I also trained with Swim West
Lothian then finished swimming at age 11 but now currently swim in the Bathgate
It was not until I had to volunteer somewhere as
part of my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award that I got back in touch with
the club (about 3 years later) and began my journey to passing my level one in
This year (2015) I am 17, in my last year at
school and hoping to go to university somewhere in Scotland to study business
management. In my free time I like to watch a lot of TV and go out with
I began swimming at the age of 5 and have been
with BASC for a number of years now, firstly as a competitive swimmer then
moving on to water helping with tadpoles. I then started to shadow coaches
around poolside until I achieved my Level 1 teaching in September 2013.
Coaching is great fun and I enjoy passing my experience and knowledge onto the
At present I am studying Psychology at the
University of Edinburgh.
Lead Coach Tadpoles
I learned to swim from the age of 5. I joined
Bathgate Swimming Club when I was 11 back in 2008. I swam competitively for 5
years representing BASC and Swim West Lothian. I had always aspired to be a
coach so I began water helping at the start of 2012, progressing on to shadow
coach around poolside and complete my level 1 teaching in the summer of 2013.
My favourite stroke is Frontcrawl.
I recently finished school at St. Kentigerns
Academy and I now work at Standard Life.
I joined Bathgate at age of 9 in
Tank 1 and have now progressed to the Swim West Lothian Performance Squad. I
train just over 20hours a week with a mix of land conditioning and pool work.
My favourite stokes are Butterfly and Freestyle and I was a part of the Swim
West Lothian team that came 8th in the 2014 Scottish Team Championships. I
represented Scotland in Germany in 2011, have now won the club 400 two years in
a row and have my eye on a number of longstanding club records.
As a member of the Swim West
Lothian Performance squad, all swimmers are encouraged to return to assist
their own club once a month and this has led to me being appointed as coach for
the Masters and Adult Improvers on a Friday night as well as writing sets for
their other sessions.
I am currently in 5th year at
Bathgate Academy where I really enjoy Maths and Computing. I do not have much
spare time, but enjoy games on my x-box, watching tv and playing with my dogs.
I swam for about 9 years when I was younger for
Trojan, I also swam with the West Lothian Squad for about 4 years of this time.
I represented West Lothian in a number of competitions including a few
international galas. I won a number of East District golds including holding
the 4x50m IM relay for a two consecutive years. I also had a brief stint
with Heriot Watt University, however I suffered a serious injury so had to
stop. I joined Bathgate following an operation on my injury in 2013 as a
After about 9 months with the club, I was asked
to help out by taking the land training for Masters on a Friday night. I then
went on to take the Level 1 Teachers course and now take the Silver Squad for
land training along with the Masters squad. My ambition for the squad is to
help the kids progress in swimming by giving them an idea of what areas to work
on to help their strokes in a fun and challenging way.
In my spare time away from swimming I work as a
Structural Engineer designing bridges and am currently training with a few
Masters swimmers for Tough Mudder in June.
Swimming has always been a recreational
sport I have enjoyed and loved to do - even when I was a baby! I joined BASC
when I had just started high school and thoroughly enjoyed progressing and
excelling in the strokes, while swimming in a social and competitive
atmosphere. After progressing up to Gold squad, I had to leave the training
aspect of swimming to concentrate on my studies. However I remained as a part
of the club and undertook the role as one of the water-helpers which had always
been a passion of mine, and one that I wanted to take further, alongside my
studies at University.
the beginning of 2015, I was pleased to became level 1 qualified and I look
forward to teaching and coaching children of all abilities in the club!