A little information about me...
My name is Alice. I'm a mum to two boys and I'm a triathlete. Swimming is a large part of my life - I teach and coach swimming to all ages and levels of swimmers but with a particular interest in coaching older children and adults in triathlon and multi-sport swimming. I'm always willing to help, advise, encourage or just talk about swimming and triathlon. My son swims in a club at Regional level, in the breaststroke.
Since 2015 I have qualified regularly for the GB age-group team in Sprint Triathlon and Aquathlon for the World and European Championships. I love to race in Triathlon and Aquathlon, I also take part in road running, sportives and open water swimming. In 2019 I will be racing in World Champs Aquathlon in Spain and World Champs Triathlon (draft-legal) in Switzerland.
I am chair of the local triathlon club (Meridian Triathlon) and have been a volunteer (committee, J1 official and coach) at Royston Swimming Club since 2011.
My coaching experience:
Royston Leisure Centre - adults 1-2-1 & group lessons for beginners, improvers & advanced swimmers.
McSplash in Melbourn - Children 1-2-1 lessons; Children's skills clinics in breastroke and butterfly.
St, Christopher's School in Letchworth - school swimming.
Box End Lake in Bedford & private lake venue - open water and swimming for triathlon.
Royston Swimming Club & Meridian Triathlon Club - volunteer club coach.
how i teach:
My own swimming coaches drummed into me the importance of technique training and it's how I now teach and coach all of my swimmers - no matter what their goal or age. Training for technique may take patience & time but long term it pays dividends, delivering sustainable and improving achievements.
In the pool I believe in the importance of getting the basics right first and being a good swimmer, not just a good front crawl swimmer. All the strokes and all the water skills improve all elements of swimming.
It's important that training is fun and interesting as well as bringing results and achievements. My aim is that everyone I coach to swim finds enjoyment and a healthy lifestyle through their sport and to continue swimming not because they have to but because they really want to.
ASA level two qualified as a pool swim teacher and Coach in Open Water swimming
BTF Level 2 Triathlon Coach
Level one qualifications with British Cycling & England Athletic as ride and run leader
CPDs with the ASA in teaching adults, disability swimming & competitive swimming
Workshop in strength & conditioning for swimmers
NRASTC qualified (National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches)
I am not a Swimsmooth certified coach but did attend their 3-day coach education course this summer in Mallorca and spent time learning about video analysis and front crawl correction with Paul Newsome. It confirmed to me that what I was coaching was correct and furnished me with new ways to inform correction techniques and progressions to my swimmers.