Coaches
 
Head Coach - Ian Blyth - Group 4     Ian Blyth
 

I've been coaching for the last 22 years, mainly with the Maxwell swim club and have coached swimmers of all levels from County champions to National age group champions. I've also coached disability swimmers to British and European records.

I'm keen on all sports and played most to a good standard in my time. I still swim when I can, coaching permitting.

My aim is to help as many of the swimmers to improve their personal best swimming times. I coach Group 1 on a Sunday, Group 2 on Friday and Groups 3 & 4 and I aim to coach all groups at least once a month.

 
 
 
 
   
 
Simon Haarburger

Simon Haarburger - Group 3

I became involved with Thame Swimming Club in 2006 when it was part of WDSC.  Since then I have always enjoyed seeing our young swimmers strive to reach their potential and believe that we have yet to their best performances.  To this end, I started helping Rob Briars to coach Group 2 at Princes Risborough on Sunday nights, and more recently with Ian Keys. 

It is important that every swimmer has goals and aspirations and it the coach’s job to provide the inspiration, motivation and training that provides the best opportunity for the swimmer to achieve them.  Due to Committee and work commitments it has been difficult to train for Level 1 coaching, however this is now my firmly on the agenda for 2015.

 
 
 
 
   
 

Marks Simms - Group 2

I first became involved with Thame swimming Club in 2010, I have two daughters that swim in groups 2+ and 4. I am a qualified J2S swimming official and regularly attended galas to officiate on behalf of Thame Swimming Club.

After being involved in sport throughout my life, and seeing my daughters thrive in the sport, I decided to take the ASA swim coaching course to further my knowledge of swimming in 2015. I currently coach group 2 and 2+ on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

 
 
 
   
 
Karen Powell

Karen Powell - Group 1+

I am married with 2 children and have been fully qualified teacher since 1994. I have lots of experience in various types of swimming lessons. I am an active person who enjoys a round of golf and I used to play league hockey.

I teach swimming lessons at Thame Leisure Centre on Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and I coach Thame Swimming Club Group 1+ on a Wednesday evening

 

 
 
 
   
 
Lucy North

Lucy North - Group 1

I have been teaching swimming lessons at Thame for just over 9 years. Last year my eldest son joined Thame swimming Club, so I also volunteered as a coach.  I coach Group 1, lanes 1 and 2, every Friday and Sunday.  I am there to  give a warm welcome to new swimmers who are joining the club.  My role as a coach is to ease the transition between swim school and competitive swimming, introducing the children to stamina and fitness training, whilst improving technical elements of their swimming (you may also see me on a Sunday night helping with Group 2 training at Princes Risborough).

Both my sons are now members of the club and I love being a part of the coaching team at Thame. It’s a real pleasure to see the children that I have taught from the age of 5 coming up through the ranks to become great swimmers!

 
 
 
 
   
 
Holly Revill

Holly Revill - Group 1

I started swimming with Wycombe Swimming Club in 2008 and have been with Thame Swimming Club since it began in 2009. I now coach Group 1 on a Friday and Sunday evening and really enjoy seeing the younger swimmers progress up through the club.



 
   
     
 
 
   
 
James Newton

James Newton - Assistant Coach Group 1

I joined Thame Swimming Club back in 2009, have been swimming competitively for 7 years and participating in 8 Club Champs. I became a Level 1 swimming teacher in October 2015 and enjoyed teaching younger children ever since. Now I’m becoming more interested in helping older children improve more complex aspects of their technique.





 
   
     
 
 
   
 
George Finch

George Finch - Assistant Coach Group 1

I first started my competitive swimming career around 2004 under WDSC. During my time as a swimmer I raced for Thame Swimming Club at County, Regional and Zonal standard. I moved to Maxwell Swimming Club in 2012 to race in the 2013 and 2014 National Championships. In 2014 I moved back to WDSC and also raced for Buckinghamshire New University, where I studied Sports Science and Coaching and was awarded with a sports scholarship. 

Although I don't swim any more, I like to keep my toes in the water by coaching Thames youngest swimmers, with the goal of providing them with a solid platform upon which they can build a successful and rewarding career within swimming.

   
 
       
 
 
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