Coaches

Head Coach – Ian Blyth – Group 4

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.

Ian Blyth

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.  I started by helping the Group 2 coaches and now, having gained my Coaching Level 1, I coach Group 3.

It is important that every swimmer has goals and aspirations and it is the coach’s job to provide the inspiration, motivation and training that provides the best opportunity for the swimmer to achieve them.

Simon Haarburger

Marks Simms – Group 2

I’ve been involved with Thame Swimming Club since 2010 when my daughters became members of the club. Having been involved in sport throughout my life, and seeing my daughters thrive in the sport, I decided to become an ASA swimming coach in 2015.

I am now a Qualified J2S Swimming Official and regularly attend galas to officiate on behalf of Thame Swimming Club. I currently coach training Groups 2 and 2+ on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

My aim is to help every Thame swimmer to reach their full potential in their swimming.

Mark Simms

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.

Karen Powell

Lucy North – Group 1 & Fundamentals

I have been teaching swimming lessons at Thame for over 10 years, having qualified as a swimming teacher in 2005, and so when my eldest son joined Thame Swimming Club in 2013 I volunteered as a coach.

I coach Group 1 on Friday and Sunday evenings giving a warm welcome to new swimmers who are joining the club. I also coach the Fundamentals Group on a Tuesday evening which is comprised of younger swimmers experiencing club training for the first time.

My role as Group 1 & Fundamentals 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. Thame is a competitive swimming club and so I make it a priority to encourage and support the Group 1 swimmers entering their first galas.

All three of my children 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!

Lucy North

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.

Holly Revill

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.

James Newton

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.

George Finch