10 years ago, when his daughter joined the Leamington Swimming Reception squad, rather than sit on the poolside during training sessions, Graham volunteered to help. Starting with a swimming teaching qualification, as time went by his enthusiasm and talent for coaching swimming became apparent. Graham passed all his coaching qualifications with flying colours. He’s been involved in many of the squads and now plays a vital role as Performance Head Coach for an increasing numbers of top swimmers. Many of these youngsters qualify to participate in the Midlands and National Swimming Championships, an achievement that takes a lot of time, dedication and support from the coaching team.
Swimmers have to put in many hours of training to compete at the highest levels, and Graham is so dedicated that he manages to fit both early morning and evening coaching sessions around his full time job. He is responsible for seven 2 hour sessions each week and everyone at the club is grateful for his commitment and enthusiasm for the sport.
Graham commented “I really love the sport and it has been great to see some of the young swimmers that I started coaching develop through local, regional and now national levels. The first group of 8 and 9 year olds I worked with are now going on to University. Another fantastic experience is the summer training camp in Croatia. This year we’re taking 12 swimmers to camp and they really love it”.
He has been the inspiration for a new generation of swimmers who have themselves become involved in teaching and coaching the sport.
Graham has collaboratively worked with Nuneaton, Stratford and Blythe swimming clubs to provide the right training regime for the most talented top swimmers, forming Team Mercia. This is vital to enable swimmers from local clubs such as Leamington to compete on an equal footing with the larger swimming clubs here in the UK.
He’s a great ambassador for Leamington sport and we’re delighted to award him a Tissot watch as our latest Sporting Hero.