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Natare West London strives to provide a motivating and inspiring environment in which our team can be both ‘happy’ and ‘successful’. Meet the team below.
Welcome to Natare.
As a professional athlete, I was privileged to compete and win medals at every level of international competition, the highlight being a Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I spent time training and living in Saõ Paolo, Paris and Vienna whilst reading Sports Performance: Physiology, Strength & Conditioning from the University of Bath. Throughout my professional sports career, I have worked in multiple ambassadorial roles, establishing strong links with global brands such as BP, BMW, British Gas and Speedo.
The combination of physiological and psychological health is very important to me, especially when it comes to high-pressure environments. I am personally involved in championing the integral relationship between balancing physical with emotional and mental health through an ambassadorial role with Laureus.
Since stepping away from competitive sport, I recognised this vital link was missing and affected my ability to transition from a performance athlete.
My journey led me to spend time at meditation retreats and study Yoga. These experiences have guided and shaped my interest in mindfulness and its ability to form positive habitual behaviours for both athletes and non-athletes alike.
Alongside my swimming career I studied Sports Science at Loughborough University from 2007 to 2011. During this time I was involved in major swimming competitions around the world with my best performance achieving me a place on the Olympic team at London 2012.
I transitioned naturally into coaching in 2016 with some of the most talented juniors in the world at Hamilton Aquatics in Dubai. The next step came when I moved into a head coach role in Malta where I guided the Sirens team to their first ever Championship trophy, becoming the best team on the island. Additionally, again for the first time in the club’s history I placed three swimmers on the World Championship team and another two on teams for the European Juniors and European Youth Olympics.
Now a UKCC Level 3 coach, I work alongside the team on the delivery of the swimming programme, aiding the development and progression of our Juniors and Seniors and tying this in with the wellness and holistic goals we share as a team.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Sports Science in 2008, a PGDip in Strength & Conditioning from The University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree in Strength & Conditioning from Cardiff Metropolitan University. I am a UKSCA accredited coach and am undertaking a PhD in holistic swimming performance through CMU and authoring a book titled Strength & Conditioning for Swimming for the Crowood press.
Through my work with a number of exceptional athletes and coaching teams, I am fortunate to be recognised as an elite practitioner in high performance swimming. During the Rio 2016 Olympic games I was selected to provide final preparation and race-readiness support to the British Swimming squad during their most successful games to date.
My experience spans a multitude of sports and across varying performance levels. This background gives me a unique holistic view and insight into athletic development.
A central pillar of my philosophy is to empower the NWL athletes with the knowledge, tools and behaviours to take ownership of their journey so they have the ability to maximise both their enjoyment and potential.
My career in swimming culminated with representative honours for Great Britain at both Junior and Senior level. I have spent time within a number of performance training environments both here in the UK at The University of Edinburgh and in Australia at the Southport Olympic Swim Team. This combination of experiences mean I am delighted to now be working as part of a team at NWL who are committed to authoring a truly holistic long term athletic and personal development framework.
Following my retirement from swimming in 2014 I moved into a commercial management role and was responsible for the marketing and promotion of the Edinburgh International Swim Meet, which is one of the largest swim meets in the UK. This experience combined with roles in business development has equipped me with a strong skillset in the areas of leadership and operations.
Fortunately, I am now able to work in support of the NWL vision with my key responsibilities aligned in the areas of operations and logistics with the overarching aim to be to provide the platform for our athletes to be happy and successful.