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Coaches

We have a highly qualified team of coaches with vast experience and history in many different areas of swimming. We all share one common goal to help each child achieve their potential in a fun and friendly environment.

 

As our swimmers get older, they are given the opportunity to begin working on poolside shadowing the current coaching team before being allowed to start coaching themselves. We see this as a great opportunity to educate our older swimmers further and to also strengthen the team spirit throughout the club, giving our younger swimmers the opportunity to learn from their elder teammates.

Ross Mathieson (Head Coach)

 

Ross has been with the club since 2010 after a number of years as a competitive swimmer. In his time with the club, Ross has progressed from poolside helper to Lead Coach with Bronze Squad before later leading Silver Squad and was then named Head Coach in November 2014. Ross is a UKCC Level 2 Qualified Coach and is also a qualified swim teacher and leads the coaching team and is responsible for the development of all club swimmers.

Emma Thomson (Bronze Squad Lead Coach)

 

Emma leads our Bronze Squad and is responsible for the development of all swimmers as they enter the club. Emma is a UKCC Level 1 Qualfied Coach and is also a qualfied swim coach with a number of years experience in both roles and possesses great knowledge in the technical development of young swimmers. Emma also swam competitively in East Lothian for a number of years.

John McManus

 

John has been part of the club for a number of years and joined the coaching team as his daughters progressed through the club. John is qualified at UKCC Level 1 and is also a qualified official and brings a great knowledge of swimming to the club.

Sarah-Jane Edmonds

 

Sarah joined the coaching team as her son progressed through the club and works primarily with our Bronze Squad swimmers. Sarah is a UKCC Level 1 qualified coach and also helps out with disability swimming in the county and with school swimming lessons in Tranent.

Katie Choppen

 

Katie has been a member of TASC from a young age and also swam with East Lothian Swim Team for a number of years before returning to the club as a coach. Katie is a qualified UKCC Level 1 coach and helps out with all squads as she looks to grow as a coach. Katie also leads our landtraining sessions for Silver and Gold Squads and is also now taking steps into teaching as well.

Fraser Clark

 

Fraser began coaching as his children entered the club and has since worked primarily with our Silver Squad. Fraser is a UKCC Level 1 qualified coach and is a regular Masters swimmer with East Lothian Masters.

Abby Mellon

 

Abby has been a member of TASC for a number of years and also swam competitively with East Lothian Swim Team before returning to the club as a coach. Abby is a qualified UKCC Level 1 coach and is also a qualified teacher and brings a great amount of knowledge to poolside.

Peter Milburn

 

Peter has been a member of the club for over 30 years joining as a youngster and competing at a high level before beginning as a coach. Peter brings a great amount of knowledge and wealth of experience to poolside and has worked with hundreds of swimmers in his time with the club.

Ailidh McManus

 

Ailidh has been a member of TASC from a young age progressing through the club and then swimming with East Lothian Swim Team at a national level. Ailidh returned to the club as a coach and has since been using her vast experience and knowledge to help the swimmers grow. Ailidh is a UKCC Level 1 qualified coach and works with our Bronze and Silver squads.

Innes McArthur

 

Innes has been a member of TASC for a number of years and also swam competitively with East Lothian Swim Team at a national level. Innes is currently our Club Captain and started coaching with the club as part of the role but has taken the coaching role on gaining great knowledge as a coach and working well with our young swimmers.

Jodie Valentine

 

Jodie has been a member of TASC from a young age building great knowledge and experience. Jodie is currently Club Captain and started coaching with the club as part of that role and now holds a UKCC Level 1 Coaching qualification. Jodie has helped out on poolside at a number of competitions and has a great relationship with our swimmers.

Alyx Cunningham

 

Alyx began swimming with TASC at a young age before progressing to East Lothian Swimming Team and competing at a national level. Alyx returned to the club in 2015 as a coach and has used her great wealth of experience and knowledge to help our swimmers develop their technique.