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Coaches and Support Staff selected for Gold Coast 2018

The first four Team England coaches heading to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April have been announced.

National Centre Bath coach David McNulty will be attending his fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games for Team England. He has coached for England at every Games since Manchester 2002. At Glasgow 2014, his group of swimmers from Bath won 15 medals. He is also one of the most successful British Olympic coaches, with five swimmers winning six medals over the last three Olympic Games. Commenting on his selection, McNulty said: “It’s always a huge honour and a privilege to represent England at a Commonwealth Games. To not only take on the very best athletes in the Commonwealth, but to also go head to head with Australia on their turf makes this one a great competition to look forward to and relish. This is really what it’s all about.”

Mel Marshall and Jolyon Finck will be heading into their second Commonwealth Games, after making their debuts at Glasgow 2014. Based at the National Centres in Loughborough and Bath respectively. The pair are coaches to two of the best swimmers in the world at the moment, Olympic and World Champion Adam Peaty, and Olympic and World medallist James Guy.

British Para-Swimming National Coach, Graeme Smith, will be supporting the Para-Swimming athletes. An Olympic bronze medallist, Smith has played athlete support roles at the Olympic Games and previously managed athletes including Rebecca Adlington and Keri-anne Payne.

Commenting on the coach selections, Head Coach Kevin Renshaw said: “I am delighted with the first coaching selections we have made for Team England heading to the Gold Coast next year. They are coaches that have very good experience behind them and all know what it takes to win medals at the highest level. All are strong characters who exhibit all the characteristics and behaviours required to help Team England achieve their goals on the Gold Coast in April.”

Also announced were five members of the support team. Physiotherapists Jane Carre and Dan Nicholls, sports scientists Claire Lobb and Abi Clarkson, and strength and conditioning coach Dan Waddingham will all take on key athlete support roles in the run up to and during the Commonwealth Games.

Sports Science and Medicine Lead Diane Elliot said: “The team we have appointed brings together a wealth of experience in swimming, and also from other sports.

“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will provide a great opportunity for staff currently working within the Swim England talent pathway to develop themselves, and learn about the team behaviours that are required at a major multi-sport event.”

Jane Carre’s role on the Gold Coast will be Lead Physiotherapist. She currently works as an EIS (English Institute of Sport) Senior Physiotherapist, and also works at the National Centre with the GB team.She has good experience of supporting athletes at this level. Carre worked on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a physiotherapist.

Dan Nicholls will be taking on the role of Physiotherapist for the Team England swimming athletes. He currently works as an extended scope physiotherapist within his own private practice. He has also worked with the Swim England Talent team for six years, delivering lectures and talks at conferences and phase camps.

Nicholls has worked at a number of international events with GBR Basketball and England Athletics. He also worked as a LOCOG physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Nicholls said: “I am extremely honoured and proud to be selected to be part of such an amazing event. I am looking forward to meeting the athletes and the rest of the support staff over the coming months.”

Claire Lobb will act as Lead Sports Scientist for the Team England swimming team. She is an integral part of the British Swimming staff and has performed the role of Sports Scientist at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as numerous World and European Championships. Although she has plenty of experience of supporting GB internationally, this will be her first Commonwealth Games.

Abi Clarkson is a well-established performance scientist who has a wealth of experience delivering sports science support within swimming. She currently works for the City of Manchester Aquatics team and is a valued member of the Swim England Talent sports science team.

Clarkson said: “I am excited to take on the challenge that this post offers. I am sure that I can meet that challenge and add value to the overall aim of the Swim England team.” Dan Waddingham will be taking on the role of Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Team England swimming athletes. Waddingham currently works at Millfield where he is the Athletic Development Lead for Millfield Swimming. He has both practical experience and academic knowledge of how to effectively prepare athletes for major international competitions.

Waddingham said: “I am very proud to be selected to represent Swim England at the Commonwealth Games as Strength and Conditioning Coach. I am very excited about taking on the challenge."

Sports Science and Medicine Lead Diane Elliot is confident in the selections so far. She said: “The team we have appointed brings together a wealth of experience in swimming, and also from other sports.

“The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will provide a great opportunity for staff currently working within the Swim England Talent pathway to develop themselves. They will have a chance to learn about the team behaviours that are required at a major multi-sport event.”

The coaching and support staff announcements on 26 October 2017 follow the announcement earlier this month of the first 15 swimming athletes. The remaining coaches and athletes will be selected following the Swim England National Winter Championships 2017 taking place between the 13-17 December. The final team will be announced later this year.


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Published
26.10.2017