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Our Coaches

Neil Stephenson - Head Coach

Neil Stephenson has been head coach since 2008, and with Adwick since 2002, when his kids joined the club to learn to swim. An experienced teacher and coach he has ASA qualifications in both areas to level 2, and often helps out with JDS squad at DARTES.

Like many at the club Neil was a swimmer himself when young, swimming for Askern Spa with his favourite breaststroke but loves to watch (NOT SWIM) butterfly. He enjoys listening to the Killers and eating roast beef dinners.

A keen supporter of Manchester United (least said the better) he also played & enjoys watching rugby league, when he gets the chance that is. As head coach Neil has a huge time committment to the club. He says "I teach every individual with encouragement and enjoyment, installing the basics to help them achieve their goals. I would say to the kids to believe everything is possible and strive to perfect everything you do".

Neil won the Doncaster Pride Sports Hero of 2011 and came second in the National Swimtastic Top Teacher Awards 2011. Well done Neil

Mick Nicholson - assistant coach

Mick Nicholson has been teaching and coaching in Doncaster for many years. He has previously been head coach at Adwick and DARTES and now runs teaching on a Friday evening at Adwick. You will see him moving around the pools getting an overview of how things are going. He also assesses new members to see which group they should go in.

Louise Hood - assistant coach

Louise Hood has been involved with Adwick since 2006. Holder of the level 2 ASA swimming teachers qualification she can be found on poolside on a Friday evening, and coaches the bottom lane of A squad. She also runs the web page. She works as a physiologist (human biologist) and loves listening to all sorts of music. Her biggest swimming achievement was doing the postal swim in 2010, swimming 66 lengths of the pool in one hour (although to be honest all but one of the kids beat her) doing her favourite stroke - breaststroke. Louise says "Adwick ASC is a family, and like all families we pull together to do the best we can. Everyone who helps out is making sure that Adwick swimmers achieve the best they can, while having a fun and exciting time. Seeing my swimmers reach squads and take part in competitions is fantastic and makes me feel proud that I have played a small part in helping them achieve success".

Keith Gilbert - assistant coach

Keith Gilbert has been involved with the club for many years, and has coached poolside both at Adwick and DARTES. A lively character he can be seen helping out squad training. Outside of Adwick he can often be seen in the gym - making sure he is fighting fit to coach all you kids!

Cheryl Pinder - assistant coach

Cheryl Pinder - After watching her daughter progress from lessons to B Squad and to galas she decided it was time to give something back to the club. She started helping as a parent helper on poolside Sept 2013 by shadowing other coaches at B Squad and at Friday lessons and she hasn't looked back since because she absolutely loves it. She loves helping the kids progress and seeing them achieve even small goals is very rewarding. She passed the STA swimming teacher award in Feb 2014. As a child she lived near Adwick Leisure Centre so was in the pool most weekends but unfortunately didn't have lessons so totally self taught in breaststroke only to date! Off poolside she works full time and has been a primary school Governor since 2006. Her favourite meal of all time is fish fingers, chips and garden peas. She hates cheese. She has 2 dogs, she loves music all types. Oh and she loves to laugh.

Kathie Wordsworth - assistant coach

Kathie Wordsworth - I am the mum of Rebecca and Amelia . I have been watching them swim for over 3 years now and thought it was time I helped out behind the scenes and so starting by helping at galas last year. This then led to helping out poolside coaching B Squads. In January and February this year, I undertook the STA Level 1 Teaching Award. I found coaching very daunting at first, not coming from a swimming background myself but now I find I really enjoy it. The other coaches are really supportive and helpful and we have a giggle on occasions too! My favourite stroke to teach is backstroke but my favourite stroke to watch is butterfly. When I am not working and coaching swimming, I enjoy running and I am a member of Askern Running Club. My greatest running achievement was when I finished the Liverpool Marathon. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Lena - teacher

Lena has been with Adwick since the beginning and has been teaching for over 40 years! She has a wealth of experience that she passes onto our younger teachers. Lena has responsibility for the little pool, one of the toughest groups to run. However she manages to build the confidence of our little swimmers with her own unique teaching style.

Paula Humphries - assistant coach

Paula Humphries has been teaching and coaching at the club since 1999, becoming B Squad coach before leaving to have her first, though she first started teaching at Askern aged 16. She was a competitive swimmer for Askern Spa and DARTES as a child, her biggest achievement - winning 2 Yorkshire Gold’s aged 10 - and has happy memories of many years with lots of good friends. An all-round swimmer, she has no favourite stroke but fondly remembers the days when she could swim butterfly effortlessly! She returned to coaching here briefly before having her second child and is now back again coaching B Squad.
A full time mum to Thomas and Caitlin who are both learning to swim with the club, Paula holds other volunteer positions with her local Community Hall and “Friends Of” group. She enjoys sugar craft and reading, both fiction and non-fiction, when she can find the time.

Jasmine Hardy - teacher

Jasmine Hardy helps out when she is at home from her full time job. She can be seen helping out on a Friday evening. Jas herself sometimes trains with Dolphin squad, and takes part in galas when here (well done Jas). Outside of swimming Jas loves dancing, and she has danced competitively for years. Her favourite food is biscuits and likes listening to The Wanted and Lawson.

Wesley Johnson - poolside helper

Wesley Johnson - Wesley joined the club in 2012, and has gone from strength to strength with his swimming. You will see him on poolside on a friday evening, often on the little pool. His favourite stroke is breaststroke, and he loves eating southern fried chicken. Outside of Adwick he listens to dub step, does athletics and builds computers. He helps out to share what he has learnt at Adwick with others. He found out about the club from his Aunty Jo and his cousins Harry and Molly Butterworth.

Georgia Whetton - poolside helper

I joined Adwick in 2014, and now train with A squad after stepping down from Doncaster Dartes training after 4 years. I have swum at county and regional level and almost won medals at the NERs (4th is frustrating, grrr). My biggest achievement is coming first in my age group in the postal swim with 4495m in one hour! Outside of training I enjoy cross country running (for some strange reason) and I hope to gain some teaching qualifications in the future so I can carry on coaching the guys in B and C squad to make them the best they can be.

Leesha Bentley

Leesha began swimming with Adwick at the age of 8 and is now a member of A Squad, representing the club at Galas and Events all over the region.

A pupil at Ridgewood, Leesha is aiming to become a PE Teacher when she's older and is getting some vital coaching experience by helping out with 'The Little Dudes' on Thursdays and Fridays.She recently completed her ASA Young Volunteers qualification.

If there are any younger swimmers looking for a role model when it comes to attitude and swimming technique then they should look no further.

Georgia Stephenson

Emily Cartwright

Chloe Hardy

John

Leanne Watkinson

Hannah Wardley

Taylor Hardy

Joe Sykes