We are very pleased to let you all know that Chris White has been appointed as our new Head Coach.
Chris comes to us with a wealth of swimming experience. As a qualified Swim England Senior Swimming Coach, Chris has successfully coached swimmers at all levels on the ASA swimming pathway, including County, Regional, ASA National Events, the British Summer Championships and the British Championships. His swimmers have achieved multiple national medals.
On accepting the Head Coach position, Chris said
“I’m delighted to be joining Stingrays and am looking forward to meeting club members. I’ve been impressed with the vision, philosophy and the direction that the club wants to progress in. This matches my own ambitions and it should be exciting times at Stingrays in the coming months and years. I will be looking to help the club develop its community ethos and inclusivity by providing pathways to meet members’ needs – from a high performing “performance program” to a top-quality teaching program with an emphasis on skill development and fun learning. I look forward to building a whole club program which will see maximum opportunity for members to enjoy and be successful in the pool.”
We are delighted that Chris has joined Salisbury Stingrays and look forward to him starting as Head Coach in August.
To read more about Chris’ swimming coaching career please click here.
As you may be aware the position of Chair for Salisbury Stingrays ASC has been vacant since Chann stepped down at the last AGM. Well the good news is that on Monday Evening I was voted into the Chair position by the committee after putting myself forward. In addition to this Shirley Seabrook has also joined the committee on the basis of becoming the Deputy Chair once the club constitution is updated with this role, but in the interim backfilling my role as Fundraising Rep.
I thought it was important that we introduced ourselves so you know who we are, why we have put ourselves forward for these roles and how we plan to work with you all to move the club forwards in a positive direction.
Both Shirley and I have a background in competitive swimming (I used to swim for Salisbury and Shirley used to swim for Ferndown and Loughborough Uni) and we’re passionate about moving the club forward in the best interests of all the people involved. In addition we have both been supporting the coaching team in the last year and have children in the Stingrays system.
We believe that the addition of the Deputy Chair role to the structure of the club administration will help share the workload and also provide the club with the opportunity to benefit from our combined experiences in swimming, sport and business.
Our first task is to get up to speed with all areas of the club and review the state of play and current performance with the committee and coaches. We will then work in collaboration to decide what the club wants to achieve and put plans into action to take us in the right direction. We would very much like to hear from you on your thoughts and opinions on the future direction of the club so we have put together this simple and anonymous idea suggestion box survey to collate feedback – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SQCWY9K
If you would prefer to talk to us in person we are both usually around on Monday evenings from 1800 to 1845.
Salisbury Swimmers Compete at British and International level
Qualifying and competing in the same competition as Adam Peaty and Jazz Carling would seem like every swimmer’s dream, but that is exactly what 15 year old Onioluwa Taiwo (Oni to her friends) managed to do last week. After much hard work during the year Oni achieved the qualification time that allowed her to compete at the British Championships 2017. Swimming in the 50 meter Freestyle race, Oni swam an amazing race and achieved a time of 27.05 seconds. This places Oni as the 4th fastest British swimmer at her age in the 50 meter freestyle event.
Following on from Oni’s success, Harry Wellington took up the mantle facing top class swimmers from around the world in the British Para-Swimming International competition. Putting Salisbury on the world stage Harry competed in three races over three days coming 12th in the world at 100 meters Freestyle with a time of 56.57 seconds, 23rd worldwide in the 50 meters Freestyle with a time of 26.14 seconds and 19th in the 100 meter Butterfly with a time of 1.03.97 seconds. Within the British Para-Swimming Championship (excluding the international swimmers) Harry was awarded Two Gold and one Silver Medal.
The successes of Oni and Harry do not come easy and along with many other Salisbury Stingray swimmers they train hard many hours per week in the Five Rivers and Godolphin School pools. Having worked hard to qualify, over the next few weeks many of the club’s swimmers will be competing in the British South West Region competitions in Plymouth, Bristol and Millfield. They will be hoping to get new PB’s and follow Oni and Harry into the British competitions. We wish them well.
With thanks to Wiltshire Council for their support