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Meet the Team

Aquaoaks Artistic Swimming Club is run by its coaches and committee, supported by assistant coaches, judges, team managers, poolside helpers and many other volunteers.
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Maisie Wright
Head Coach

Maisie, current head coach at Aquaoaks, started coaching synchronised swimming in 2017. In her time coaching Maisie's swimmers have won 432 gold, 136 silver and 101 bronze medals including 20 gold and 10 silver medals at the National Combo Cup 2022. Maisie is a Level 2 Swim England Artistic Swimming Coach and also coaches the South East Regional Squad

Other qualifications include:

- STA Award in Swimming Teaching

- Enhanced DBS Check

- UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children & Young People

- Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children in Sport

- Mental Health Youth Awareness Training

- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

- RLSS National Rescue Award for Teachers and Coaches

- Swim England Artistic Swimming National Webinars

(Sculling Fundamentals, Flexibility, Extension)

- Swim England Level 2 Team Manager​

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ALISON HOOK
Senior Coach

Alison first started coaching synchronised swimming in 2012 when the club had just five members. Her commitment to synchro has seen the club grow to over sixty members in the last 11 years.

Alison is a Level 2 Artistic Swimming Coach.

Other qualifications include:

- Level 3 Artistic Swimming Judge

- Enhanced DBS Check

- UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children & Young People

-  Level 2 Swimming Teacher

- RLSS National Rescue Award for Teachers and Coaches

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Katie Thomas
Assistant Coach

Katie is looking forward to continuing as an assistant coach this year. She has been part of the club since 2017. 

Katie won 1st place at London Regionals with her team in 2019 and achieved 7th place in the National Combo Cup. Katie coaches on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Figure Grade 2

-  Level 1 Artistic Swimming Coach

- Level 1 Artistic Swimming Judge

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Claire terry
Assistant Coach

Claire started coaching synchro in 2023.

Qualifications include:

-  Level 1 Artistic Swimming Coach

- Level 1 Artistic Swimming Judge

- Enhanced DBS Check

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Ros Hilson
Assistant Coach

Ros is making the step to become a synchro coach at Aquaoaks this year after doing artistic swimming with the club in the past. Ros is looking forward to coaching Junior Development Squad and passing on all her tips and tricks. Ros won the Club's Cup for Endeavour in 2019 and achieved 2nd place in the National Combo Cup in 2022. Ros is a Level 1 Artistic  Swimming Coach and continues to compete in Aquaoaks Senior Performance Squad and Elite Squad.

Other qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 4 

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 5 

- STA Level 2 Award for Safety in Swimming Pools

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Gemma grobbelaar
Assistant Coach

Gemma started coaching artistic swimming in 2022. Gemma has been part of the club for several years and continues to compete as part of Aquaoaks' Senior Performance Squad, Senior Duet and Senior Elite Squad. 

Other qualifications include:

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 5

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 5 Silver

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Maria chandler
Assistant Coach

Maria started coaching synchro in 2023.

Qualifications include:

-  Level 1 Artistic Swimming Coach

- Level 1 Artistic Swimming Judge

- STA Level 2 Award for Safety in Swimming Pools

- Enhanced DBS Check

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Lucy Sadler
Trainee Coach

Lucy is looking forward to coaching our 12u duets this season. Lucy has been part of the club for seven years and continues to compete as part of Aquaoaks' Senior Performance Squad, Senior Duet, Senior Free Solo and Senior Elite Squad. 

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 5

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 5 Silver

- STA Level 2 Award for Safety in Swimming Pools

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sarah fitzgerald
Trainee Coach

Sarah is looking forward to coaching our 12u solos and Junior Elite sessions this season. Sarah has been part of the club for five years and continues to compete as part of Aquaoaks' Senior Performance Squad, Senior Free Duet and Senior Elite Squad. 

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 5

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 5 Silver

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Tara Whitaker
Assistant Coach

Tara is looking forward to coaching our additional figure training sessions this season. Tara has been part of the club for five years and continues to compete as part of Aquaoaks' Senior Development Squad, Senior Elite Squad and Masters Duet, Senior .

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 3

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 3

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Lotte Hilson
Assistant Coach

Lotte is enjoying stepping into coaching our Sunday performance figure training sessions this season. Lotte has been part of the club for five years and continues to compete as part of Aquaoaks' Senior Development Squad. 

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 2

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 3

- STA Level 2 Award for Safety in Swimming Pools

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BETTY BLACK
Assistant Coach

Betty is enjoying helping out as a coach for our Mini Development Squad this season. Betty has been part of the club for seven years and continues to compete as part of our Senior Performance Squad, Senior Duet and Senior Elite. 

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Figure Grade 5

- Swim England Artistic Swimming Routine Grade 5

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Millie Gaskin
Land Training Coach

Millie is looking forward to coaching Aquaoaks' Land training sessions this season. Millie loves helping swimmers gain both strength and flexibility all whilst having fun!

Qualifications include:

- Enhanced DBS Check

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Club Captain

lucy sadler

Lucy was voted Club Captain in September 2023.

A new Club Captain is selected every September by an anonymous member vote. The Club Captain is responsible for making sure everyone feels like a valued member of the team. Talking to them, trying to understand their feelings, supporting them and helping them to get back on track. Club Captains will also help to organise team dinners and other team-building activities. 

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Welfare

Should you have any concerns regarding safeguarding or welfare, we ask that you get in contact with our dedicated club welfare officers Karen Morash and Lucy Ryan.

Qualifications include:
- Swim England NSPCC Time to Listen
- Swim England Team Manager 

- UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children & Young People
- Enhanced DBS Check

Karen and Lucy can be contacted directly by email at welfare.aquaoaks@gmail.com
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