Chris Tarry - Head Coach and Performance Lead Coach
Chris began coaching with Altrincham Swimming Club in early 2008 and became head coach in June 2014. He currently heads up the Performance Squads, working with the club’s most competitive swimmers and their coaches. Chris is passionate about helping swimmers to achieve their goals and compete at the highest possible level. He has changed the mentality of the swimmers at the higher end of the club to be that of a competitive one, where swimmers are encouraged to compete individually and as a team.
Chris is a Level 2 Teacher of Aquatics, having completed his Level 1 qualification in 2007 when competing as Club Captain. Chris joined Altrincham in 2001, aged 9. He worked his way through the club and even training with Swim Trafford between 2006-2008. Chris went on to captain the club and completed his coaching badges between 2007 and 2008. He started out coaching the junior squad in 2008, leading swimmers to county success. Chris was appointed Head Coach in 2014. Since then, he has produced two County record holders, Regional champions as well as a National Champion along with several national finalists and even British Championships finalists. Chris works closely with the National and Regional swimmers, as well as collaborating with Kate as Assistant Head Coach. Chris led the team to earn the most improved Club in Cheshire 2019 and also Swim England’s North West Club of the year 2019.
Chris continued to coach during his time at University. He has a BSc Hons in Sports Health and Physical Education from Bangor University. He later studied at Edge Hill University, completing his PGCE and is now a Primary School teacher. He leads PE and Geography for his school, as well as teaching his own class.
Chris is also known to be a big Manchester City fan. He follows the blues all over the country!
Chris is passionate about Altrincham Swimming Club and supports everyone involved with the Alty family. He supports all of his swimmers, as well as guiding senior swimmers into their coaching careers.
Kate Offord - Assistant Head Coach and Junior and Development Lead Coach
Kate began coaching with Altrincham Swimming Club in early 2013. She currently heads up the Development Squads, working with the club’s youngest swimmers and their coaches. Kate is passionate about helping swimmers to love their sport, and works hard to ensure that the children develop good technique and a solid foundation before moving up into the competition squads. She is keen that all the swimmers who come through the Development Squads can meet their potential and can go on to great things. Kate introduces the young swimmers via the Trafford Development League and encourages them to participate in Pointscore and Club Championships. Kate is also one of the four coaches who deliver the Trafford Future Stars sessions at Flixton on a Sunday morning.
Kate is a Level 2 Teacher of Aquatics, having completed her Level 1 qualification in 1996 when competing as a teenager. Whilst it seems a very long time ago, Kate grew up as a swimmer, competing regularly at a County and Regional level until she was 16. Kate’s best strokes were fly and freestyle. Her earliest swimming memory was completing her 2000m badge aged just 6, and shortly after that she joined her first club, Chalfont Otters. She has really happy memories of her friends and coaches, many of whom she is still in contact with today. At the age of 12, she took the difficult decision to move to a bigger club with more pool time, and moved to Amersham Swimming Club, where she was introduced to the joys of early morning training (0530-0730 four times a week). At this club she worked through their squad system from Pre National to National, and gained so much knowledge and experience of training and racing there.
Kate took a very long break from swimming, and one of her main regrets is that she decided not to swim whilst she was at University at the University of Nottingham. She has been swimming on and off since she was 25, when she joined Manchester Triathlon Club. Although her training has been sporadic, she really enjoyed competing in the National Masters Championships at Ponds Forge in 2018. You may sometimes see her training in the Altrincham SC Adult squad on a Thursday night.
Outside of Altrincham Swimming Club, Kate is a Level 3 High Performance Triathlon Coach. She is Head Coach at Manchester Triathlon Club and owns her own triathlon coaching business, Smiling Tri Coach. Kate works in the Coach Education team at the British Triathlon Federation where in her role as a Tutor she is responsible for delivering Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Courses. She is excited to have recently joined the team who are delivering the new world leading Level 3 High Performance Coaching Programme where her role developing other coaches will be stepped up to another level!
Junior Lead Coach
Development 1 Lead Coach
Competition Lead Coach
Dan Brint, Joe Bishop, Emily Robinson,Tom Broadfoot, Sophie Potter, and Beth Mackellar.