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Chris Tarry - Head Coach

Chris Tarry - Head Coach and Performance Lead Coach

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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! 

Kate is really committed to making Altrincham Swimming Club the best it can be and enjoys supporting Chris our Head Coach in pursuing excellence for all of our swimmers.

Kate Offord - Assistant Head Coach
 
Andrew Walton - Junior Lead Coach

Andrew Walton - Junior Lead Coach

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Megan Bishop - Development 1 Lead Coach

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Megan Bishop - Development 1 Lead Coach
 
Hannah Tarry - Competition Lead Coach

Hannah Tarry - Competition Lead Coach

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Assistant Coaches

Dan Brint, Eleanor Calcutt, Joe Bishop, Emily Robinson, Alice Clegg, Patrick Lang, Sophie Potter, Beth Mackellar and Lucy Robinson. 

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With the gala season in full flow, we are in need of parents volunteering to help at external galas.  This is a vital role - without poolside helpers we cannot send our swimmers to galas! 

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Pointscore

The object of the Pointscore competition is for swimmers to compete against their own times on a regular basis under competition conditions. This will allow them to challenge for places in teams and prepare them for competition. They will be gaining experience of racing. Points are scored for any improvements gained and are aggregated for the purpose of making periodic and annual awards. The competition is open to all members of the club.

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