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Coaching Team


Head Coach

Kim Mortimer - Contact

Kim who is an ASA Level 3 Coach, is the Performance Squad Coach. She joined Stratford Swimming Club when she was 9 years old and competed in both Junior & Senior Leagues. Kim started teaching in our Learn to Swim section in 2000 before going off to University in 2003 to take a degree in Sports Coaching and Physical Education. After completing her PGCE she became a PE teacher whilst coaching in a number of Junior positions at Stratford Sharks. Having recently finished a Masters Degree in Coaching at Loughborough University, Kim was appointed Head Coach from 1st June 2017

Kim is currently the lead coach of the Warwickshire County Pathway Programme and one of the skills coach on the Regional Pathway Programme


Coach - Academy

Annette Diggines - Contact

Annette is a STA Level 2 Swim Teacher and ASA Level 1 Assistant Coach, has taught swimmers for a number of years both in the UK and the Gulf.  Annette works with the Academy and Junior squads and is responsible for swimmers progression through the Academy group to the Juniors.


Coach - Juniors and Performance 2 Squad

Sophie Warden - Contact

Sophie is an ASA Level 2 Swim Teacher and ASA Level 1 Assistant Coach. She is a long time member of the club. She joined Stratford Sharks Swimming Club when she was 8 years old and competed for the club until she was 18 when she went off to university. After completing four years at university, she graduated with a masters degree in Sports Coaching. Sophie now works across Performance Squads.


Coach - Development Squad
Jake Ashfield - Contact

Jake is an ASA Level 1 Assistant Coach and also a competitive swimmer.


Coach - Academy, Juniors and Performance 3 Squad
Jenny Chapman - Contact

Jenny is a qualified ASA Level 2 Coach.



Coach - Academy

Suzanne Verralls




Tabby Groves

 Bank Coaches


Yasmin Boff

Yaz is an ASA Level 2 Swim Teacher and Level 1 Assistant Coach, and works across Performance Squads. Yasmin swam competitively to National Level with Coventry, Plymouth Leander and Hillingdon.


Josh Newman 
Josh is an ASA Level 2 Swim Teacher & ASA Level 1 Assistant Coach. Josh is a long time member of the club, still swims competitively with the club and competes as a triathlete in National Competitions. He coaches across Academy to Performance squads.


Abbie Wootton

Abbie is ASA Level 2 Swim Teacher. 



Poolside Support Team


 Vanessa Holland Vanessa helps out with Academy swimmers and is qualified ASA L1 Assistant Coach. Her eldest daughter, Leah Bowen is with the club as a student member in P1 and younger daughter Evangeline is in Academy.
 Craig Morrison Craig is qualified ASA L1 Assistant coach, who helps across the squads. Dad to both Becca and Lewis Morrison in P1.
 Jane Wilkinson Jane is qualified ASA L2 Swim teacher, and often helps out with Juniors and Academy. Mum to Joseph Viviani in Juniors squad.
 James Thomas All round support with coaching and at galas, all his 3 children swim with the club, Henry in Academy, Edward in Development and Lucy in P2
 Kathy Lea General poolside helper at galas, Mum to Dalton in Development and Cassie in P1

Academy Crew

Young volunteers, many of them are qualified Swim Teachers and Assistant coaches, help mainly with Academy and sometimes with the Juniors squads.
Josh Mitchell, Amelie Ristov, Keana Pearce, Ellie Harsant, Becca Morrison
Abi Skinner, Molly Bullock, Jack Wood
Henry Wheeler, Cassie Lea, Lucy Thomas, Rebecca Mitchell, Amelie Knipe

Team Managers (TM)

TMs support the coaches, swimmers and parents at Training Sessions, Open Meets and day Camps

Lisa Mitchell, Jen Morrison, Tracy Pearce, Veronica Ristov