I was a GB National Synchronised Swimmer and GB National Coach for Synchronised Swimming from 1989 - 1996 with various teams from Age Group Squads to Senior Squad level.
For the last 33 years, through my ABC Swim School, I have enjoyed teaching and coaching many children and adults, including swimmers with special educational needs.
I still get the buzz from teaching swimming. I have an experienced, supportive team who help me pilot new teaching and coaching ideas. We have many special needs children who have benefitted from SwimPIx cards.
I am also a co-founder of Aquability Training, a Swim England approved centre where we train new swimming teachers and develop knowledge and understanding of learning to swim. We also encourage creativity and engagement within learning.
I have experience of autism and dyslexia on a day to day basis and have a passion to develop solutions to enhance learning. I have written a wide variety of continuing professional development seminars and with aswim I look forward to continue to develop resources to aid learning, reduce anxiety and a promote fun in education.
I am a freelance illustrator and graphic designer and have been working in both public and private sectors of Education and Training for over 30 years.
Five years ago I qualified as a Swim England Level 1 and then Level 2 Swimming Teacher. I continue to freelance in design and illustration as well as teaching at ABC Swim School. Whilst working at ABC I have built up experience of working with children with special needs and worked extensively with one to one swimming lessons. This has given me the knowledge to help develop SwimPix. During the trialling of SwimPix we worked hard to ensure the illustrations through to the whole product design fitted the working needs of teachers to aid the widest range of ages and abilities learning to swim.
With aswim I am looking forward to developing more products and resources which can make a difference to the teaching of swimming.