Stewart has been involved in swimming since a young age, competing at a Regional Level in South Africa. He has been teaching and coaching swimming for over 10 years with experience from learn to swim to national swimmers. He has taught internationally, beginning his career in South Africa where he worked alongside a former South African National team coach produced multiple KZN (Regional) swimmers. After gaining his level 2 coaches certification in the UK he spent a year in Australia gaining experience working with world class athletes and coaches. On his return to England he had success at County and Regional level during his 2 years with Teddington Swimming Club. Stewart then relocated to St. Albans and was delighted to be offered the Head Coaches role here at CoStA. In his first year with CoStA, the club had its first Regional champion, maintained their place in the 1st Division of the Herts Major League and both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Peanuts teams earned promotions. He looks forward to seeing just how good the club will become. Stewart has the UKCC Level 3 Senior Coaching qualification.
From the age of 5 Sarah has been involved in swimming in one way or another. As a swimmer she competed at County level and as a coach has had swimmers go through to Regional’s. She is continually updating her teaching/coaching qualifications and has her UKCC Level 3 Coach qualification as a senior coach. She runs the ‘B’ and Learn to swim squads as well as organising our team of volunteer teachers and coaches. She also coaches the ‘A’ squad under the guidance of our Head Coach. She arranges trials for all new swimmers and the allocation of these swimmers to squads within Costa, liaising with the Head Coach and our membership secretary. Additionally Sarah is the chief operating officer, working with all the pool hirers ensuring all aspects of the training environment are correct.
Abby was a club swimmer at the age of seven. She was a club captain for two years and coached the younger members when she wasn't swimming herself. After University, she qualified as a swimming coach and has been teaching full time for the last six years, teaching babies through to adults. Abby Joined CoStA in June 2012 and is Assisstant Coach for the A squad as well as coaching the width swimmers.
Kate is the lead coach for the Development Squad and also works with our Widths and Junior squads. Her role in the club is to introduce the younger up and coming swimmers, into the world of competitive swimming. With two children swimming for CoStA, she is thoroughly enjoying being not just a coach, but a “swimming mum” and all the fun that goes with that role!!
Passionate about grass roots sport, Kate has a degree in Sports Science, and has spent many years involved in kids sport, teaching and coaching swimming professionally for the last 8 years. More likely to be seen cycling than in the pool she still trains regularly but has hung up her pool goggles in favour of a wetsuit and a pair of running shoes and competes in triathlon.
Around 4 years ago when Richards’s kids started swimming, he decided to get involved. He started out just helping out on a lane; however soon found he enjoyed coaching. To improve his skills and knowledge he gained his Level 2 Teachers and coaches certificate. Following this Richard was made the manager of the ‘B’ team. Today he works mainly with the Development squad to ensure the up and coming juniors are prepared to join the Competitive squads. Richard is also one of the coaching representatives on the committee.
Bernard Henshall has been a volunteer teacher for approximately seven years and enjoys teaching the newcomers to length swimming, working on technique. He has had two children at the club. He is also a Masters swimmer.
Sarah is a qualified aquatics teacher (Level 2). She teaches widths as a volunteer on Sunday and Monday evenings. In these training sessions she concentrates on stroke techniques. Sarah is an experienced swimmer who swam competitively as a junior, swimming at county, regional and Nationally for the Scottish Youth squad. Sarah now swims with CoStA's Masters group.
Sarah has been with the Club since 2006 initially as a parent helper then as a volunteer coach from 2007. Sarah was a County swimmer when younger and now swims with our Masters group. A Level 1 coach Sarah works mainly with our Widths and Development squads.
An internationally qualified coach Gill has been working in swimming for over 40 years. During this time she has produced swimmers who represented South Africa at the World Short Couse Champsionships in Rio De Janerio and the All Africa Games Championships in Egypt and Mauritius. She specialises in Stroke Technique. We are delighted to have Gill (and her wealth of knowledge) as a Consultant Coach to the Club.
An Advanced Teacher Alan has worked in swimming for over 30 years. Working mainly with age groups swimmers and has had great success with swimmers achieving, County, Regional and National qualifications. Just a real great guy. We are delighted to have Alan as a Consultant Coach to the club.
A qualfied Physiotherapist, Sports Rehabilitator and Level 4 personal trainer has worked with the club for the last 3 years. We are delighted to have Melanie as our Consultant Physiotherapist and Land training instructor.
Steve helps coach the Senior B team (where his son swims) at Westminster Lodge.
Rebecca has been a swimmer at Costa for 5 years and has now started to help coach on a Sunday and Monday evening. Rebecca helps at a swim school and competes for her school swim team. Rebecca will be sitting her GCSE's this year and hopes to go to college to study sports and coaching next September.
Charlotte H., Chris S., Maddie G., Chloe B., May M.
Charlotte, Chris, Chloe, May and Maddie are Senior club swimmers who help out coaching the Widths, Development and Junior squads.