30th March 2011

Horsham’s successful competitive swimming club Atlantis took a further step in its development this week with the appointment of Andy Lobley as its new Deputy Head Coach. 

Andy’s appointment follows a competitive selection process, involving a short-list of three (including two external candidates) interviewed for the position.  Andy was the unanimous choice of the selection panel.

Andy has been involved on the coaching side of Atlantis for the last 4 years, since his daughter Bex - now one of the club’s top swimmers - started swimming competitively.  He has gained his ASA Levels 1 and 2 coaching qualifications and is planning to complete his Level 3 coaching qualification this year.  His current role within the club is Team Manager and assisting Bill Penny with the club’s Gold and Silver squads. 

In his new role Andy will support Bill in organising all aspects of Atlantis’ training programme and the Club’s 11-strong team of volunteer coaches.

Since Bill - who has coached more than 60 international and Olympic swimmers in his long and successful career - joined Atlantis in 2005 the club has enjoyed a growing reputation as a highly competitive club, producing quality young swimmers.  It is a mark of the Club’s progress that its Committee has moved to appoint a second professional coach.

At the recent Sussex County Championships Atlantis successfully defended the Girls’ Age Group trophy, making it Sussex’s top club for producing the best crop of young girl swimmers and were runners-up in the overall Age Group contest.  In addition, Atlantis now has two individual County Champions in Katy Harris (100m back) and Cameron Lambourne (100m free).

Atlantis Chairman Andrew Dunlop said: “This is a major investment in the future of the Club and indicates our strong aspirations.  Bill and Andy will between them be providing 35 hours of professional coaching per week for our swimmers.  They make a great and complementary partnership and this appointment will further enhance our formidable coaching team”.

Andy Lobley commented: “I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to take on this role.  I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside such a great mentor as Bill, who has so much practical wisdom to impart about swimming.  I’m ambitious for the club and myself.  If I do a good job, who knows I might one day occupy Bill’s job - but not just yet!”

Bill Penny added: “I’m delighted to have Andy as my right-hand man.  I am a great believer in keeping things in the family and building up a strong club tradition and culture.  He is so committed to the club and its swimmers.  That said he had to prove himself in an open competition and he did so; he was head and shoulders the best candidate.  We have got the best man for the job”.    


Further Information: Andrew Dunlop - 07710 352023