High Performance Coaching
Andy Lobley : Head Coach : National & National Junior Squads
I've been involved with Atlantis since my daughter joined the club some years ago. It didn't take long for me to be drawn poolside. Since then I've taken my ASA Level 1 Teaching and Coaching, ASA Level 1 Coaching and ASA Level 2 Coaching Awards. I have now almost completed my ASA Level 3 and hope to have finished soon.
I am also the Team Manager for the club which involves Open Meets, Galas and squad training sessions. I have to say being a part of Atlantis is very rewarding and we have a great bunch of swimmers here.
My love of sport in general comes from a background of competitive competition and swimming has been my main focus since 2010, thankfully from the side and not in the water (although I am still pretty high up on the rankings for 50 breast!)
Swimming is a fantastic sport to be involved with and to see swimmers progress through their school and college times is very rewarding, especially as they all come out as very well rounded self-disciplined individuals.
John Eamer : Lead Coach Foundation 1 & 2 Squads
I swam competitively between the ages of 11 and 16 and competed for Eltham Swimming Club and Crawley, because in those days Horsham had no indoor pool. I was a backstroker and in the early 1970s was a Sussex County backstroke age group champion and also competed at the Regional Championships, coming close to achieving a national time.
When my two daughters started swimming with Atlantis I got sucked into helping poolside and coaching and I'm currently our longest-serving coach having been involved in this capacity with Atlantis since 1995. Over this period I've attained ASA Level 2 teaching/coaching qualifications, focusing mainly on coaching our novice swimmers and today the Foundation Squad.
For me, the biggest buzz in working with our least experienced swimmers is seeing the big improvements that can be made over relatively short periods. I really do take great pride in seeing swimmers come through and go on to great things.
My advice to young swimmers is not to get demoralised by your early experiences as swimming is a long-term business. How do you eat an elephant? The answer? In small stages! Young swimmers should approach their sporting development with the same mind-set. As a great believer in the opportunities that swimming creates I can't stress enough the importance of making great swimming friendships to help motivate each other.
Matt Cumber : Coach
Just like the swimmers at Atlantis I started swimming competitively from a young age with several clubs including Wrexham, Mold and finally Chester City. I was lucky to be coached at that time by Commonwealth and Olympic medal winners. I swam at both County and Regional level for North Midlands in freestyle, butterfly and IM. I later moved into Water Polo with my club and then at a higher level when I went to University, captaining Lancaster University in both college competitions and an extremely tough and rough Lancaster League.
Having moved down south I became involved with Atlantis when my daughters joined the club, moving from the spectator area to poolside with the encouragement of Paul Blyth. I'm qualified as an ASA Level 1 and 2 teacher and Level 1 coach.
I know from my own experience that a Coach can have a huge positive impact on a child in swimming as well as life, as I still remember mine from 30 years ago! It is therefore vital that the children thoroughly enjoy their time at Atlantis and ensure that they reach their potential at whatever level that is.
Becky Harrison : Lead Coach Regional Squad
I started swimming at Northgate Swimming Club at the age of 6 and swam for them for almost 20 years. The highlights of my swimming career were representing Division 6 at the English School Championships where I swam 200 IM against Zara Long (Coached by Bill!) and achieving regional qualifying times. I gave up swimming in 1994 when I started work but did have a brief spell swimming Masters for Crawley SC representing them at the National Masters in 1999.
I joined Atlantis as a parent in 2009 and was asked to help out with the Penguins and Seals (Foundation squad) on a Monday evening. Recently I have also taken on the Saturday morning session. I am an ASA Teacher and Assistant Coach. I have been teaching PE since 1994, and at St. Wilfrids in Crawley since 1996.
Swimming is a fantastic sport and I am delighted to be part of the Atlantis coaching team.
Hilding Kallman : Lead Coach Youth & Competition Squads
Swimmers know me as H, or Mr H.
I started coaching with Atlantis in 2005 whilst my two daughters were swimming with the club, although now as adults they only swim for leisure, as does my wife.
Currently I coach our Club and Masters squads in Horsham and I assist in Steyning. At galas I officiate as a Timekeeper/Judge 1, shortly moving on to Judge 2.
Other activities, when time permits, range from BBQ'ing all year round including Christmas Day turkey in a smoker. New Years' Day on the beach and I really enjoy dog walks with our retired racing greyhound.
Jane Holden : Lead Coach County Squad
Growing up in Africa with a pool around every corner it was inevitable I would be drawn to swimming. I joined my local club at an early age and soon progressed to represent my province at a junior level in the nationals, then senior and eventually was immensely honoured to represent my country Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in butterfly, freestyle and individual medley. With the huge influence of my Dad, a water polo coach and support of my Mum my brother swam and played polo for the country too.
Whilst doing my nursing and midwifery training I continued to swim competitively when I could (often open water) and taught swimming along the way. I also took up scuba diving. I eventually moved to the UK in 2001 and took the ASA Level 1 swimming teaching course here.
I think swimming is a unique sport. Long hours in the pool lead to close lifelong friendships. The dedication needed to be successful instils an invaluable life/work ethic. It fosters good sportsmanship, learning how to deal with the highs of winning but also disappointments. For these reasons I encouraged my son Cameron to join Atlantis in 2011 and before long I was drawn poolside to help. Initially with Foundation Squad, I now coach a wider range of abilities and enjoy every moment, from the delight when one of our beginners clicks with a stroke to the smiles when a swimmer achieves their target times. I find coaching a very fulfilling and rewarding role, love being part of a great coaching team and really look forward to the future with the club.
Sam Wright : Lead Coach Junior 1 & 2 Squads
My love of swimming started as a young child when I was taken, during mid-winter, to the local outdoor unheated swimming pool by my Grandad.
I joined Westbury Swimming Club at 10-years old and I have really good memories of travelling to galas around Wiltshire. Swimming opened many doors for me and in 1989 I became and ASA level 2 swim teacher. This qualification allowed me to go on and work for Camp America in Lake Michigan; the life skill of being a strong swimmer meant that on my travels I was able to swim with wild dolphins, go snorkelling and scuba diving in various different countries; and working with underprivileged children was a stepping stone in my becoming a Paediatric Nurse.
My three children all swim for Atlantis and have adopted my passion for the sport too. Inevitably it didn't take long for me to be drawn poolside and join the coaching team. I went on to gain my ASA Coaching level 1 and STA Teaching level 2 qualifications in 2009.
Through experience, I believe that swimming for a competitive club develops many attributes, including the foundations for self-discipline, motivation, coping strategies when winning or losing and building a rapport with peers and coaches alike; all of this hopefully leading on to lifelong friendships.
My fundamental aim as a coach is to guide the swimmers towards a mutual common goal of becoming successful swimmers, encouraging them to reach their personal goals through a hard working ethos but with an element of fun on the way!
Ron Van Der Hut : Assistant Coach National & National Junior Squads
My son started swimming with Atlantis in 2011 and after a year or so sitting watching l decided it would be a good idea to get involved and looked into becoming an official. I did timekeeping for a while and then continued working with the ASA and have now just qualified as an ASA Level 2 Judge. If that wasn't enough for me, for almost a year l have been shadowing Bill Penny poolside to gain knowledge and experience of coaching and will soon be completing my Level 1 Coaching.
Aside from swimming, in my free time (if there is any) l enjoy gardening and spending time with my family.
Andrew Wilkie : Coach
First of all, I’m not related to David!
I began swimming aged 9 with Southgate Swimming Club in north London, coached by former world record holder Stella Woolhead (nee Mitchell), who came 4th in the 200m breaststroke at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. I reached Southern Counties level, and I also played water polo at school, reaching the ESSA national schools final on one occasion. (We were beaten by King’s School Grantham, who still win it every year!)
I continued swimming in the public lanes until 2010 when I joined the Atlantis Masters squad where I train several times a week. I was the 2016 South East Masters 100m butterfly champion for my age group – I also picked up two silvers and a bronze at the meet.
I’m early stages in my coaching career but I hope to develop my coaching over the coming years under the guidance of the fantastic coaching team at Atlantis. It’s a really wonderful sport and has given me a huge amount of enjoyment over many years.
Gail Colombo : Assistant Coach Foundation Squads
I started swimming with Beckenham Swimming club at the age of 5. I was privileged to be coached by Olympians, Dave Haller and Doug Campbell and former Atlantis Head Coah - Bill Penny.
At the peak of my career, I swam at Nationals and my proudest moment was qualifying at the age of 16 for the 50 freestyle for the Commonwealth trials in Edinburgh. I've competed in Masters for Black Lion swimming club and Dorking Swimming club, representing Surrey in the Inter-county Masters competition.
After having children, I qualified as an ASA level 2 swimming teacher and ran my own swim school for many years. I became involved with Atlantis when my son joined the club. I was encouraged to join the coaching team and recently qualified as a level 1 coach.
I currently assist with coaching Foundation 1 and 2 and work with swimmers, in preparation to joining the Foundation squad.
Swimming is not only a fantastic sport to be involved in, but a skill for life. Swimming has had a positive influence in my life for as long as I remember. As a coach at Atlantis it is vital that children are encouraged in a positive environment to reach their potential in the sport.
Sam Stocker : Land Training Coach
Francesca Casagrande : Synchronised Swimming Coach