Coach Profiles

Jo Deakins
Achivements:As a swimmer Jo competed in: 2 Olympic Games 1992, 1996 3 Commonwealth Games 1990 (Silver Medallist), 1994 & 1998 3 European Championships 1991, 1993, 1997 1 World Long Course Championships 1991 3 World Short Course Championships 1993, 1995, 1997 2 World Student Games 1993, 1995 (Ladies Team Captain) Jo held many records up to International Standard: Former Commonwealth (SC) Record Holder 200m Backstroke. Former British Record Holder (LC & SC) 200m Backstroke. Former English Record Holder (LC) 100m Backstroke British & English Team Member 1988-1998. Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist (4x100m Medley Team) Jo also held many Club/County & Regional Records, some of which still stand today! In 1998 Jo retired from her own swimming and moved onto the Coaching side. Jo felt at the time that she had learnt so much as a swimmer, and had so many people help her over the years with her own career, that she wanted to give something back to the sport. Jo first started coaching for the club in 1998 coaching what was then known as the 'A' Squad (todays equivalent of Senior Performance) before moving on to coach the Elite 2 squad from 1999-2006. During this time Jo was the Club's Head Coach before moving on to become the Club's Director of Coaching in 2006 and the coach for Elite 1. 2010 saw Jo starting her family and therefore a change in role within the Club to our Club Programme Manager concentrating on the Development/stategic/Sustainability side of the Club. During her Coaching time Jo coached at National level being involved in both Regional & National Camps from 2000-2010, she gained her first International call up in 2001 at the World Student Games in China and then also at the World Championship Open Water Trials in 2008. Jo was also involved in the GB Select Coaches Programme in 2006/2007 which took her to visit an American Coaches Conference & also the University of Arizona Programme. Her coaching sucess domestically included 19 National Medals (of which 11 were golds), 8 swimmers making GB/England Programmes, 3 British Age Group Records & 4 Internationals (including Matt Crabb who went to the 2000 Paralympics for 400m Freestyle and James Burden making the European Junior Championships in 2009).
Other:Jo is a qualified ASA Coach (Level 4 equivalent) and is also an ASA Tutor for Level 1 & 2 Teaching & Coaching Aquatic Courses. Jo also has a BSc degree (nothing sport related!) in Environmental Studies from Coventry University. In her spare time Jo is an avid football fan and is a long suffering Coventry City fan (against the rest of her families wishes who are all Birmingham City fans!)

Cold Swims! by Adam Ruckwood on 2016-10-24
Excellent job on Saturday from the Senior Elite swimmers and their cold swims - a max effort swim at 6am with no warm-up. 6 swimmers within 3% of their PBs - great job!

Race Simulation by Adam Ruckwood on 2016-06-09
Nice job yesterday from Senior Elite with their Race Simulation day - fast swimming guys!

Solihull invitation Gala by Steve Burke on 2016-03-12
Our first opurtunity to see how we performed as a team we had no good swims only great ones. With 24 1st 12 2nd 7 3rd places and 2 DQs we won with 243 points 24 points ahead of Rugby and 41 points ahead of Solihull . Thanks to Mel Mcwhirter for team managing no mean task on your own. Well done!

100 Challenge by Paul Wilson on 2016-02-11
Big effort tonight from HA1 and JP, congrats especially to Niall going 40 100s! #fastswimming

#fastswimming by Paul Wilson on 2016-02-10
HA1 loving life with a max kick set, they love kick so much! Booooom!!

Great Week for Junior Elite by Rikki Morris on 2016-01-30
Excellent session this morning from Junior Elite! And great way to end a hard week of work! Well Done!

Go Alex by Adam Ruckwood on 2016-01-26
Alex Carroll showing all the Senior Elite lads the way tonight with his 10.5 for 25m underwater kick with fins - boom! Charlie Waddingham not happy.......!

Great Session HA2! by Jessica Ford on 2015-11-24
A big well done to HA2 who put in their best effort this evening. One of the toughest sets weve done so far!

Junior Elite by Rikki Morris on 2015-11-11
Great session from Junior Elite tonight! The best threshold session weve done all season! Excellent work!

Coloured achievers by Steve Burke on 2015-11-01
Well done coloured achievers 3k today looked impressive and you all worked hard . Just remember fual just like all engines ensures they keep running so bring and drink plenty.

Ginger north trophy gala by Steve Burke on 2015-10-24
Well done to all swimmers who swam at leamington tonight there were some good hard swims and some great come backs . Well done guys lets build on this for the future . Thanks to the team managers who got all swimmers to the right place at the right time well done .

Great set HA1 by Paul Wilson on 2015-10-21
Great job from HA1 tonight, tough kick test, no backing down! Good job!!

Happy Birthday Abs by Adam Ruckwood on 2015-10-08
Big happy 17th birthday to Abi Humphreys - 40x100 Free at 5.30am this morning was my gift to her! Enjoy!!

Coaches Blogs by Adam Ruckwood on 2015-09-11
All of the coaches will soon have access to put their blogs on here, maybe it will be about something they have seen, something their groups have done. Keep your eyes peeled

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