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Press Release January 2013

Posted on 2nd January, 2013 in News

Bridgwater Swimming Club has appointed Ricky Hayes as their new Head Coach to lead them forward from January 2013.

Ricky has a long association with the club and with swimming in Bridgwater.  He learnt to swim with the club from the age of 6 years and progressed through the ranks to become the club’s men’s Captain in the 2002/03 season, which culminated in promotion to Division 2 of the National Swimming League.  He also became the club record holder for the 50 and 100m Freestyle, breaking long standing records in the process.  Ricky is not unfamiliar with senior coaching roles.  He was first appointed to a senior coaching role in August 2004, as Bridgwater Swimming Club Joint Coach, and was later promoted to Head Coach, becoming the youngest recorded Head Coach of Bridgwater Swimming Club in the process.

Ricky helped steer the club through difficult times to a period of growth and increased success in the swimming pool.  Swimmers were achieving personal best times year on year, with more swimmers gaining regional qualification and even a swimmer qualifying to compete at National level. The successes were not just limited to individuals but also as a team, with the club improving its positions both in local and national leagues. In May 2007 Ricky stepped down as head coach to widen his experiences in swimming and sport.  During his time away from the club Ricky has worked with some very experienced and successful coaches, he was the assistant coach for the Somerset Cheetas, a club who finished in the top 10 of clubs in the National Swimming League 2011.  He has devoted many hours to broadening his experience of coaching and teaching aquatics, including gaining a degree in sports science, and has coached some of the best young swimmers in the country.

Many local people will also be familiar with Ricky as the swim coordinator at the Sedgemoor Splash.  He worked hard leading improvements to the learn to swim programme at the Splash until its closure in 2009.

Ricky Hayes said “it’s great to be back at Bridgwater and leading my own programme again.  It was fantastic to work as an assistant coach with the Somerset Cheetas and to work with some of the best swimmers in the country but now its time to build something special in Bridgwater! We will start the New Year focused on building the club and look forward to having a brand new swimming pool in the town.  It’s a really exciting time to be part of the club.”

The club currently swims on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.  Anyone who wants to join the club and get involved in fitness swimming, competitive swimming, or lifesaving should get in contact with the club by checking out their website www.brigwaterswim.co.uk or emailing bridgwaterswim@gmail.com

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