4SHIRES

SWIMMING CLUB

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Competitive Swimming in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire

Affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association

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Meet our Coaches

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Kim Weetman - Head Coach

As a Swimmer I have competed at various levels, from Southern Counties as a youngster to become Inter Service and British Master 100m Butterfly Champion and finishing 4th in the World Masters in 1996.

Being a swimming Official I have officiated at both International and European Championships, currently I am on the FINA list and was privileged to Referee in the 2012 Olympic Games in London at the 10km Open Water events.

Since starting as a Coach I have been connected to several Teams including the Royal Air Force and Combined Services Teams that contained several Olympic, Commonwealth and International Swimmers before starting with 4 Shires in 2008, becoming full time Head Coach in September 2014.

I am married to Lesley who I met at a swimming training camp, we live in Carterton and are kept busy with a fabulous young Labrador Retriever.

Heidi Portlock - Coach

I swam competitively for Chipping Norton Swimming Club and then Maxwell when the 2 clubs merged, swimming in the Counties in Backstroke and IM.  I retired at the age of 14 and have only just started again after 36 years rest! I have just completed my L2 coaching certificate and am also a L2 swimming teacher teaching local schools and leisure centre swimming lessons.

After gaining a History degree from Liverpool University I began a career in retail, first with Next as a shop manager and then with Debenhams and House of Fraser as a Buyer. I retrained as a fitness Instructor, teaching classes and personal training before moving onto health where I was the Health Programme co-ordinator for West Oxfordshire for 5 years. I have been teaching swimming in Chipping Norton for the past 3 years and have been with the club since Sept 2013

I have  a husband James ( married for 24 years) and 2 cats Missy and Tubby. We are currently renovating a Victorian magistrates court which takes up most of our time (and money!). Her other hobbies include masters swimming with the club, travel, knitting, baking (which many club members have happily enjoyed!) and upcycling (picking up things from junk shops and making them lovely!)

John Newman - Coach

I swam competitively for Gloucester Swimming Club as a young man, competing at county level in 200 free and 200 backstroke before progressing into Gloucester Masters where I swam in various events over the years. I was a member of the Gloucester Triathlon Team between 1980 and 1987, competing in the British and European Championships, making it to the World Championships in 1985, seeded 70th.

I started coaching as a volunteer with the Tri Club and qualified as a teacher in 1984 . In 1986, I was a member of the Cheltenham channel relay swimming team. I started teaching swimming in various sport centres in the Cotswolds, I now teach ( rookie life guard )  at the fire service college as a volunteer and joined 4SSC in early 2000.

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Debbie Massey - Coach

My career is teaching swimming, even though I did actually qualify as a Primary Teacher. I am currently an Area Team Leader Swim Instructor for Oxfordshire County Council as well as teaching for GLL Leisure.

I cram in as many courses as I am able, to the point where I also run Water Polo and a version of Synchro for Chipping Norton Lido in the Summer. I qualified as an ASA Level 1 swim teacher all the way back in 2006 then did my Level 2 in 2007.

Like many of the other coaches I am not what I would call a 'swimmer' competitively but I LOVE the water and the feeling of freedom when you're in it! It's due to this that I qualified as a BSAC Open Water diver (...years ago!) and have a love for creatures that live in it, hence I was once a volunteer with the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece monitoring nests and hatchlings of the Loggerhead Turtle

Rosie Cooper - Coach

Rosie is the newest recruit to our coaching team. Prior to joining us she spent her formative years in Tibet as the personal trainer to the Dalai Lama before enjoying a lengthy run in the lead role of Mother Goose at the Skegness Empire.

She can be regularly seen commuting to training on her Penny Farthing bicycle (the only working model in Western Europe) and when she is not coaching she is a huge fan of disco music and is very proud of her 'my little pony' collection which she recently insured for a six figure sum.  

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