Our coaches

 

All about our coaching team
Head Coach
Cameron Smith

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Cameron Smith is a UKCC level 2 qualified coach and has been the Head Coach at Musselburgh ASC since January 2015.  He also coaches for the East Lothian Swim Team, and is lead coach for the ELST Entry and ELST Development squads.Cameron started competitive swimming with Haddington and District ASC as an eight year old, from where he progressed to ELST.  In his six years with the team, he achieved multiple national age group medals, including at British level.  He became British Champion for the 3km Open Water and, in 2010, represented Great Britain in the LEN European 10km open water cup in Italy.  He went on to compete for 5 years at an international level as part of the Performance Swim Team at the University of Edinburgh, from where he gained an Honours degree in Biotechnology.Cameron, alongside the ELST Head Coach, has set up and runs one of Musselburgh ASC’s partnered swim schools, Next Stage Swimming.
Assistant Coach
Andrew Torranceandrew t
Despite not having any previous swimming coaching experience, Andrew became involved as a poolside coach as both his children are Musselburgh swimmers. He is UKCC Level 1 qualified and decided to go down the coaching route after previously doing timekeeping and serving for a period of time on the MASC committee.  Andrew’s wife Susan is the current Musselburgh vice-chair and their oldest child is also a member of East Lothian Swim Team.
Assistant Coach
Jonny Sharplesjohnny
Jonathan has been a member of Musselburgh Swimming Club since he joined as a swimmer at 6 years old. From the age of 10, until the age of 15, he also swam for the East Lothian Swim Team. While representing ELST he competed at the Scottish National Age Groups for backstroke and other Scottish Swimming events.

Jonathan is currently a UKCC level 1 coach and NPLQ lifeguard. He has recently just completed the UKCC Level 2 Coaching Aquatics. Jonathan has a vast knowledge of swimming teaching and coaching having gained 3 years of poolside experience.

Jonathan’s sister (also an ex-MASC swimmer) swam for Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011 in the Isle of Man.

Jonathan has just started studying Biological Sciences at The University of Edinburgh with the goal of progressing into teaching.

Assistant Coach
Nicole Wilkinsonnicole
Nicole is our youngest coach and has been with the club since she was 8 years old.

During her swimming career she spent time at the East Lothian Swim Team before taking the step to become a poolside helper at age 13.

During her 8 years with the club she has had to the chance to work with a number of different coaches and recently completed her Level 1 coaching qualification.

Nicole also works as a coach for our affiliated partner Next Stage Swimming.

Assistant Coach
Hazel Simpsonhazel
Hazel has been involved in swimming since she was 8 years old. Starting by training with Banchory Beavers ASC and progressing to South Aberdeenshire Swimming, where she competed all the way up to a National Level.At 15 she began working as a teaching assistant before training to become a Teacher/Coach in her own right.

She has a BSc Hons in Pharmacology from the University of Glasgow and a MSc in Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovations from Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Assistant Coach
Andrew Wardandrew
Andrew is one of the club’s longest serving members having joined at the age of 7 and progressing from swimmer to poolside helper to fully qualified coach.

During his time as a swimmer he competed at East District level before choosing to focus on coaching.

He recently completed a Degree in Physics at Aberdeen University and is currently studying for a PGCE to become a physics teacher at the University of Edinburgh.

Assistant Coach
Jenny Ritchie
Jenny started swimming at Musselburgh ASC when she was just 6 years old. She progressed to the East Lothian Swim Team at the age of 10 where she competed at a national level.

Jenny also took part in a lot of other sports while she was swimming including hockey and rugby.

Jenny’s interesting fact is that on a training camp, Jenny once rugby tackled her teammate, and now the ELST Head Coach, Bruce Halloran because she could.

Jenny studies Maths and Economics at St. Andrews University but helps out at MASC whenever she gets the chance.

Assistant Coach
Jamie Ward 
Jamie is one of Musselburgh ASC’s longest serving members having joined the club in 1997 when he was 8 years old. He progressed to the East Lothian Swim Team at 12 years old but returned to MASC to coach from the age of 13 years.Jamie is a Level 2 qualified coach and has a huge amount of coaching/teaching experience. He has been a swimming teacher for 11 years and has ran lessons for swimmers aged 3 to 63 years old!

In Jamie’s many years coaching at MASC he was also the Head Coach for 2 years.

Assistant Coach
William Suayngam 
Will Suayngam joined Musselburgh ASC at the age of 7 and progressed to the East Lothian Swim Team at the age of 12, where he competed to a British level.Will was appointed to the role of Assistant Coach with ELST in October 2014. He is a UKCC level 2 coach, and is working towards his Level 3 qualification.

Will is known in swimming circles for having once broken a diving block at a meet in Stockport, holding up the meet for 45 minutes whilst a replacement was fitted. There must be some power in those legs!

Poolside Helpers

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 We would be unable to run our club without a dedicated group of poolside helpers. Our helpers are volunteers who give their time to help our coaches deliver the best possible experience for our swimmers.Our current poolside helpers are Mhairi, Amy and Ellie.
Club Captains
Amy Broadhurst
Callum Hunter
We are very proud of our club captains. Amy and Callum are both swimmers in our Gold Squad and both help coach the Entry and Bronze Squads. Our captains engage very well with all the swimmers in the club and are very approachable. They help to represent the views of the swimmers to the coaches and club committee.

Amy and Callum are fantastic role models for our swimmers as they embody the enthusiasm, positive attitude and values that Musselburgh ASC strive to foster in all our swimmers.