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 school, Next Stage Swimming.

Squad Coach

Jonathan 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 16, he also swam for the East Lothian Swim Team. While representing ELST he competed at the Scottish National Age Groups for backstroke and also competed at other Scottish Swimming meets.Jonathan is currently a UKCC Level 2 Swimming Coach and UKCC Level 2 Swimming Teacher. Jonathan has a vast knowledge of swimming teaching and coaching through his time spent of poolside and in the pool.Jonathan has a level 2 certificate in kayaking and canoeing which he achieved when he was younger. Meaning he can kayak on a river by himself.

Squad 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 2 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 oldest child is also a member of East Lothian Swim Team.

Squad Coach

Nicole Wilkinsonnicole

Nicole is one of the longest members of MASC, she 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 time at the club she has had to the chance to work with a number of different coaches and recently completed her Level 2 coaching qualification.Nicole also works as a coach for our affiliated partner Next Stage Swimming.

Squad 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.

Squad 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.

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.