Meet The Coaches
Dan Pepper – Junior/Senior Coach
Dan joined the Club as a beginner in 1993 at the age of four. Following success at the mini meets, Dan was invited to join Stockport Metro when he was twelve and he continued to pursue his competitive swimming career there whilst maintaining his membership and contact with the Club. Dan’s successes are outstanding. As a school boy, he represented his area in the English Schools Swimming Association National Finals, was a member of the Cheshire County squad and a member of Stockport Metro’s relay team at the Nationals. Such achievements were accomplished alongside Dan’s international disability swimming career which began at the age of 14 when he represented Great Britain at the INAS-FID World Championships in Hong Kong winning gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events. This performance was repeated at the intellectual disability championships where Dan also attained world titles in the 200m IM and 400m IM. Further success came at the IPC European Championships in Iceland 2009 where Dan won three individual gold medals. This performance was surpassed by his double gold winning performance at the IPC World Championships in 2010 which led to a nomination for an ASA Splash award. In 2012 Dan fulfilled his dream of qualifying for the London Paralympics and competed in both the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke events (S14). Dan is a natural communicator and motivator and holds both Level 1 and Level 2 ASA Teaching qualifications. He also brings to the Club the valuable experience he has gained coaching juniors at Stockport Metro.
Lucy Budd – Teacher and Coaching Coordinator – Development, Juniors and Seniors
Lucy is the parent of three swimmers at the Club spanning all the groups from Beginners to Seniors. She has been actively involved with the Club for the past four years. During this time she has held various positions on the Committee and continues to contribute greatly to the development and smooth running of the Club. On poolside, Lucy’s enthusiastic and encouraging approach helps to motivate swimmers to work hard and achieve their full potential. In recent times, Lucy has also organised entries for external galas and assisted with local galas and mini meets and so she is very familiar with the different levels of competition available to swimmers at each stage of their development. Lucy is a qualified physical education teacher (B.Ed Hons.) and has achieved her ASA Level 2 Aquatics Teaching qualification. In addition, she is a qualified timekeeper and Level 2 Judge.
Mike Reed – Teacher and Swim Lesson Coordinator – Beginners and Improvers
Mike has been an invaluable part of the Club since he started to swim here at the age of five. As a swimmer, he was a committed member of the Club regularly representing the Club in Intertown fixtures and Manchester and District galas. At the age of 14, Mike started helping in the water with children learning to swim and went on to achieve his ASA Pool Helper qualification. He began teaching swimming at the age of 16, having achieved his ASA Level 1 Teaching qualification, and, in October 2009, assumed responsibility for the coordination of the Beginners and Improvers lessons at the Club, having already successfully gained his ASA Level 2 Teaching qualification. Mike also brings to the Club the benefit of the considerable experience he has gained from his teaching roles within Stockport Sports Trust’s swimming instruction scheme. He also holds the National Pool Lifeguard qualification.
Julian Taylor – Teacher – Beginners, Improvers, Development and Juniors
Julian joined the Club as a beginner at the age of four and has been a member ever since. He quickly progressed through the development groups at the Club and was selected to join the Junior Team at the early age of nine. Julian has always been a valued and committed member of the Club and a great role model for our younger swimmers. In the not too distant past, he also proved himself a worthy captain of both the Junior and Senior Teams. Julian continues to swim for the Club in the Senior Team, when university commitments allow, competing in Intertown and Manchester and District galas. He also competes in Open Water events. At the age of 14 Julian completed the ASA Pool Helper qualification; at 16 he achieved his ASA Level 1 Teaching qualification and, at 17, was awarded the ASA Level 2 Teaching and National Pool Lifeguard qualifications. In the future, Julian hopes to complete his swim coaching qualifications.
Ben Potter – Teaching Assistant – Beginners, Improvers, Development, Juniors
Ben joined the Club at the age of five, having started swimming lessons at the age of three at New Mills. He progressed into the Junior Team in 2001 and still holds two Club records in freestyle and backstroke. Ben was elected Junior Team Captain in 2007 and has regularly represented the Club in local intertown fixtures and galas for both the Junior and Senior teams. Ben has gained experience as an ‘in the water helper’ with Beginner lessons, passed his National Pool Lifeguard Qualification in June 2011 and achieved his ASA Level 1 Teaching Qualification in February 2012.
Michael Clifford – Teaching Assistant – Beginners, Improvers, Development and Juniors
Mike joined the Club at the age of seven. Since then he has represented the Club in both Junior and Senior teams in Intertown and Manchester and District galas. Mike began helping in the water with Beginner swimmers when he was 14 and achieved both his ASA Level 1 Teaching Aquatics qualification and National Pool Lifeguard qualification in 2010.