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Coaches

Warriors of Warrington have some of the finest coaches in the country. Their aim is to encourage new swimmers, both young and old, and help them to achieve their goals, be it improving their techniques or preparing them for competitive swimming.

Darren Ashley – Warriors Head Coach

Darren4In his younger years Darren had personal experience of competitive swimming both at a national and international level competing in British Swimming Championships throughout the 90s.

Darren has represented Great Britain in a coaching capacity
– 2006 World Class Lead Coach Egar, Hungary
– 2008 Head Coach ASA North West Open Water Team
– 2009 Great Britain Talent ID Team for 2012 Olympics
– 2011 Head Coach AASE for offshore swimming
– 2013 Great Britain Team for European Championships

Darren joined the Warriors coaching team in 2001 and is currently responsible for the management of competitive swimming in Warrington. A major part of his role is to identify swimmers based on their Ability, Attitude and Attendance and offer those swimmers who can reach the highest level of swimming the routes to do so. Since 2004 there has been an increase in National Qualifiers from 3 up to 25 in 2009 and 22 swimmers in 2012.

It has been Darren’s aim to put in place a structure of swimming to nurture talented swimmers in Warrington and offer them the route to compete at the highest level of the sport. Having been identified as one of the best schemes in the country this was highlighted when Warriors were proud to have two swimmers this year representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. Darren has also coached a number of National Champions – both individual and relay. Darren believes that focus, perseverance and hard work alongside the support of Parents are the ingredients for success.

During his limited spare time Darren does not talk about swimming and enjoys watching Manchester United on the few occasions they manage to win a game. He enjoys camping and spending quality time with his friends and family.

Timothy Almond – Warriors Coach – Sports Injury Specialist

Tim AlmondTim is a former Warriors swimmer who competed at the highest national level, winning gold medals at the British National Championships for five consecutive years as well as achieving an award for top male swimmer. He has also had the honour of competing in Olympic and Commonwealth Games trails and has been included in many British Swimming talent identification programs.

Unfortunately his promising swimming career was cut short due to injury but this lead to him to study to become a sport injury specialist, gaining a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation from the University of Salford.

He currently works as a rehabilitator for a number of sports clubs, including Orrell RUFC, in addition to treating private clients and Warriors alike.

With his many years of swimming experience and knowledge of sports injuries and rehabilitation, Tim will be an essential element in the development of the next generation of talented Warriors swimmers.

Feel free to contact him for advice at any time as he is always willing to help where possible.

Jonathan Gatley – Warriors Coach

Jonathan has assisted with coaching Warriors squads since he was 16.  Jonathan is currently responsible for C squad as well as assisting with other squads as required.  Jonathan enjoys seeing the progression in swimmers and helping them to develop the skills they’ll need to succeed as a competitive swimmer.

Jonathan joined Warriors at the age of 8 and progressed through to National squads by the age of 12.  Jonathan’s proudest moment was qualifying for the Olympic trials for London 2012 in 400m IM but unfortunately broke his arm and was not able to compete.

Jonathan also coaches the Masters team for LiveWire and he’s very proud of the success they’ve achieved in the 4x100m freestyle – they are currently 5th in the world!