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Friday, 3 September 2010


Scottish Swimming is delighted to announce the appointment of Kerry Wood as Stirling Integrated Squad Coach.

Kerry brings to the role a wealth of coaching experience, most recently as head coach for Stirling Swimming Club where she has brought through and developed many young athletes including Martin Cremin, who is currently Scotland’s number one ranked swimmer over 800m and 1500m Freestyle.

In addition for the past 12 months Kerry has been coaching disability athlete Jim Anderson who won three bronze medals at the IPC World Championships in Eindhoven this year.

The Stirling Integrated Squad will encompass the top end of the Stirling Swimming Club and University of Stirling swimming squad as well as athletes from British Disability World Class Programmes and Scottish National Squad disability athletes.

The Stirling Integrated Squad will operate at the National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling.

This post is the result of an innovative partnership between Scottish Swimming, Stirling Swimming Club, University of Stirling, Active Stirling and Central Sporting Partnership, aimed at supporting the local, regional and national swimmer pathway.

Ally Whike, Director of Performance (Scottish Swimming) said,

“This is an excellent development for the area and we’re all delighted that Kerry is now on board at Scottish Swimming. It’s fantastic that so many of the local partners have recognised the need for such a position and shows a great willingness to invest into the swimmer pathway.”

Kerry will commence her new role on 4th October, 2010 and will be line managed by National Coach Doug Campbell.


·         Scottish Swimming is working in partnership with Stirling Swimming Club, Sportcentral, Active Stirling and the University of Stirling to implement an integrated squad including both disabled and non-disabled swimmers at the home of Scottish Swimming, the National Swimming Academy.
·         The squad is being created to bridge the gap between senior club swimmers in the area and the current Stirling Performance Squad/ British Swimming Intensive Training Centre. The inclusion of performance disability swimmers through provision of both integrated and disability specific sessions allow Scottish disability athletes the chance to train full time in a high performance environment in Scotland. In addition, this also allows the opportunity for potential/future Paralympians to programme additional sessions to supplement their home programme set-up.
·         The squad will have access to both long and short course training and the full time squad coach will be responsible for the delivery of the programme in its entirety and have a remit to underpin the programme by directing Stirling Swimming Club’s technical development and linking into Scottish Swimming Disability Programmes.