Olympic swimmer joins coaching team

13 October 2015

Olympic Swimmer, Anthony James, joins Plymouth Studio School Coaching Team

GB Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth medal winner, Anthony James, has become the latest coach to join the Plymouth Studio School teaching team alongside elite swim coach Steve Beckerleg.

Anthony and Steve recently joined with top Year 10 and 12 swimmers from the newly opened Plymouth Studio School to give them their first performance coaching session.  Swimming students include Cornish record holder Joe Tibbetts and Callum Rayment, who both recently represented Plymouth Leander at the English Nationals. Year 10 students include Ethan Rayment who recently took part in the British Open Water finals, Lily Parsons and Ryan Bouverie who also train with Leander.

James, who competed at the London Olympics and recently won gold at the ASA National Championships, will provide performance coaching to Plymouth Studio School students twice a month, as James and Berkerleg develop their high performance technical swim camps in the South West. The coaches have access to the school’s six underwater SwimPro cameras, whereby technique can be critiqued and fedback instantly to the athlete. The swim coaches will work alongside Olympic sports performance coach and sport psychologist Jon Rhodes, and  Commonwealth medal winner and strength and conditioning coach, Katherine Endacott, who are part of the PSS teaching team.

Cornwall based Year 12 student Joe Tibbetts, who has taken the decision to stay with a host family during the week to attend Plymouth Studio School comments, “It’s fantastic to have access to such high level coaching as part of the school curriculum  It’s also great to have a flexible timetable which allows me to train with Plymouth Leander but still commit fully to my A levels and academic studies.”  

Anthony adds, “ It’s really exciting to be part of the new Plymouth Studio School team and to get chance to work alongside their budding young swimmers to help them achieve the best mix of coaching, training and school work for them”.

Jon Rhodes, Director of Sports Performance for Plymouth Studio School adds; “We are really pleased to be able to offer our students such a high level of coaching and mentoring with Olympic level athletes within their school curriculum. Now our swim programme is taking shape, we are looking forward to adding further to the coaching team to ensure we offer diverse opportunities to allow our students to have the very best support for success.”