Former Olympic Games bronze medalist joins Saffron Seals

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 October 2016

Saffron Seals Swimming Club coaches David Lowe and Alice Rogers

Saffron Seals Swimming Club coaches David Lowe and Alice Rogers

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Saffron Walden Swimming Club have appointed Olympic bronze medal-winning swimmer David Lowe as their new head coach.

Lowe helped GB to third in the 4x100m relay event at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

He also claimed three Commonwealth Games silver medals and boasts over 30 years’ coaching experience and teaching at all levels.

On his appointment, Lowe said: “I’m delighted to be joining Saffron Seals at such an exciting time with 37 swimmers already qualified for county swimming, many more close to county times and around 30 new young swimmers who have joined us over the past month.

“Working with the coaching team, I am looking forward to building on this potential to take swimmers up to regional and hopefully national level in the future.”

Lowe will now lead a coaching team that includes Alice Rogers who has qualified as a level two coach paid for through a Shire Ward community grant from councillor Aisha Anjum.

Seals chairman Andy Dunham said: “Alice is a talented swimmer for the club and a fantastic role model for all our swimmers.

“We are delighted that this grant from Cllr Anjum has allowed us to support her to training as a coach.”

Saffron Seals also say goodbye and a huge ‘thank you’ this month to Dan Wheeler who has put in a long stint as a popular and respected volunteer coach.

Wheeler has been a fantastic member of the club and led the winning Seals’ Essex Swim League team in the 2016 season.

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