OUR TEAM - TRAINERS & ATHLETES
Russ Barber - Head Coach, Swim Skills and City of Sheffield Swimming Club
World-class results start with world class technique, world class attitude and a world class work ethic. This is central to Russ Barber’s coaching ethos and beliefs. He started coaching at City of Hull Swimming Club in 1990 and moved on to become Head Coach 5 years later. He became Age Group Coach at Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club in 1996, and soon after City of Leeds Swimming Club in 1997. Russ then moved to become Head Coach at City of Sheffield in 2001 where he still coaches today.
He’s coached over 100 national medalists, 33 Great Britain internationals, 4 Olympians and 1 Paralympic medalist. He’s also coached on over 30 Great Britain teams including the Olympic Games in Beijing and London, World and European Championships as well as the Commonwealth Games. It’s fair to say, Russ knows a thing or two about swimming and is committed to helping every swimmer reach their optimum potential.
James Kirton - Swim coach and lead technique lecturer
James Kirton is a retired GB Olympic swimmer. As well as competing at Olympic level, he's also represented Team GB at European and World championships. Now a mentor and life coach, James shares both a passion for the finer points in a swimmer's technique and training with the mindset a swimmer needs to reach their potential.
He believes that the success of a swimmer can be represented as a pyramid; the bigger the base, the higher the peak. If a swimmer can fill the base with great understanding of skills, coachability and application to the cause, they are giving themselves the best chance of becoming everything they dream of in the pool.
Still actively involved in coaching, he enjoys having the opportunity to give something back to the next generation of swimmers ready to carry the national flag. Remember there's no secret to success. In the long run, hard work and dedication wins every time.
OUR TEAM - ATHLETES
Club: City of Sheffield
Main events: 200m and 400m Freestyle, 200m and 400m Individual Medley (IM)
Main achievements: 2016 Olympic finalist, World and European Championship finalist, and Commonwealth Games finalist.