World-class performance's spanning three decades underlines Robin's background as an International swimmer, athlete and coach. Robin's contribution to sporting excellence include his GB representation at Olympic and Commonwealth Games and also, World and European Championships. Robin won a Silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and went on to captain the 1984 Olympic Team in Los Angeles, breaking the Olympic record in the 200m Individual Medley.
As a former Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Air Force, Robin's professional swimming coaching began in 1989 where, his initial work involved consulting appointments to clubs, national associations and, the organisation and coaching of performance training camps in the UK and Europe. Appointed to the National High Performance Centre in Bath in 1998, Robin worked alongside Olympic Head Coach, Ian Turner, preparing Performance Centre swimmers for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. During this time, Robin was also responsible for the swimming coaching of GBR Modern Pentathlete, Steph Cook who, went on to win Gold at the Sydney Games.
In 2001, Robin was appointed at Kelly College as Director of Swimming, taking over the reins from his farther Archie. Since Robin's appointment more than fourteen swimmers have achieved Internationals representation, of which, two swimmers were selected for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and another five Kelly Swim Squad members were selected for Beijing in 2008, bringing home one Olympic medal and five Paralympic medals between them. Robin's coaching background and achievements were recognised in 2006, where he received the "Outstanding contribution to Sport" award presented by the Devon County Sports Partnership, and in 2008, Robin was also nominated for the, "Sports Coach of the Year" award by Plymouth City Council. Robin's holistic approach to coaching has helped many swimmers and athletes succeed at all levels from County, Regional, National, Commonwealth, European Junior, World Championship, Olympics and Paralympic Games. In 2008, Robin completed a Masters Degree in Coaching from Loughborough University and his passion for excellence at every level of performance is even more evident today as our Junior, Youth and Senior Squads go from strength to strength.
Robin brings a wealth of experience with him from the international arena of coaching and performing. Robin competed for GB at world-class level from 1997-2006 and has achieved the highest accolade in sport, represented GB at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Robin is not only an Olympic semi finalist but has also during his career as a swimmer, won medals at World and European Championships, he has also broken many senior British records along the way. Robin turned his attention to coaching in 2006 and has produced some outstanding results as Head Coach of clubs and programmes in the UK and South Africa. His specialist events being the 400m IM along with the 200m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke make Robins skill and knowledge base extensive and ideal for our programme at Kelly. Robin's appointment at Kelly in September 2009, confirms the schools commitment in excellence and supporting swimming to the highest level. The support and input that Robin will provide will be a benefit to all areas of our programme and will complement our outstanding coaching team.
Emma has recently joined us from Rushmoor Royals Swimming Club in Aldershot where in 2 short years she lead 25 staff members and over 300 swimmers to become one of the strongest programmes in the South East. Emma joined RRSC with just 30 county qualifiers, 16 regional and 6 national qualifiers. This soon turned into over 70 county qualifiers, 36 regional qualifiers and 18 national qualifiers including national qualification in 10 age group and youth relays.
Prior to this, Emma worked at Millfield School. Within the swimming programme she played an instrumental role in helping the school produce national and international medalists. There she guided swimmers to being raked top in their age group either individually or as part of a relay. She coached names such as Karl Botha, Robert Holderness, James Guy, James Disney-may and Joel Knight to various international competitions. Emma’s experience in working with youth swimmers in school and club environment is equaled by her enthusiasm and passion for coaching and she is excited about continuing her career with Kelly Swimming.
Emma also has a strong personal swimming career having swam and studied with the illustrious Loughborough University swimming team for 5 years. In this time she had a number of successes, resulting in her representing GB in 5000m Open Water Swimming. After retirement, Emma’s passion for swimming led her to picking up a stopwatch and the rest is history.
The name Brew has been synonymous with swimming for more than 35 years. Archie arrived at Kelly College in 1979 and became the Director of Swimming in 1980. Archie's impact on the College was immediate, not only for his unique style of coaching and attention to technical detail, but also for his love of the sport. Every area of swimming Archie came across benefited immensely from his enthusiasm and motivation.
Archie took the swim squad onto achieve some quite remarkable results and, produced more than 40 International Swimmers from the programme over the years. During the mid to late eighties, Kelly College was regarded as one of the strongest swimming squads in the Country and with a small select team could take on some of the big city clubs and win. A memorable victory was winning the National Fast Water Meet for two consecutive years. The event was one of the highlights of the swimming calendar and was shown on Channel 4.
Archie has a very special way with people and harbors a real talent for bringing out the very best performances with individuals or teams. As a coach he is respected the world over, and it is rarity that any one person can be praised by so many in the professional world of swimming.
Even though swimmers have come and gone over the years at Kelly, Archie has always strived to help young swimmers be the best they can be, and has allowed them to develop at the right level for them. A recent conversation with, five times World Champion, Mark Foster, summed it up. " If it wasn't for Archie Brew... I would not have been able to go on achieve the results I have."
Liz's involvement in the professional preparation and support of the GB Swimming Team as Physiotherapist, in the run up to the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games, ensured that swimmers were in peak fitness for these major sporting events. Her provision of world-class treatment, along with the very latest information on injury prevention and rehabilitation, has set Liz apart as a performance clinical practitioner. Liz has worked with many of our countries sporting greats and has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience spanning two decades. Liz specialises in Sports Injuries and, in particular, spinal and peripheral mobilisation, muscle balance training, pelvic and spinal realignment, core stability and, of cours,e the treatment of soft tissue and joint injuries. Liz also delivers lectures on Core Stability, Strength & Conditioning and Injury Prevention.
Liz been selected as England Talent Physiotherapist for 2010/11 and has just returned from a training camp at Crystal Palace. The programme supports swimmers selected onto the programme from this year's Age Group and Youth National Championships, to achieve their full potential on a monitored pathway. Liz's role is to screen swimmers for strengths and weaknesses that could assist or restrict a swimmer's performance and to design and teach individual programmes for each swimmer and monitor them over the next year
Liz runs a Physiotherapy clinic based at Kelly College and is able to provide assessments and screenings, as well as emergency treatment if required. The on-site sports specific Physiotherapy service provides Kelly Swimming with great depth in the provision of support for performance training and, is a real added bonus to the programme.
Jenni comes from a family with a strong swimming background (her father was Secretary of the ASA South-East Region for over 20 years, and held the position of ASA President in 1989 and Chairman of GB in 1992). She has been involved in swimming since the 1960s, when she was a member of Hornchurch Swimming Club, Essex, holding the position of Girls Club Captain.
Jenni Represented Essex at the Inter-County Championships in 1962, 1963 and 1964 in the 100 yards Breaststroke and 100 yards Butterfly. She competed in the National Championships in 1962 and 1963 in Blackpool and then in the 1964 Championships at the newly opened Crystal Palace (100 yards Breaststroke and 220 yards Breaststroke). Jenni represented Division 8 in the English Schools National Championships - visiting Grimsby, Bournemouth and Eltham - 1962, 1963 and 1964. During the later 1960s, she was editor of the 'Centre Lane' magazine, a monthly paper written about and put together by teenagers from different swimming clubs in Essex.
One of six swimmers from Hornchurch to be selected to demonstrate the newly introduced Gold, Silver and Bronze Personal Survival Awards at their launch at the Marshall Street Baths in London, Jenni was the first girl in the country to pass the new Gold Award for Personal Survival!
Jenni then took time out of swimming while raising her family. In 1980 she moved from Kent to Devon and her son, Matthew, became a keen swimmer. Jenni coached at Tavistock Swimming Club in the late 1990s and was also the Devon Competitions Secretary for a number of years. When Matthew joined Kelly College Swim Squad in 2001, Jenni initially helped out on a voluntary basis, before joining Kelly Swimming as the Club Secretary & Programme Co-ordinator.
Jenni swam for Kelly College Masters in the 1990s and also represented Devon County in the Masters Inter-County Championships in the 50m Breaststroke. More recently, Jenni was at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this year as Swim Coach fro Malta, accompanying Kelly swimmer, Mark Sammut. Jenni is currently a member of the ASA South West Events Management Committee. She is an ASA Level 2 Teacher.