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Celebrating more than three decades of International Swimming

1978 – 1980

The Mount Kelly Swim Squad was formed in 1978 in conjunction with the opening of the new 4-lane 25m pool. The then Headmaster, Mr Dennis Ball, and the Head of PE, Mr Bob Govier, invited local girl, 16-year-old Sharron Davies and her father/coach, Terry Davies, to benefit from the school's facilities in preparation for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

Sharron was, at the time, the new rising star in world swimming and had already competed, at the age of 13, in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. In order to assist Sharron’s quest for Olympic medals, a plan to develop a Junior International Swim Squad based at the school was put into place. The concept was to provide swimmers with a "one-stop-shop" - an excellent education, specialist training and boarding with the highest standard of pastoral care.

The concept, opportunity and benefits on offer at Mount Kelly were second to none and the recruitment of 16 high calibre swimmers into the sixth form shortly followed. The combination of education and boarding and the elimination of excessive travel and time loss for parents, to and from training, was a considerable draw.

Mount Kelly was one of the first schools of its kind in the UK to provide specific coaching and training opportunities for high calibre swimmers, who could train side by side in preparation for International representation. In addition, Sharron’s status within the world of swimming meant there was an abundance of media interest, which catapulted Mount Kelly into the sporting spotlight. Lucrative sponsorship was quick to follow, which added to the profile and financial strength of the newly formed Swim Squad. Terry Davies continued to coach the squad for the two years leading up to the Moscow Olympics, where Sharron Davies went on to win a silver medal.

1980 – 1999

Archie Brew was appointed as Director of Swimming in 1980. Under Archie’s guidance, the Swim Squad went on to achieve some quite remarkable results. During his time at Mount Kelly, Archie produced more than 40 International Swimmers and 12 Olympians, which included his two sons, Robin and Paul. Robin captained the British Team at the Los Angeles Olympics, setting a new Olympic Record in the heats of the 200m Individual Medley and finishing 4th in the Olympic final. Paul competed at the Seoul Olympics four years later, setting a new British record in the 400m Individual Medley.

Kelly swimmers such as Andrew Jameson, who went on to win an Olympic Bronze medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, and also an incredible three Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, helped to establish Mount Kelly as one of the strongest swimming squads in the country.

The small, select squad could compete with many big city clubs and win. Archie Brew’s successes gained him a coaching position on the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games Teams. He also coached at the European Championships and many World Schools events. After two decades of international representation, Archie retired from Kelly College in December 1999, handing the reins to his son, Robin, as the newly appointed Mount Kelly Director of Swimming.

2000-2018

Robin Brew joined Kelly from the British Swimming National High Performance Centre at the University of Bath, where he worked on the World Class Performance Programme, coaching some of the country’s most talented senior swimmers alongside Olympic Head Coach, Ian Turner.

Robin placed a new emphasis on the long-term development of the swim squad and has since invested a great deal of time in the restructuring of the programme to provide performance pathways from Development swimming through to International representation. Robin has also been responsible for obtaining the extra investment by the college in the appointment of new and important key coaching and support staff.

As a result of the professional running of the swimming programme, Mount Kelly Swim Squad was selected by the ASA to be the first school to pilot the quality assured accredited Swim 21 award. Mount Kelly attained the prestigious "Performance Club" and also UK Sports "Club Mark" awards, which draw together the many strands involved in the management of the coaching process at a performance level. Since receiving the awards in 2004, Mount Kelly has also successfully achieved the "Competitive Development" and "Skill Development" awards.

Under Robin’s tutelage, Mount Kelly Swimming has, once again, contributed to International representation. Since 2000, more than 15 squad members have represented their country at a variety of competitions, including the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2004 Paralympics, the 2006,10,14 Commonwealth Games, the 2008, 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, where Kelly squad members returned home with one Olympic medal and five Paralympic medals. In addition, Mount Kelly swimmers have been selected for Scottish and Welsh senior teams as well as GB European Junior Championship teams.

These are exciting times for the swimmers at the newly formed Mount Kelly. With the historic and successful legacy of the last 3 decades, both Mount Kelly and the coaching staff are as committed as ever to ensure the long term success of our swimmers and to build on an already proven outstanding track record.

2018 - Present

Following a global search Mount Kelly is delighted to announce that Emma Collings-Barnes has been appointed as the new Director of Swimming. 

Emma, who has medalled at international level, started her coaching career in 2002.  Beginning at Loughborough, Emma went on to coach at Millfield School and in 2010 was appointed Head Coach at Rushmoor Royals Swimming Club. Emma joined the coaching team at Mount Kelly in 2012, and before her appointment worked as the Assistant Director of Swimming.

Mark Semmence, Head Master and Principal of the Foundation, comments “Emma was the stand-out candidate from a very strong field of applicants from all over the world. The fact that Emma is one of only three swimming coaches to be selected for the prestigious ‘UK Women into High Performance Coaching Programme' is a great endorsement of her coaching ability. The swim programme at Mount Kelly is stronger than it has ever been, with our swimmers enjoying unprecedented success.  These are exciting times for Mount Kelly swimming, and I am delighted to have Emma at the helm.”

Emma adds, “It is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed Director of Swimming at Mount Kelly. I look forward to shaping the programme for 2018 and beyond with the assistance of the coaching and support team. Mount Kelly provides an unparalleled environment for our swimmers allowing them to excel as athletes in the pool whilst achieving their academic potential in the classroom.”

 
Olympic Representation
Girls
  • Sharron Davies (1978-80) GBR Moscow 1980, Barcelona 1992
  • Helen Jameson (1978-80) GBR Moscow 1980
  • Zara Long (1983-86) GBR Los Angeles 1984
  • Annabelle Cripps (1983-86) GBR Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988
  • Helen Slatter (1985-90) GBR Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996
  • Jakie Wellman (2003-05) ZMB Athens 2004
  • Flora Duffy (2004-08) BUR Beijing 2008
  • Heather Fell* (1996-01) GBR Beijing 2008
  • Daniah Hagul (2015-17) LIB Rio 2016
  • Gaurika Singh (Present) NEP Rio 2016
Boys
  • Robin Brew* (1978-80) GBR Los Angeles 1984
  • Andy Jameson (1978-83) GBR Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988
  • Paul Brew* (1980-83) GBR Seoul 1988
  • Jeffrey Ong (1985-88) MYS Seoul 1988, Asian Games
  • Mark Foster (1985-86) GBR Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000
  • Michael Fibbins (1983-87) GBR Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996
  • Andrew Rolley (1987-88) GBR Barcelona 1992

*Returned to train and compete with Kelly College for this event

 
Olympic Medals / Records

Sharron Davies

  • Silver – Moscow 1980 - 400m Ind. Medley

Helen Jameson

  • Silver – Moscow 1980 - 4x100m Medley Relay

Heather Fell

  • Silver – Beijing 2008 - Modern Pentathlon

Andrew Jameson

  • Bronze - Seoul 1988 - 100m Butterfly

Robin Brew

  • Olympic Record – LA 1984 - 200m Ind. Medley
 
Paralympic Games Representation
Girls
  • Claire Cashmoore (2004-08) GBR Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Louise Watkin (2006-10) GBR Beijing 2008, London 2012
  • Lauren Steadman (2007-10) GBR Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Hannah Russell (2012-14) GBR London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Ellen Keane (2011-13) IRE Rio 2016
Boys
  • David Hill (2003-08) GBR Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Michael Jones (2011-13) GBR Rio 2016
 
Paralympic Medals

Claire Cashmore

  • Bronze – Athens 2004 – 100m Backstroke
  • Bronze – Athens 2004 – 200m Ind. Medley
  • Bronze – Beijing 2008 – 100m Breaststroke
  • Silver - London 2012 – 4 x 100m Medley Relay
  • Silver – London 2012 – 100m Breaststroke
  • Bronze – London 2012 – 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
  • Gold - Rio 2016 - 4 x 100m Medley Relay
  • Silver – Rio 2016 – 100m Breaststroke

Louise Watkin

  • Silver – Beijing 2008 – 100m Freestyle
  • Bronze – Beijing 2008 – 50m Freestyle
  • Bronze – Beijing 2008 – 100m Breaststroke
  • Bronze – Beijing 2008 – 200m Ind. Medley
  • Silver – London 2012 – 50m Freestyle
  • Silver – London 2012 – 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
  • Bronze – London 2012 – 200m Ind. Medley
  • Bronze – London 2012 – 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay

Hannah Russell

  • Silver – London 2012 – 400m Freestyle
  • Bronze – London 2012 – 100m Butterfly
  • Gold – Rio 2016 – 100m Backstroke
  • Gold – Rio 2016 – 50m Freestyle
  • Bronze – Rio 2016 – 100m Freestyle

Lauren Steadman

  • Silver – PT4 Triathlon

Ellen Keane

  • Bronze – Rio 2016 – 100m Breaststroke

Michael Jones

  • Gold – Rio 2016 – 400m Freestyle
 
Commonwealth Games Representation
Girls
  • Sharron Davies (1978-80) ENG Edmonton 1978, Auckland 1990
  • Caroline Cooper (1979-81) ENG Auckland 1990
  • Alison Christie (1986-88) IOM Auckland 1990
  • Madeline Scarborough (1979-81) ENG Auckland 1990
  • Helen Slatter (1985-90) ENG Edinburgh 1986, Auckland 1990
  • Samatha Herridge (1989-91) JER Auckland 1990
  • Elaine Reyes (2001-03) GIB Manchester 2002
  • Samatha Herridge (1989-91) JER Melbourne 2006
  • Flora Duffy (2004-08) BUR Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2012, Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018
  • Anita Field (2014-15) KEN Glasgow 2014
  • Niamh Robinson (Present) IOM Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018
Boys
  • Robin Brew (1978-80) SCO Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986
  • Kevin Wray (1978-80) KEY Brisbane 1982
  • Paul Brew (1980-83) SCO Edinburgh 1986, Auckland 1990
  • Andrew Jameson (1979-83) ENG Edinburgh 1986
  • Richard Leishman (1984-86) ENG Auckland 1990
  • Jonathan Cruz (1988-90) GIB Auckland 1990
  • Jeffrey Ong (1985-88) MYS Auckland 1990
  • Cameron Brodie (2005-11) SCO Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Medals
  • Gold Sharron Davies, 1978 - 200m Individual Medley
  • Gold Sharron Davies, 1978 - 400m Individual Medley
  • Gold Caroline Cooper, 1986 - 100m Fly
  • Gold Andrew Jameson, 1986 - 100m Fly
  • Gold Andrew Jameson, 1986 - 4x100 Medley Relay
  • Gold Andrew Jameson, 1986 - 4x100 Freestyle Relay
  • Silver Robin Brew, 1982 - 200m Individual Medley
  • Bronze Madeline Scarborough, 1990 - 100m Fly
 
World Championships
Girls
  • Jakie Wellman (2003-05) ZMB Barcelona 2003
World Junior Championships
Girls
  • Daniah Hagul (2015-17) LIB Singapore 2015
  • Gabi Weaver (2014-16) IRE Singapore 2015
  • Anita Field (2014-15) KEN Singapore 2015
Boys
  • Federico Burdisso (Present) ITA Indianapolis 2017
European Senior Championships
  • Federico Burdisso (Present) ITA, Glasgow 2018
European Junior Championships - EJC
Girls
  • Lucy Findlay (1989-92) EJC, 1989
  • Debbie Salmon (1987-92) EJC, 1989
  • Kaylee Dekker (Present) NED, 2018
Boys
  • Richard Leishman (1984-86) EJC 1985
  • Paul Pederzolli (1989-91) EJC 1990
  • Nick Polkinghorn (1992-94) EJC 1993
  • Cameron Brodie (2005-11) Prague 2009, Helsinki 2010
  • Tony-Joe Trett Oliver (2015-17) GBR, 2017
  • Federico Burdisso (Present) ITA 2017, 2018
European Youth Olympic Festival
Girls
  • Athena Clayson (Present) GBR, 2015
Boys
  • Oliver Taverner (Present) GBR, 2017
  • Sam Dailley (Present) GBR, 2017
  • Federico Burdisso (Present) ITA, 2017
 
IPC World Championships
Girls
  • Claire Cashmore (2004-08) GBR Durban 2006, 2010 Eindhoven, 2013 Montreal, 2015 Glasgow
  • Louise Watkin (2006-10) GBR Durban 2006, 2010 Eindhoven
  • Hannah Russell (2012-14) GBR 2013 Montreal, 2015 Glasgow
  • Lauren Steadman (2007-10) GBR 2009 Rio, 2010 Eindhoven
Boys
  • David Hill (2003-08) GBR Durban 2006, Rio 2009, 2010 Eindhoven
  • Michael Jones (2011-13) GBR 2015 Glasgow
 
International Representation
Girls
  • Vanessa Bullock (1978-80) Welsh Senior Team
  • Sharron Davies (1978-80) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Rebecca Frost (1978-80) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Helen Jameson (1978-80) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Caroline Mason (1978-80) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Lindsay Heggie (1979-81) GBR Senior Team
  • Madeleine Scarborough (1979-81) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Zara Long (1983-86) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Annabelle Cripps (1983-86) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Caroline Cooper (1983-85) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Alison James (1984-86) ENG Senior Team
  • Samantha Lewis (1984-86) Welsh Youth Squad
  • Helen Slatter (1986-88) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Helen Day (1986-87) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Alison Christie (1986-88) IOM Senior Team
  • Debbie Salmon (1987-92) GB & England Youth Squad 88-89
  • Laura Gahan (1987-90) Eng Youth Squad 88-89
  • Rebecca Brewer (1988-90) Eng Youth Squad
  • Nicola Cumbers (1988-90) Welsh Senior Squad
  • Samatha Herridge (1989-91) JER Senior Team
  • Lucy Findlay (1989-92) GBR & ENG Junior, Intermediate & Senior Team 87-92
  • Deby Morgan (1990-92) GBR & ENG Youth and Intermediate Squad 87-91
  • Catrriona Cameron (1992-94) SCO Junior Team
  • Laura Graham (1992-94) ENG Schools Team
  • Verity Teague (1992-94) ENG Schools Team
  • Heather Fell (1996-01) GBR Junior& Senior MPAGB Team
  • Elaine Reyes (2002-04) GIB Senior Team
  • Jakie Wellman (2003-05) ZMA Senior Team
  • Claire Cashmore (2004-08) GB Senior Disability Team
  • Flora Duffy (2004-08) BUR Senior Triathlon Team
  • Louise Watkin (2006-10) GBR Senior Disability Team
  • Jenny Oldham (2006-09) Welsh Senior Team
  • Rachael Bennett (2008-10) Welsh Senior Squad
  • Lauren Steadman (2007-11) GBR Senior Disability Team
  • Ellen Keane (2011-13) Irish Senior Disability Team
  • Hannah Russell (2012-2014) GBR Senior Disability Team
  • Anita Field (2014-2015) KEN Junior & Senior Team
  • Daniah Hagul (2015-2017) LIB Junior & Senior Team
  • Gabi Weaver (2013-2015) IRE Junior Team
  • Niamh Robinson (Present) IOM Senior Team
  • Gaurika Singh (Present) NEP Junior & Senior Team
  • Athena Clayson (Present) GBR Junior Team
  • Kaylee Dekker (Present) NED Junior Team
  • Georgina Dennis (Present) ENG Schools Team
Boys
  • Robin Brew* (1978-80) GBR & SCO Senior Team
  • Nigel Cousens (1978-80) GBR Senior Team
  • Glenn Cook (1978-80) ENG Youth Squad
  • Nigel Goldsworthy (1978-80) GB Senior Team
  • Martin Fenner (1978-80) GB Senior Team, ENG Youth Squad
  • Ian Ferguson (1978-80) Welsh Squad
  • Gavin Wells (1978-80) ENG Youth Squad
  • Terry Wexler (1978-80) ENG Youth Squad
  • Andy Jameson (1978-83) GB & ENG Senior Team
  • Paul Brew* (1980-83) GB & SCO Senior Team
  • Simon Jayhem (1981-83) ENG Youth
  • Tim Evans (1981-83) Welsh Youth Squad
  • Richard Williams (1982-84) GB Senior 100FC
  • David Williams (1982-84) GBR Senior Team
  • Richard Sinclair (1983-85) ENG Schools Team
  • Michael Fibbins (1983-87) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Christian Gialanze (1984-86) MALTA National Team
  • Richard Leishman (1984-88) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Ian Lundy (1984-86) Welsh SquJeffrey Ong (1985-88) MYS Senior Team
  • Nicky Cumbers (1986-88) Welsh Team
  • Micky Wynn (1986-88) ENG Youth
  • Andrew Rolley (1987-88) GBR Senior Team
  • Alistaire Irwin (1988-90) SCO Youth Team
  • Mark Foster (1989-90) GBR & ENG Senior Team
  • Paul Pederzolli (1989-91) GBR Junior Team
  • Jonathan Cruz (1988-90) GIB Senior Team
  • Nick Polkinghorn (1992-94) GBR Junior Team
  • Danny Brown (2005-08) Welsh Junior Squad
  • Jeff Hill (2006-08) GBR Senior European Cup, Open Water
  • Cameron Brodie (2007-11) GBR Junior Team & SCO Senior Team
  • Mark Sammutt (2009-11) Malta Senior Team
  • David Hill (2003-08) GBR Senior Disability Team
  • Michael Jones (2011-13) GBR Senior Disability Team
  • Tony-Joe Trett Oliver (2015-17) GBR Junior Team
  • Federico Burdisso (Present) ITA Senior & Junior Team
  • Oliver Taverner (Present) GBR Junior Team
  • Sam Dailley (Present) GBR Junior Team
  • Harry Noble (Present) ENG Schools Team
  • Ben Harrison (Present) ENG Schools Team