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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-Current day

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.

 
Olympic Representation from current and former Kelly Swimmers
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
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
  • Silver, Sharron Davies, 1980 - 400m IM
  • Silver, Helen Jameson, 1980 - 4x100m Medley Relay
  • Silver, Heather Fell, 2008 - Modern Pentathlon
  • Bronze, Andrew Jameson, 1988 - 100m Fly
  • Olympic Record, Robin Brew, 1984 - 200m IM
Paralympic Games
Girls
  • Claire Cashmoore (2004-08) GBR Beijing 2008
  • Louise Watkin (2006-10) GBR Beijing 2008
  • Lauren Steadman (2007-10) GBR Beijing 2008
Boys
  • David Hill (2003-08) GBR Athens 2004
Paralympic Medals
  • Silver Louise Watkin, 2008 – 100m Freestyle
  • Bronze Louise Watkin, 2008 – 100m Breaststroke
  • Bronze Louise Watkin, 2008 – 200m Individual Medley
  • Bronze Louise Watkin, 2008 – 50m Freestyle
  • Bronze Claire Cashmore, 2008 – 100m Breaststroke
 
Commonwealth Games
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
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
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
European Junior Championships - EJC
Girls
  • Lucy Findlay (1989-92) EJC, 1989
  • Debbie Salmon (1987-92) EJC, 1989
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
 
IPC World Championships
Girls
  • Claire Cashmore (2004-08) GBR Durban 2006
  • Louise Watkin (2006-10) GBR Durban 2006
Boys
  • David Hill (2003-08) GBR Durban 2006
 
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
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