Emma Collings-Barnes

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Emma joined Mount Kelly in April 2012 from Rushmoor Royals Swimming Club in Aldershot where in two short years she led 25 staff members and over 300 swimmers to become one of the strongest programmes in the South East. Emma was the Assistant Director of Swimming at Mount Kelly for six years before being promoted to the role of Director of Swimming in September 2018.

Prior to this, Emma worked at Millfield School. She spent a year working as the Director of Swimming (2007 – 2008), playing an instrumental role in helping the school to produce national and international medallists. She guided swimmers such as World Champion, James Guy, Olympian James Disney-May, and Georgia Holderness to her Olympic qualifying time in 2008. Emma also coached other British Swimmers, both senior and junior, including Tristan Slater and Robert Holderness.

With extensive international coaching experience, Emma has mentored multiple swimmers to the European Junior Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Emma’s experience in working with various teams, including British Swimming, over the course of her 15 years in full-time coaching is equalled by her enthusiasm and passion for swimming and Mount Kelly. With her Level 3 swimming qualification, university degrees in Applied Sport Science and Fine Art, coupled with 10 years personal international swimming experience, Emma brings a multi-layered skill set to Mount Kelly Swimming.

Emma’s strong personal swimming career saw her study at Loughborough University during which time she was a very successful member of their swimming team and represented Great Britain in 5,000m Open Water Swimming.

Emma graduated from the Swim England Coach 2024 programme in early 2020 following 14 months of continued professional development at the highest level. The programme is tailored to develop the very best coaches across the country who aspire to excellence and coaching at world class levels. Previously, Emma was selected as one of only three swimming coaches to take part in the prestigious ‘UK Women into High Performance Coaching Programme’ run by Sports Coach UK and in close collaboration with the Swim England Talent Team and British Swimming.

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