Head Coach: Gary Barnes FIOS(C)
I have been associated with Northgate Swimming Club since 2004 when my two stepdaughters Jess and Chrissie joined the Development Group. After spending many an hour watching as a parent I eventually qualified as a teacher in 2008 so I could help out on poolside. Since this I have progressed to achieve my level 3 Senior Coach qualification.
My previous sporting background is within the athletics world where I competed up to national level at distance running for over 17 years before qualifying as a level 2 endurance athletics coach. I am married to Louise, our Gala Coordinator.
Junior Performance Coach: Richard ‘D’ Davidson B.E.M FIOS (C)
I joined Northgate Swimming Club in 1976 and had two children who swam for the club. I now have 2 grandchildren who also swim for Northgate. I was appointed chief coach in 1982, a post I held for 35 years, gaining my A.S.A. coaches certificate in 1994.
A former A.S.A. tutor, I was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018 for services to swimming and also the Midland District Life Time Achievement award in 2010.
Junior Development Coach: Keith Lewis
Masters Coach: Andy Hawker
Andy Hawker is the Masters Coach (Task Master) I live just outside Bridgnorth got 3 girls 2 of which swim with Northgate. I have been a member of Northgate for 18 years swimming with the masters, been coaching for 6 years
Sharks & Dolphins Coach: Paul Breese
I have 4 children, 1 (Charlie) still swimming with Northgate in the Junior Performance Squad.
I am a member of Northgate Masters and enjoy competing in Galas and also open water swimming. I have been coaching for about 5 years.
As a boy I swam for Camp Hill Edwardians and (in 1977!) was a finalist in the National Age Group Championships and also represented Warwickshire.