Coach & Teacher Profiles...

This page contains a brief profile of some of our many coaches, across the following sections of the club

Stephanie Brakespear-Handley

Steph became Senior Squad Coach in 2018, and was promoted to Director of Swimming in December 2018.

Steph is also a Tadpole Teacher and occasional masters swimmer.

Haseley Gordon

  • Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Coach.
  • Represented Leander for over 25 years
  • Competed and compete at Midland and National level for both Youth and Masters.
  • Represented Nottinghamshire over a number of years at both Youth and Masters level.
  • Masters Swimming British Record Holder

Maria Millere

I have a competitive swimming background and swam for the club for over 10 years, during that time I became Latvian National champion 200 breaststroke/800 freestyle and part of the Relay team and was second in the Baltic states. I was in the National team and did the Olympic Games trials in 1996. I had an opportunity to represent Latvia in the International Swimming School Games in Germany. After finishing my swimming career I joined the Navy where I took part in military swimming competition as well as helping with the coaching.

My favourite swimming strokes are breaststroke and freestyle but to be honest I am passionate about all four. I hold ASA level 2 Swimming Coaching & Swimming Teaching qualifications and keep attending different seminars to be up to date with swimming. I’ve got ASA Level 2 Open water coaching qualification as it was something that I tried myself and I enjoy helping others to achieve better results in the different to the pool environment.

The main tip for your training would be attention to the little details that coaches tell you because it makes your swimming stroke efficient and fast and the most important: Enjoy swimming!

Alex Thurston

  • Former Nova Centurion swimmer
  • Multiple BUSA/BUCS medalist
  • Current British, European and World Record holder
  • Double 2016 European champion
  • Member of the first university team in history to complete a two-way Channel crossing swim

Kiyoko Naish

Kiyoko has set up Mini Polo section at Leander in 2009. She's been an active water polo player and currently play for English Roses Masters, South Derby and Nottingham Leander's newly formed Ladies' team. She coaches Junior and Ladies sessions. Her focus is to help them develop fundamental skills and techniques and identify the strength of each player to achieve their full potential. 

Colin Robbins

    Colin supports the Leander coaching team covering for Swimming and Water Polo coaches when they cannot make sessions. He played First Division, National League Water Polo and at at student international level.  He coached Beckenham Ladies in the First Division, and now coaches Water Polo at Nova, where there are several Leander players. He also regularly swims with the Masters.

    Michael Farrell

    Michael is a retired police officer having served in the Nottingham Police for 30 years. During his service, he was the Secretary of the Nottingham Police Swimming Section with responsibility for organising the Police Swimming Club, Organising Competitive Events and Teams. He represented the Nottingham Police himself in National and Regional Police Championships and at other more Local swimming events. He was awarded the Force Sports Club Colours for his services to swimming. He swam with Leander as a young teenager and is still a very keen swimmer swimming regularly at his local pool. He has level 1 and 2 Teaching Qualifications and is also qualified in Pool Rescue. He has many years of experience as a Swimming Teacher and Coach including children of all ages and takes a keen interest in their individual progression and swimming development.

    Sally Durcan

      • Level one and two swimming teacher teaching all abilities ranging in ages between 3-14
      • Swum for Northern and represented at gala's for over 10 years before moving to Leander Masters this year. 
      • An official timekeeper

      Maggie Kelly MBE

      • Awarded MBE for services to Swimming.
      • Former Captain of the British Team 1975-1980
      • Former British and Commonwealth Record Holder on 50,100 and 200 Breast.
      • Former British Record Holder on 100 and 200 Backstroke
      • Former English Record Holder on 200 IM.
      • Masters Record Holder at a variety of ages! Breast, Fly and IM.
      • Represented GBR at 3 World Championships, 3 Commonwealth Games and 3 Olympics.
      • Silver at Moscow Olympics 4 x 100 medley relay
      • Silver and Bronze at Commonwealth Games, 100 and 200 Breaststroke
      • Bronze World Championships, 100 Breaststroke

      Maggie retired in 1980 to take up a role in Speedo Europe but came out of retirement after the birth of her first child Robbie in 1986 to represent GBR at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 and England at the Commonwealth Games in 1990.

      Bobby Gordon

      • Level 2 Swimming Teacher with 20+ years experience.
      • Leander member since the age of 8, now with over 30 years of competitive swimming experience.
      • Midland District Age Group medal winner. National Age Group Finalist.
      • Nova Squad member for 6 years.
      • Currently swimming with Leander Masters and competing when I have time!

      Stuart Gordon

      Level 2 teacher with over 30 years association with Leander as parent, swimmer and teacher/coach. A Founder member of Leander Masters, I had to give up swimming due for medical reasons. I am proud to have children and now grandchildren active within the club because I believe in the family ethos we promote. My philosophy about swimming can be summed up in two sentences :-
      1. The first question to be asked of a young swimmer should be “did you enjoy it”
      2. It is not helpful to have swimmers (of any age) doing lots of distance, swimming badly, so technique it at the top of my priority list.
      I take sessions at Keyworth on Fridays and Rushcliffe Arena on Sundays

      Steve Brett

      • Not a swimmer by background but have had competition and coaching experience as a slalom canoeist.

      • Got involved with Leander as a parent of swimmers, through timing at Junior galas and then becoming qualified as a L1 Judge and L1 coach.  Currently working toward L2 Coach.

      • I've been helping at Leander since roughly 2011 and currently coach mainly at East Leake on Thursdays and DJ on Fridays.

      Kevin Campbell

      A level 1 instructor. I swam at Guisborough Amateur Swimming Club as a child, to no great level but enough that I could return to swimming in my late 30s and complete a couple of long distance triathlons.

      My real background is rowing, spending 18 years competing. The similarities between the sports are striking. Completing an action repeatedly in the most efficient way possible to move through water. Power is important but only when applied to good technique.

      Kathryn Sharp

      I started swimming with Nottingham Leander in the 1970’s and was competing for the club when Tony Holmes joined as a very young chief coach.  I then went on to swim for Nova Centurion, and in that time was lucky enough to have both Bill Furniss and Bill Davies as my coaches.  After leaving Nova and going to University, I trained with Plymouth Leander Masters and later, when I moved to Bristol for work, I joined Bristol masters.

      Now back in Nottingham, my kids are enjoying swimming for Nottingham Leander and I am now a Level 2 swim teacher (and have been for the last 4 years).

      I teach at Djanogly on Monday evening and East Leake on a Thursday. 

      Brent Yeo

      My qualifications are: Prelim Teachers, Teachers. Prelim Club Coach, Assistant Club Coach upgraded to Club Coach.

      Over the last 40 years, I have been Assistant Coach to Tony Holmes at Notts Leander, Head Coach at Leicester Penguins and Loughborough Town. In April 2012 I returned as Coach to Notts Leander. I now help with the Senior Squad at Rushcliffe on Mondays and coach the Development Squad at High School on Wednesdays with my team of Anna and Kate

      Mandy Scotney

      • Full-time Swimming Teacher all ability levels
      • Level 2 Teacher & Coach
      • Qualified Swimming referee
      • Current Nova Centurion Mansfield A squad Qualified Swimming referee representing Leander at County, District and Nation competition

      I am day to day a professional swim teacher working with all abilities levels including those assessed as disability. I am a qualified level two teacher and level two coach. My introduction to competitive swimming began like that of many people with my own children's competitive career in swimming and a desire to assist in the running of the teaching club which they belonged to at the time. As well as a qualified coach, I am also a qualified swimming referee, representing Leander as an official at county, district and national competition. Presently I am also part of the coaching staff of the county squad Nova Centurion, coaching the Mansfield A squad each week alongside the head coach GlenSmith. People might well be aware of Charlotte Henshaw and Olli Hynd, the Paralympic medalists who train as part of the Mansfield Squad. They demonstrate very well what can be achieved by anybody with desire and effort. It is this range of experience at all levels and as both coach and official that I bring to Leander.

      Jonny Higham

      • Swimmer of 18yrs (Trafford Met, Loughborough Uni, Notts Leander)
      • Current Masters swimmer and Water Polo player for Notts Leander
      • Qualified Swimming Teacher and  Coach (Lvl 1)
      • 9 years of Teaching/Coaching experience
      • 2x British Masters record holder
      • Day job – Brand Manager for the Competitive Swimming Category globally at Speedo International
      • Once snook into some swimming drill demo videos for Speedo ??