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Meet The Swim Smooth team!

Swim Smooth is dedicated to making you a better swimmer. Find out below a little more about our team, why we're so passionate about swimming and what makes us tick:

Paul Newsome - Head Coach & Director, Perth Australia

Paul founded Swim Smooth in 2004 after an extensive racing and coaching background in swimming and triathlon. Paul leads the coaching at Swim Smooth's home base in Perth operating our large training squads at the sunny Claremont pool with an all round focus on technique, swim fitness and open water skills.

Paul's original specialism (and still his major passion) is video analysis and stroke correction, which he has pioneered since the year 2000.

Away from swimming, Paul is a devoted husband to Michelle and father to his two young children, Jackson and Isla. Famous for his perma-tan, unique sideburns and Aussie/Yorkshire accent, in 2011 Paul swam the English Channel and in June 2013 won the presigious 46km Manhattan Island Marathon swim.

For Paul's full bio see: www.swimsmooth.com/paul.html

And his Manhanttan race report here: www.feelforthewater.com/2013/06/paul-newsomes-winning-manhattan-race.html

Adam Young - Head Coach & Director, UK

A former age group triathlete and swimmer, Head Coach Adam Young became a partner in Swim Smooth in 2008 and heads up Swim Smooth's coaching in the UK.

Adam is the brains behind Mr Smooth, most of what you see of Swim Smooth's websites and the forthcoming Swim Smooth app.

A reformed Overglider (he used to be an engineer after all!), Adam is an expert at looking camp in photos.

Linda Newsome - Sales Manager, UK

Based in North Wales, Linda heads up our distribution team providing that super-fast Swim Smooth service which you know and love. Affectionately known as "Mother Smooth" by the Swim Smooth team, Linda's insight and experience is the backbone of our operations.

Amoungst her many talents, Linda has the unique ability to determine your wetsuit size from 300 meters away.

Annie Oberlin-Harris - Project Leader, UK

With an extensive tri / swim coaching background, as well as sports and exercise science, Annie joined our team in 2013. Based in the UK, Annie is working on a variety of coaching projects to export more of what we do in Perth and the UK to you around the world.

Annie's currently leading our Coach Education resources and Learn To Swim programme, and you'll find her regularly contributing on our forum and social media offering light sprinklings of Swim Smooth magic.

Annie likes to get on with things (she is a Swinger after all) and has a close affection with jellyfish (not!!!!!). It might have something to do with her bubbly character but nobody is quite sure why but Annie's nickname is "Annie Pants".

Gabriela Minarikova - Swim Smooth Coach - Prague, Czech Republic

Gabriela was the first certified SS Coach outside the UK and Australia, and has been devoted to swimming since she was seven, firstly aste a successful competitive swimmer and secondly as a coach. Gabriela holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education & Sport from the prestigious Czech Charles University with a specialisation in Swimming Coaching and also holds the highest level ranking (I) of Swim Coaching in Czech.

Based in Prague, Gabriela runs regular training squads and specializes is developing both junior and masters category competitive swimmers. Using her motto "everything is possible if you want to" Gabriela is working towards establishing the first ever Swim Smooth Swim squad for competitive pool swimmers. She cooperates with the Czech national team swim coaches and has also just started to operate kids swim camps.

Away from swimming Gabriela's joy is her beautiful daughter Victoria (hopefully a future swimming champion!) and loves practicing all kinds of sport (most recently skydiving), travelling, good cuisine and relaxation time in the beautiful forests surrounding Prague.

Martin Hill - Swim Smooth Coach - Alicante, Spain

Martin has over 20 years of triathlon and swim coaching experience and has worked with novice to pro level athletes in both 1-2-1 and squad / club scenarios. He has also mentored individuals in both a sporting and business context to help the individual achieve their best performance and applies this to his coaching.

Over a period of several years whilst swim coaching, Martin developed the Palm Paddle (www.palmpaddle.com) to help the swimmer develop a technically correct stroke - the Palm Paddle has since been used by many pro-triathletes and swimmers, the most recent being IM70.3 and IM World Champion Leanda Cave.

In June 2013 Martin and his wife Linda moved to live in Spain, near to Alicante (which has very easy international access), to coach full time Swim Smooth and Triathlon Clinics from Casa de Triatlon (www.triathlontrainingspain.com).

With attendees limited to 5 persons, each clinic is different and tailored to the needs of the group to ensure everyone gets as much individual coaching as needed. Every Clinic (Swim and Triathlon) includes a Swim Smooth Video Analysis to establish a baseline for each person. Subsequent pool swim sessions focus on correcting specific parts of the stroke as necessary, performance training. The pool sessions are complemented by open water (sea) swimming and cover the specific skills required for this different environment.

Steve Bailey - Swim Smooth Coach - Salisbury, UK

Steve came into triathlon way back in the late 80's when wetsuits were mainly just for surfing in. Soon after completing his first season in triathlon he started up one of the first dedicated coached pool based swim sessions catering for the local triathletes. That was followed by a few years spent away from triathlon as his 3 kids grew up and went through squad training with the local swim squad, during which time Steve decided that since he was at the pool anyway, he may as well get involved in the coaching. Then it was back to triathlon (both competing and coaching swim sessions for triathletes) and bringing all of his coaching qualifications up to date.

During that period Steve started looking for new inspiration and a new approach to his swim coaching, and came across Swim Smooth. To coin a well used phrase, the rest is history, as Steve soon established a good relationship with Paul and Adam, the result of which was to be invited to become one of their certified Swim Smooth Coached based in the UK.

Steve has competed at all distances in triathlon and is leaning more now towards longer distance swims for his own challenges.

Julian Nagi - Swim Smooth Coach - Acton, UK

Julian is highly experienced coach with an extensive background in Ironman triathlon racing and open water swimming. Julian's love for the open water stems from his time as a lifeguard on the world famous Bondi beach where he spent most of his time treating kids jellyfish stings and helping attractive ladies apply sun tan lotion... along with saving many lives of course!

Julian's major passions are Ironman triathlon coaching, swim video analysis, stroke correction and swim squad development. Working with a wide range of athletes from beginner through to top professional athletes.

Outside of swimming and triathlon Julian is a serious food obsessive, which includes eating, cooking and dining out. So that means anyone attending one of his Swim Smooth video sessions can get free restaurant guidance as well free of charge!

Julian is currently Head Coach of British Gas swimming and is currently working on "Swim Britain" which is a national campaign to get the country swimming again.

Emma Brunning - Swim Smooth Coach - Windermere, UK

Emma is an Open Water and Triathlon Coach based on Lake Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Emma runs her own Open Water Swim business Active Blu and prides herself in delivering professional and inclusive Open Water, Squad and Video Analysis sessions and courses around the UK and further afield.

Emma co ordinates the open water training days for Swim Smooth as well as being a Tri England Coach, tutor and mentor. She loves nothing more then developing coaches and supporting them to achieve their potential.

Always having had a passion for the outdoor life, if Emma is not out training or racing in the water, she can be usually found up a crag, on the fells or climbing some of the Lakeland passes on her bike.

However she still spends the majority of her time in search of the best hot chocolate in the North of England! Answers on a postcard to emma@activeblu.co.uk

Steve Casson - Swim Smooth Coach - Northampton, UK

Steve has a wealth of coaching experience gained over 29 years in all walks of life, through arduous physical endeavors, military operations, academia, business, corporate management, team building and of course sport.

Steve currently holds two Elite Coaching roles in the sport of Triathlon as a Regional Head Talent Coach and as Lead Technical Triathlon Coach to the GB Paratriathlon Squad.

Steve's pragmatic interest in the use of video analysis started back in 2005, using underwater video to help a group of swimmers improve their technique - so it was a pleasure to meet Paul and Adam a few years later and be invited to join the Swim Smooth team and deliver world class swim video analysis and stroke development in the UK and other warmer climes!

Steve has lots of experience running and delivering Open Water, Swimming and Triathlon training camps for all ability levels and in 2012 pioneered the way to evolve the concept of the "Swim Smooth All Day Clinic" into a series of week long training camp experiences in Mallorca.

Steve delivers coach education on behalf of Swim Smooth to British Triathlon on the Level 3 courses.

Fiona Ford - Swim Smooth Coach - Richmond, UK

Fiona founded Triathlon Europe in 2007 with a decade of racing experience and multiple European and World Championship titles. As head coach Fiona runs an established swim squad in Richmond, providing a year-round program of technique, speed endurance and open water skills training. Fiona's athlete-centric coaching approach is exemplified at her swim video analysis workshops and individual (1-2-1) sessions, enhanced by expertise in stroke modification to improve triathlon / open water swim performance.

Fiona used swimming extensively for rehabilitation for serious injuries sustained in a bike accident last year. Until 2012 Fiona enjoyed racing (neo) Pro at Ironman triathlon, combining full-time work with top ten results. She is currently preparing to lead another Summer Grand Alps cycle tour from Geneva to Nice.

Sally Scaffidi - Swim Smooth Coach - Perth, Australia

Sally was first introduced to Swim Smooth in 2008 as a swimmer and triathlete, where she was fortunate enough to be coached by Paul Newsome. The highlight of her triathlon racing days was competing at Ironman Hawaii as an age grouper for Australia. Hailing from a Secondary School teaching background, Sally has turned to coaching, and at present is helping coach the Swim Smooth squads and conducting video analysis and stroke correction sessions from Perth. Sally loves coaching, and enjoys helping swimmers improve and reach their goals. She is always at her happiest on pool deck.

Sally has made the transition more recently to adventure racing and loves the challenge off offroad racing and learning new skills. She prefers to swim in the open water (although cold water is not her friend) and is looking forward to completing her first solo crossing to Rottnest in 2014.

Alan Cardwell - Swim Smooth Coach - Lanark, UK

Alan lives and breathes triathlon. Since joining Lanark Tri Club at the request of the Scottish National Performance Coach, he's been head coach at the club for the past three years, earning two Coach of the Year Awards for both Sport and Tri Scotland. He's also a Coach Educator for Tri Scotland and is extremely passionate about increasing participation, performance and having fun with the best sport on the planet.

Alan has many athletic achievements to his own name too, with four Scottish Champs Age Group medals, three of them last year in his 46th year (partly as a result of his Swim Smooth work). He's also a multiple Ironman finisher and has represented Team Great Britain in a total of nine countries.

Alan's background is in Management Consultancy, with expertise in analysis and psychology, which helps him challenge and motivate everyone. So naturally he earned the nickname 'The Captain' since he's so driven to get the job done!