Stroud Seals Swim Club relaunch

Assistant Coach Tim Tatchell, Head Coach Michael Abel,  Assistant Coach James Newall
Assistant Coach Tim Tatchell, Head Coach Michael Abel, Assistant Coach James Newall


STROUD Seals is a small swimming club based in Stroud, but year round squad training takes place at Lakeside Leisure Centre, Raymond Terrace.

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While small, the club has established itself as competitive club which caters to swimmers who are competing at state level but also embraces those swimmers who are younger and still developing their skills.

The club is very fortunate to have Head Coach Michael Abel running and developing their swimming pathways and technical program.

Seals Head Coach, Michael Abel is a licensed coach registered with ASCTA, he holds a Masters degree in Coaching from Griffith University.

Michael has over 30 yrs experience coaching swimmers from junior level through to competing on the national and world stage, he applies this extensive knowledge to developing technically comprehensive and detailed squad training programs, for groups and individuals.

Michael has been involved with swimming at the coaching and parent level and fully understands the pressures of work, school, and family.

His long term holistic approach enables him to manage training effectively to get the most out of the athletes so they can achieve their full potential as they develop their skills.

He is always available to discuss his approach to coaching and his training programs with swimmers and parents.

In order to expand and develop the range of coaching services within the club, Michael is developing junior coaches James Newall (21) and Tim Tatchell (19) who are both state/national level competitive swimmers.

Tim Tatchell is working as a learn to swim teacher at Lakeside Leisure Centre and is developing his swimming coaching at Lakeside Leisure Centre.

Tim also swims competitively and trains with Stroud Seals Swim Club.

He is working hard developing a small business enterprise, training hard at his swimming to attain State Open times and undertaking a coaching qualification with Lakeside Leisure Centre.

James Newall, is studying physiotherapy at Newcastle University, but is also a passionate and committed swimming coach.

Having been a highly competitive swimmer himself, James thoroughly enjoys developing new swimmers and passing on his knowledge and experience.

James is a Bronze level coach and works as a coach at Newcastle Forum at Newcastle University and has also coached at Lakeside Leisure Centre.

In these centres he has trained both high performance squads and development level squads.

James, as part of his coaching development, is establishing a Junior Dolphins Program at Stroud Community Pool.

The Junior Dolphins Program aims to bridge the gap between learn-to-swim and squad training.

James hopes to attract young swimmers on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons to Stroud.

James can be contacted on email

Once a month, all three coaches can be found at Stroud Community Pool, helping the club to run and organise Swimming Club.

Developing junior swimmers and helping kids achieve their potential requires commitment and vision and these young coaches under the guidance of Michael Abel are developing their potential and developing young swimmers.

Come and meet the coaches on 18 November 2018 at 2pm at Swimming Club.

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