Swimming: 2012 Olympian to coach St Paul’s Bay Club

Friday, July 15, 2016, 16:16

Gavin Muscat


2012 Olympian to coach St Paul’s Bay Club

During the recent Klikks National Championships, Sirens ASC was delighted to be placed top of the medal table with 134 honours awarded to its swimmers. Medals alone are not enough it seems and this innovative club is now extremely pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head Coach to take Sirens ASC to the next level.

Craig Gibbons, a British 2012 Olympian, will be seen on deck later this month.  Gibbons will be taking the athletes through their paces, assessing technical ability and, if necessary, reorganising existing squads to ensure the best possible outcome for the 2016/17 season. He will be working closely with coaches and teachers and, ultimately, meeting parents to make certain that the whole club works together to achieve a successful future.

Most recently, 30 year old Gibbons has been coaching with Hamilton Aquatics in Dubai where as well as regular sessions, he organised specific stroke clinics to ensure that technical prowess matches speed.  After attending the National Championships to observe his new swimmers, he said he felt Malta was somewhat of a ‘sleeping giant,’ but equally capable of producing ‘exceptionally talented athletes who can challenge on a world stage.’ He said he was looking forward to working with an established team, adding, ‘it is my mission to lead a team of skilful, talented and hard working swimmers that have the common goal of achieving their potential, be that at the National Championships or the Olympic Games.’

Commenting on behalf of the Swimming Nursery,  Marian Bugeja, said, ‘we are thrilled to be able to welcome Craig to the Sirens family.  As well as his Olympic success, Craig has numerous World and European Championship swims under his belt and this high-level competitive experience will undoubtedly benefit our athletes whatever their age.’


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