Danny McGowan – Technical Director
A life member of the Scottish Swimming Association, Danny started coaching swimming in 1964, and joined Cumbernauld Swimming Club in 1972. His achievements include:
1982 – 1986 GB Coach National Senior Squad;
1986 – Scotland Aquatics Team Manager Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh;
1994 – Scotland Aquatics Team Manager – Commonwealth Games, Victoria, Canada;
1994 – GB Team Manager European Sprint Championships, Newcastle;
1998 – Aquatics Team Manager – Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Currently employed as full time Chief Coach with Cumbernauld Swimming Club, Danny has been coach to several British and Scottish Internationalists and Record holders. This includes Jean Hill, double Commonwealth Games Silver medalist and finalist at both the 1988 (Seoul) and 1992 (Barcelona) Olympic Games. In 1986 Danny was voted “Coach of the Year” by the BANC.
Tricia Naidoo – Head Coach
Tricia began volunteering with Cumbernauld Swimming Club in 1999 and filled the role of Child Protection Officer from then until 2011.
She became involved in a coaching capacity in 2006 and currently holds her UKCC Level 1 qualification in Teaching Aquatics, and UKCC Level 2 qualification in Coaching Swimming. Currently she is the coach for Junior National. Through her hard work and dedication she was made North Lanarkshire’s Swim Team Manager and was also made one of NL’s coaches for the International Children’s Games for Canada 2013.
Tricia fits in all her coaching hours round her other commitments as a Post Graduate Tutor at Glasgow University and and supply FE Lecturer Sociology. She has a BSC in Sports/Social policy and TQFE in Social Studies, Arts and Humanities. Tricia also finds time to fill her role as a Justice of the Peace Advisory Committee Member.
Jennifer is still a competitive swimmer and has been involved in swimming all her life starting at the very bottom at mums and babies working her way through the learn to swim programme and then into the club.
At 17 Jennifer decided that she wanted to get involved in the coaching side of the club and has been coaching Improvers 1 ever since. She currently holds UKCC level 1 Teaching Aquatics and is working towards her UKCC level 2 Coaching Swimming. Jennifer has also recently completed a Bsc Honours in Sports Coaching.
Through her dedication to the club and to training Jennifer was girls club captain for a period and is currently the Junior District Squad coach.
Fraser has been swimming competitively since the age of 9 and is still at age 22 a competitive swimmer and member of the senior elite squad at Cumbernauld Swimming Club, competing regularly at district and national events.
After training with a number of different swimming clubs Fraser decided to join Cumbernauld Swimming Club at the age of 17 to pursue a higher level of fitness and performance. Since joining he has established himself as a member of the coaching team coaching the Improvers 2 squad. He graduated with a BSc Honours in Sport & Exercise Science (Specialising in Sports Injury) from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2015.
Fraser is currently the coach for the Age Group Graded Squad.
Lucy joined the club at the age of 7 and swam competitively for 9 years. During this time she moved her way up through the club to the senior squad where she became club captain. Lucy competed at a wide range of competitions and represented North Lanarkshire in the international children’s games in Canada in 2013 and Australia in 2014. Amongst her many other achievements Lucy holds 4 West District long course records, was the 2k west district
open water champion and has won the club sprint and distance championships at every age group.
After retiring from swimming she has taken the opportunity to carry on her passion through coaching and has begun to coach Improver’s 1 where she can use her knowledge and experience to inspire future Cumbernauld champions.
Lisa joined Cumbernauld Swimming Club at the age of 12 and went straight into the top squad. She swam for Cumbernauld for 7 years and during this period she won various titles at both District and Scottish level. She represented Scotland at both senior and junior level competing in Wales and Denmark and was also a 6 time representative in the Scottish schools team.
She retired from swimming in her fourth year at Stirling University where she gained a BA Hons degree in Sociology and Sports Studies. During her time at university she coupled competitive swimming with working for NL council doing swimming lessons in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. It was during this period that she gained her assistant teaching and teachers qualifications.
After leaving university she joined the police where she served for 10 years. During this time she married and had 2 children. In 2013 she made a career change and became a foster carer.
Her eldest son joined the club in June 2016 and thus allowed her to get involved with the club again and gave her the opportunity to coach allowing me to fulfill my enjoyment of teaching and coaching.
Lisa is currently the coach of Improvers 2
Jennifer swam with Cumbernauld from the age of 8 until she was 18, making the senior squad and competing at a range of competitions. Through her passion and love of swimming she started coaching whilst still training as part of a school Community Sports Leadership Award.
After retiring from swimming she stayed involved as a coach and is currently in charge of Age Group Graded. Jennifer has worked hard to achieve many qualifications in sport and specifically swimming. She has a HND and BSC Hons in Sports Coaching, and also UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics. She taught with NLL’s Learn to Swim programme for 6 years gaining vast experience in working with children of all ages and abilities.
Most recently Jennifer has achieved a postgraduate degree in Primary Education from Strathclyde University and is now working full-time as a primary school teacher.
Recently, due to increased work commitments, Jennifer stepped down as a squad coach but will continue to be involved with the club helping as a link person between the club and the lesson programme.