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Former ASA/British Swimming coaching co-ordinator Mick Hepwood passes away

29 August 2013

Former ASA/British Swimming coaching co-ordinator, Mick Hepwood has died at the age of 69.

He was a talented footballer in his youth and was on the books of West Bromwich Albion FC. He was a West Brom supporter through and through and very proud of his Black Country roots. However, he found out that he could earn more as a milkman’s mate and so began his career with Avonmore Dairies working his way up through the ranks to become an area manager.

His love of sport was still in his blood and so he took up coaching swimming.  He became coach at Walsall Swimming Club and then assistant coach at the City of Birmingham where the coaches were Rick, Mick and Nick (Rick Bailey, Mick Hepwood and Nick Sellwood).

During his coaching career, Mick was involved in the development of Nick Gillingham, Tim Jones, Paul Howe, Joe Coul, Roland Lee, Marie Hardiman and Adam Ruckwood to name a few.

In 2001, he started work with the ASA/British Swimming as a coaching co-ordinator under Bill Sweetenham and in 2006, this changed to Regional Talent and Development coach visiting clubs within his region to help with the development of both swimmers and coaches.

In the late 1990’s, he was a member of the ASA staff that took teams to the World Cup. He was a very experienced level 2 team manager and was never frightened to discipline as necessary.

Mick left the ASA in 2008 to ease down on his workload following a heart scare.

More recently, he struggled with a debilitating illness and our thoughts go to his family on their sad loss.

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