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09 Sep 2009

British Swimming has added to the coaching structure of its network of the British Gas Intensive Training Centres with the appointment Graham Bassi as Assistant Coach at Swansea ITC.

Bassi leaves the position of Head Coach at Bournemouth SC to take up the role in Swansea where he will work alongside Head Coach Bud McAllister.

Since beginning a career as a professional coach in 1995 with Lincoln Vulcans, Bassi has coached 12 international swimmers including Olympians Lizzie Simmonds and Kate Haywood.

Bassi has also coached as part of British Swimming teams competing at World and European Championships as well as for the England at the Commonwealth Games.

The announcement completes a comprehensive recruitment process for British Swimming in implementing a network of  British Gas ITCs while ensuring these are led by the highest-calibre of coaches.

British Gas ITCs provide a leading environment for both athletes and coaches in Britain to enhance their development. They are key to an overall strategy designed to maximise performance outcomes and provide sustainable success as swimming moves towards 2012 and beyond.

The British Gas ITC network is one of three key initiatives in place to establish a world-class daily training environment in Britain. The other two elements involve establishing Podium and Development clubs together with identified Individual Athlete Support for those outside of the British Gas ITCs and Podium and Development clubs.

The philosophy of the British Gas ITCs is to offer a full range of land and pool training facilities together with sports science and medicine support in single locations.

British Swimming NPD Michael Scott is pleased with the progress of the British Gas ITC network and is looking forward to seeing the long-term results to be gained from providing an enhanced daily training environment for Britain’s talent.

“We’re now in the process of ensuring everything is in place to complete our goal of providing a world class daily training environment,” said Scott.

“This is a very important step and is the foundation by which we believe we will improve performance in the international arena.”


British Swimming has implemented British Gas ITCs at the following 50m facilities and the coaching staff at each centre currently comprises:

University of Bath – Head Coach Dave McNulty, Assistant Coach Graeme Antwhistle
Loughborough University – Head Coach Ben Titley, Senior Coach Kevin Renshaw
Stockport – Head Coach Sean Kelly, Sprint Coach Sean Zitani
Stirling University – Head Coach Doug Frost, Assistant Coach Rob Greenwood
Swansea – Head Coach Bud McAllister, Assistant Coach Graham Bassi

For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 0778 992 6136 or email dave.richards@swimming.org

British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (Amateur Swimming Association), Scotland (Scottish Amateur Swimming Association) and Wales. (Welsh Amateur Swimming Association)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

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