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Humer announced as British Gas ITC assistant coach

23 Nov 2009 15:16

Lars Humer has been named as the new Assistant Coach to Sean Kelly at the British Gas ITC in Stockport where he will work with the ITC swimmers including Olympic medallists Keri-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten.

Humer has been Head Coach to the British Gas Disability Team since 2002 and in this time he has provided some of the world’s best Paralympians with vital coaching support.

Humer has been involved in aquatic sports since he was a child in New Zealand and his career has also seen him work with some of the world’s best athletes and coaches.

Humer knew that the time was right for him to make a change in his already successful career.

“After Beijing, I came home and re-evaluated my career goals and I realised that I was missing everyday poolside coaching,” Humer said.  “Since then this job with the British Gas ITC came up and I expressed an interest and they took me on. I am looking forward to being back on pool deck on a day-to-day basis and having one-to-one coaching relationships with the athletes.”

“I think I will bring a useful skill set to compliment Sean's coaching and I am looking forward to supporting him and the athletes. I have worked with some of the world's best Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches in my career and I am looking forward to bringing that experience to my new role.”

British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott said: “Lars [Humer] will be a valuable addition to the British Gas ITC Network coaching staff and the British Gas ITC in Stockport. I know that the team are looking forward to seeing him on the pool deck in Stockport making a positive contribution in the near future.”

On leaving the British Gas Disability Team Humer said: “I believe I am leaving British Disability Swimming in a strong position for moving forward. The belief amongst the team is on the ability and not disability and that swimming is swimming. The team is in a good position and there is also a good amount of lead in time before London 2012.”

-ENDS-

For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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British Gas is Britain's favourite domestic energy supplier. As well as providing gas and electricity, it also installs and maintains central heating and gas appliances in millions of homes throughout the country. British Gas is very proud to be the principal partner of British Swimming and home countries: The ASA, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales. British Gas is supporting the team's quest for medals on the world and Olympic stage - and giving as many people as possible the opportunity to learn to swim and use swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. British Gas wants to ensure local pools remain at the heart of our communities. By using its expertise, it can help them reduce costs by being more energy efficient and safeguard the facilities for this and future generations. For more information visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming

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