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Tribute to Swimming Coach Keith Bewley

Tributes have been paid to respected swimmer and coach Keith Bewley who sadly passed away earlier this week aged 69.

Prior to his distinguished coaching career, Keith was a regular international swimmer. He originally swam for Bootle and North Liverpool, and later joined the strong city of Southampton squad under Coach Deryk Snelling.

Keith competed in both freestyle and butterfly, winning bronze in the 110 yard Butterfly at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, as well as medalling in the 110y, 220y, and 440y Freestyle at ASA Championships.

Before taking up the Head Coach role for Swim Ireland in 2006, Keith spent 27 years as head coach for Wigan Wasps SC. In 2009 he became the Elite Performance Coach for City of Cardiff Swimming Club.

During his career, Keith successfully coached 16 swimmers to Olympic Games selection and coached at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and the 1982, 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Following the medal success of the women’s 4x100m Medley Relay in 1980, he was inducted into the British Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

On behalf of all our members we would like to send our condolences to Keith’s family and his many friends at this sad time.

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