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Nick Gillingham

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Nick Gillingham


Nick Gillingham M.B.E., FIOS is a double Olympic medallist swimmer and has won gold medals at World European and Commonwealth Games Championships over a 13 years period. He is also a World Masters Champion and Record Holder.

Nick was awarded the MBE in 1993 for ‘services to swimming’ and , having retired from full-time competitive sport in 1996, established a sports communications business focusing on sports marketing, development & events SCG Ltd.

With a passion for Performance & Development, Technology & Insight, Mentoring, Teaching and Coaching Analysis Nick, and CG Ltd have recently developed the world's first on-line race analysis and technique analysis system SwimOptimum for swimmers, coaches and sport scientists.

SwimOptimum uses bespoke technology with quantified feedback to identify and rate techniques and race performances identifying areas of development for whole performance improvement. SwimOptimum believes that the technology and methodology will be of significant assistance to all swimmers and is set against world class measures to achieve the very best results.

Nick believes in mentoring opportunities in respect to talented young performers as well as hard to reach young people.

The Nick Gillingham Swim Academy is approved by the National Governing Body for swimming the Amateur Swimming Association and is a member of the Institute of Swimming. Under the umbrella of the Nick Gillingham Swim Academy offer:

Courses: The 'Art of Swimming' courses deliver specifically on 'breaststroke' 'butterfly' and 'starts & turns' across ASA County areas for competitive club swimmers between the ages of 10 years & 16 years of age.

Coaching: One-2-One coaching opportunities to include a full video diary. Coaching takes place in a private anti-wave lane with blocks and flags at a 25m facility or in a fully equipped Endless Pool (Swimmers Flume).

Stroke Technique: Detailed stroke analysis availability utilising the highly praised on-line SwimOptimum tools.

Swim Clinics: Swimming Club Nights and Development Days for registered competitive clubs. These events can be bespoke to the clubs individual requirements or based around our Art of Swimming Courses to include both pool sessions and keynote presentations.

Mentoring: Mentoring opportunities and packages are available for swimmers in respect of their personal development. Please contact us to discuss personal needs and requirements.

Most recently Nick accepted the position of University Chancellor at Walsall Children's University evaluated by the University of Cambridge. He has been a School Governor and was awarded the Degree an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland for his contribution to sport. 

Nick Gillingham's swimming career as follows;

1989         European Championships      200m GOLD (World Record), 100m Bronze                                                
  Commonwealth Games 200m Bronze
1990 European Championships 200m GOLD
  Commonwealth Games 200m Bronze, 100m Bronze
  Other 200m 2:08.14 (World Record short course)
1991 World Championships 200m    Bronze
  European Championships 200m GOLD (Commonwealth Record)
  Other 200m (World Record short course)
1992 Olympic Games 200m Bronze 2:11.29 (Commonwealth Record), 100m 7th
1993 World Championships 200m GOLD (European Record), 100m 4th, 4x100m Med. Rly Bronze
  European Championships 200m GOLD (Championship Record), 100m Silver, 4 x100m Med.Rly Bronze
1994 World Championships 200m 4th
  Commonwealth Games 200m GOLD (Commonwealth Games Record), 100m Silver, 4x100m Med. Rly Bronze   
1996 Olympic Games 200m 4th
1999 European Championships 200m GOLD (Master World Record), 100m GOLD (Masters World Record)
2000 World Championships 50m GOLD, 100m GOLD, 200m GOLD
2003 European Championships 50m GOLD, 100m GOLD, 200m GOLD
2005 World Championships 50m GOLD, 100m GOLD (Master World Record), 200m GOLD (Master World Record)

Nick has also held, among others, the following positions;
Vice President to the National Swimming Trust 2002-2003 Charity No.1058338
Chairman to the City of Birmingham Swimming Club 2001 - 2003
ACE UK Accreditation (United Kingdom Sports Institute)
British Olympic Association ‘Planning for Success’ Course Presenter 1997 - 2001
British Olympic Association ‘Public Relations Manager’ Olympic Holding Camps 1999 - 2000
British Olympic Association ‘Ambassador of Sport’ 1997 - 2000
Trustee to the ASA National Swimming Trust 1998 - 2001 Charity No.1058338
ASA Swimming Development Consultant 1997 - 1999
Patron CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) 1997 - 1999
Patron Kent Leaning Centre for Disabled Children 1990 - 1997
ASAGB Technical Committee Member 1994 - 1995

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