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Introducing the Phoenix Coaching Team

Julie Jago - Head Coach

I am proud to be the Head Coach for Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club; where our motto is "Ability not Disability."

I have been involved with swimming clubs since the age of 12 when I started competing, I carried on racing until my mid-forties. My biggest achievement as a swimmer was when I was part of a successful relay team of six that crossed the English Channel in 1986. Interestingly another member of the team was Carl Cooper who is now a Para Swimming Talent Coach.

I have taught and coached for five different swimming clubs over the years and currently also teach for Leisure World as well as being an Assistant Coach for Stanway Swimming club.

My disability experience comes from being a Teaching Assistant for fourteen years both as a general classroom TA and working one to one with several children with a particular focus on Downs Syndrome. I was a teacher for Colchester Phoenix for a couple of years before stepping up to take the key positions of running the Phoenix teaching section and being Head Coach of the main squad. I stepped down from the teaching section in September 2018 passing that privilege on to Tracy Cole.

Accomplishments as Head Coach include coaching two of our swimmers who have gone on to break world records and five swimmers who have represented Great Britain in their relevant classification.

In 2018 Colchester Phoenix won Community club of the year at the local sports personality of the year awards which was a proud moment for everyone involved in the club.

Behind every good club there is a great team of committee members, teachers and coaches who are all here to support our swimmers on their swimming journey.