Our Coaches

Ian Rosser

Head Coach
Ian has represented Wales at 2 previous Commonwealth Games. He was a member of the GB Swim Squad and represented them at The World Student Games and European Youth Championships. He has been head coach of Torfaen Dolphins since 2015, but has been involved with swimming in the Torfaen Borough since the age of 9.

He has held many Welsh records in many different events and travelled around the world extensively to compete.

Since his time in charge of TD, the club has gone from strength to strength. Many swimmers have made National competitions and represented Wales in various squads, the club has also doubled in numbers.

Sean Thackray

Lead Coach for Performance 2
Sean recently joined Torfaen Dolphins when Blaenavon Barracudas disbanded.

Sean is a level 2 coach and although not from a competitive swimming background, he is a great asset to our coaching team. He is about to start the Level 3 ASA Swim England Senior Swimming Coach Certificate.

Brett Nowell

Lead Coach for Performance 3

Brett is our lead coach for Performance 3 and has been coaching with Torfaen Dolphins since 2015 when his eldest daughter joined the club. He is a level 2 coach and also a level 2 team manager. He is a former Torfaen Swimmer, representing Wales at youth and senior level in the 400 and 1500 freestyle events and has previously held the Welsh youth records in the latter distance. Brett is hugely passionate about coaching and thrives on developing his young squad to help them achieve their full potential.

Sarah Croke

Lead Coach for Academy, Development Squads & Spartan Para-Swimmers

Sarah started swimming competitively at the age of 6 with Torfaen Swim Squad, alongside some of our current TD coaches (Tom, Leighton, Alun, Brett, Claire and Ian) and went on to represent Wales in the Welsh Schools Championships in the 100m backstroke.

Sarah returned to the swimming scene when her children, Ben and Libby joined Torfaen Dolphins 2 years ago, but this time as a volunteer coach. She became heavily involved and her old passion for swimming quickly resurfaced!

My favourite part is seeing a child achieve something that they have been working towards. This could be something as simple as a first dive, or first tumble turn, up to a huge PB in a race. It is the look of sheer pleasure that radiates across their face when they’ve done it. If I could bottle that feeling and sell it, I would be a millionaire!  The pride we feel as coaches is immense and we take huge pleasure in the progress and enjoyment the children get from swimming.”

Sarah has recently taken on the lead coach role for the Academy, Development squads and Spartans from Claire Rosser. She has done an amazing job supporting Claire over the past few years and the club is so pleased that she agreed to step into this Lead role.

Tom Croke

Assistant Coach Performance 1
Tom is a former Torfaen Swim Squad and Welsh National swimmer. He joined the Torfaen Dolphins Coaching team in 2015 when his daughter Carys entered the development squads.

“I was keen for my children (Carys now 10, Seren 8 and Sion 4) to have the same opportunities that I had, swimming for a community, family focused swim squad. Competitive swimming offers young people so much more than the perception of just swimming laps up and down a pool. Children that join Torfaen Dolphins will learn how to work in a team, develop their communication skills, take on challenges, engage in critical thinking, develop self control and self confidence and most importantly learn how to swim better, more efficiently and effectively whilst having fun.”

Since re-joining the club as a coach Tom has gained the level 1 and 2 coaching awards and recently completed the Level 3 ASA Swim England Senior Swimming Coach Certificate. He has coached across all squads within the club and is now assisting Ian, the Head Coach in Performance 1. His coaching philosophy is to ensure that every squad member is given the opportunity to swim to the best of their ability. It is Tom’s belief that happy, content, technically proficient swimmers will undoubtedly make better swimmers, which will aid their longevity in the sport.

“I see no reason why in the near future Torfaen Dolphins swimmers cannot represent GB and Wales at European, Commonwealth, Olympic and World Championships; it is my aim to ensure that our swimmers are afforded this chance.”

Leighton Coleman

Leighton first joined Torfaen at the age of 8 after starting at Caldicot. He rose through the ranks, swimming for Welsh Schools and then through the Welsh youth squads,  winning various National titles. He represented Wales at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle relay, and Nofio Cymru at various World Cup meets including Barcelona, Australia and Hong Kong. After turning 40 he put his old bones to the test and swam the English Chanel!

“After retiring from competitive swimming I simply couldn’t stay away, having now returned to the TD family that has welcomed me back!”

Ray Morgan

Strength and Conditioning
Ray is a multi-sport coach and personal trainer who specialises in youth sport. He is also a qualified Youth Strength and Conditioning Coach, Triathlon Coach, Swimming Coach, Running Coach and Personal Trainer and regularly attends CPD’s with both Swim Wales and Welsh Triathlon. The combination of skills and experience from his different qualifications mean he is able to provide land based training that meets the specific needs of swimmers including strength, power, and endurance whilst, perhaps more importantly, maintaining mobility and flexibility.

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Upcoming Events

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South East Sub-Regional Competition

When: November 23 2018 | Where: Newport International Sports Village

The South East Sub-regional swimming Competition is a short course Meet that takes place on Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November 2018... View details »

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Swim Wales Winter Championship 2018

When: November 30 2018 | Where: Wales National Pool, Swansea

The Swim Wales Winter Championships is a competitive open event aimed at top ranked swimmers. The event this year will be swam short course and incorporates the Welsh Short Course Age Group Championships.... View details »

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