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Graham Wardell

Graham Wardell

Head Coach, City of Cardiff


Graham Wardell, Head Coach, City of Cardiff

Graham Wardell has been coaching swimming for over 30 years.  In that time, he has coached many national and international swimmers, including placing swimmers at European Championships, Commonwealth Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games.

He coached World record holder Gemma Spofforth to her first senior international success, while at Portsmouth Northsea, and coached World Champion Katy Sexton to numerous international teams.  More recently, he coached Robbie Renwick to become Commonwealth Champion in 2010 and Olympic finalist in 2012.

He is currently employed as Head Coach to the City of Cardiff Swimming Club. This is a return to the club where he learnt to swim as a 9 year old and where his passion for the sport was first lit.


  • Graham was appointed Head Coach to Scotland’s Aquatic Team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and led the team to their most successful ever Games.
  • Head Coach to the Scottish Aquatics team for the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (2014)
  • Scottish Swimming National Lead - Squads and Teams (2013- 2014)
  • Scottish Commonwealth Games Coach (2002, 2010, 2014)
  • Author of Scottish Swimming’s Pathway to Performance and Flying Start  grass root Programmes (1999-2003)
  • Coach to British Swimming’s 4x200 Freestyle relay camp (2014)
  • Coach to various British national teams
  • European Championships 2007, 2008
  • European Junior Championships 2005
  • Head Coach British Swimming’s Female World Class Potential Youth Programme (2006)
  • Coach to British Swimming’s Male World Class Potential Age Group Programme (2005)
  • Placed swimmers on World Championship teams in 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2013
  • Placed swimmers on Olympic teams in 2012 and 2016
  • Placed swimmers on Commonwealth Games teams in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014