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Ross Nicholas

Ross Nicholas

National Performance Director

Biography

National Performance Director

Ross Nicholas was appointed as Swim Wales National Performance Director in April 2015, following seven years as a Performance Coach for Swim Wales and The City of Newport Swimming Club. Ross’s principle roles as National Performance Director involves leading the strategic and operational side of the performance programme in Wales, including the National Squad Programme and the National Coaching Team.

He is a graduate of Swansea University, where he studied initially for a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, then a PhD in Sports Biomechanics. During this time, he worked closely with the British ITC sprint programme. Much of his research relating to the mechanics of elite swimming has been published in international academic journals.

Ross is a former Great Britain and Wales international breaststroke and individual medley swimmer. His swimming achievements include selection for the British Youth team, the Welsh Senior Elite team and the Welsh Youth squad. He has coached at all levels through the National Squad pathway including skills, youth and senior level. In recent years his international coaching experience includes leading the National Senior Elite Squad at competitions in Australia, USA and Europe.

Achievements

  • Ross is a former Great Britain and Wales international breaststroke and individual medley swimmer.
  • His swimming achievements include selection for the British Youth team, the Welsh Senior Elite team and the Welsh Youth squad.