Blue Fins appoint McNeil as head coach

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Former international swimmer, Struan McNeil, has been appointed as the new head coach of Bicester Blue Fins.

The retired Scottish swimmer, formerly coach at some of the region’s best swimming clubs, has taken the role at a time when the club is experiencing the most successful period in its 63-year history.

After retiring from competitive swimming with experience in the US and Europe, McNeil had four years assisting a three-time Olympic coach followed by a successful period leading Abingdon Swimming Club to its first ever national recognition.

He said: “As I live in Bicester, I’m delighted to be able to put my extensive national and international experience to the test as the club grows in regional importance.

“Our swimmers are now competing up to national level, so I’m determined to put in place a development pathway to enable all individuals at all levels of ability to achieve their full potential.

“Whether they wish to be performance swimmers or participation swimmers, my strong coaching team and I will look to create a legacy of long-term development, excellence and enjoyment, with parent education also playing a major part.”

Bicester Blue Fins Chairman Chris Inness added: “We’re thrilled that someone of Stuan’s ability and track record has become our full time coach. His experience as an international swimmer and extensive support to Olympic standard competitors is just the focus our club needs as it reaches new heights of achievement.”