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Everyone Active Dive Manager

To be appointed 2021

Level 2 Coaches

Chris Trotter, Head Coach

Chris enrolled on the Learn-to-Dive programme when he was 13, after a summer holiday of trying gymnastics tricks on a swimming pool spring board. Within a few months he had joined the club squad. Chris competed in five national competitions before deciding to become a Coach.   Starting as a volunteer at 15, shadowing the Head Coach, Chris passed his Level 1 Assistant Coach qualification at 17 and then his Level 2 Coach at 18. Chris took over as Head Coach early in 2019.  Chris is currently studying at Newcastle University. He has won the SCDT championships several times and continues to dive for the Club, winning golds at national Masters competitions.


Rebecca Wilkinson

Rebecca started diving at the age of 14 as part of the B Group squad for teenagers who wanted to dive for fun. As her skills and dives progressed Rebecca become interested in competing and took part in many regional competitions.  As a Level 2 qualified coach, Rebecca has supported many of our younger divers, including our talented Rippers Squad, all of whom have competed at regional level.  Rebecca continues to dive in the Masters Squad and is a great role model for the Club.

Jack Mulhern

Like Rebecca, Jack started diving in the B Group non-competitive squad but quickly progressed through basic dives to more challenging dives.  He has mostly competed at Club Championship level winning silver and bronze medals.  Jack qualified as a Level 2 Coach in 2019 and provides support to Chris and Rebecca whilst studying at Sunderland University.

Shauna Fisher

Shauna started diving when she  was selected for the Talent Identification Programme at the age of 9 years old.  Since then she has progressed through the different diving levels and competed at National Level.  Shauna became interested in coaching when she was 14 and was able to shadow the Head Coach as a volunteer  until she turned 16 and could take her Level 1, Assistant Diving Coach  qualification.  Shauna completed her Level 2 Coach qualification in August 2020.  Shauna will be studying Psychology with Counselling as an undergraduate at Sunderland University  from September 2020.

Cameron Watt

Cameron started diving when he was selected for the Talent Identification Programme in primary school and went on to compete at Regional and National Levels.  His highlights have included winning two silver medals and a bronze medal at National Age Group Championships, representing the North East Region at English Schools Competition held at the London Olympics Aquatic Centre, and being the first Sunderland diver to be awarded the Northumberland and Durham Diver of the Year Award in 2019. Cameron started volunteering on poolside in 2015, assisting the Head Coach and using his volunteering time towards his Duke of Edinburgh Award.  He found it rewarding and enjoyable and went on to participate in Swim England’s Development days and then to complete a Level 1, Assistant Diving Coach qualification.  Cameron completed his Level 2 Diving Coach qualification in August 2020.

Adele Graham-King

Adele is an ex-competitive swimmer and her ‘diving’ career started in 2017 when her son joined the Sunderland Dive Team in the Development Squad. Adele qualified as a Level 2 Diving Coach in August 2020. She a background in Applied Physiology where she holds a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Degree, with a focus on exercise physiology research. Combined with additional exercise qualifications and Swim England Team Manager L1, Adele provides support to the Senior Coaches in poolside diving activities and training, as well as running dry land conditioning sessions focussing on strength, flexibility and agility. Adele's motivation for her involvement in Sunderland City Dive Team is to see all the club divers progress, achieve and grow as athletes - but most importantly safely having fun in competitive sport while supporting their team peers. 

Level 1 Assistant Coaches

Abby Cass

Abby started diving with Sunderland Dive Team at the age of 10. She has progressed to National Age Group Level competing alongside some of the most accomplished young divers across the country. Abby has won the SCDT Club Championship Open Women's Trophy several times and is a fantastic role model for our younger divers.   Abby actively volunteered at the club when she was between the ages of 14 and 16, where she helped to organise competitions and coach new divers. Abby  shadowed the Head Coach gaining valuable experience, encouraging her to become a qualified Level 1, Assistant Diving Coach in July 2018 and she has been coaching for Everyone Active’s diving programme and SCDT since. Abby has been able to develop her understanding of the sport and apply this knowledge to her coaching. She is also a qualified life-guard. Abby will be studying Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) at Northumbria University from September 2020,

David Buckley

David has been diving at SCDT since June 2010. His greatest achievement was winning bronze at the National Age Group Championships and also being selected for the North East Regional Team in 2019. David competes on 1m, 3m and on 10m platform despite not being able to train at this height in Sunderland or even in the North East.  David began shadow coaching when he had a foot injury in 2017. He enjoyed it so much that continued as a volunteer, assisting both Level 2 and Level 1 coaches across all the diving squads. In 2020 David qualified as a Level 1, Assistant Dive Coach. 


James Richardson 

Inspired by the Olympic Games, James started diving in 2016 at the age of 12. With 6 years of training and competing as a gymnast at a high level, James took to diving quickly, winning a Gold medal at Irish nationals in Dublin in 2019 and again at NERs in Leeds in 2020.  James won the SCDT Club Championships in December 2019 and is a great role model for our divers, constantly challenging himself.  In 2020 James qualified as a Level 1, Assistant Dive Coach.

Our Coaches

Sunderland City Dive Team has both Level 2 and Level 1 ASA qualified diving coaches. We support our divers to progress into coaching from age 14, as volunteers, young ambassadors, as level 1 assistant coaches from age 16 and level 2 coaches from age 18.  We have a number of parent volunteer coaches and poolside assistants who provide support at weekly diving sessions and competitions.  We are always keen to hear from parents who would like to volunteer.  More information can be found in Opportunities.  All of our Coaches have up to date IoS safeguarding certificates, DBS checks and regularly undertake additional training including disability awareness, team management, and mental health awareness. As paid Coaches they are all employees of Everyone Active at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.  They complete regular life-guarding requirements and are insured in their roles through Everyone Active.

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