Joan Edwards has decided to retire as coach for the Competitive Development squad. She had planned to resign at the end of this year anyway, as she is now 63 and wants to focus more on her own swimming, which is hugely important to her. She also needs to spend more time looking after her mam, as well as having more time for holidays when the restrictions end!
Joan decided to bring this decision forward due to the lengthy pool closure period. This meant that when swimming returns, there would at most only be a few months left before she was planning to retire, which would have been difficult for any new swimmers who might join that squad. Joan will really miss the young swimmers in her group and wishes them all well for the future.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Joan for all of the great work she has done with the Competitive Development squad and we are pleased to say that she will continue to provide cover coaching to support the other coaches. We know that her swimmers will miss her very much.