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Jo Deakins
Achivements:As a swimmer Jo competed in: 2 Olympic Games 1992, 1996 3 Commonwealth Games 1990 (Silver Medallist), 1994 & 1998 3 European Championships 1991, 1993, 1997 1 World Long Course Championships 1991 3 World Short Course Championships 1993, 1995, 1997 2 World Student Games 1993, 1995 (Ladies Team Captain) Jo held many records up to International Standard: Former Commonwealth (SC) Record Holder 200m Backstroke. Former British Record Holder (LC & SC) 200m Backstroke. Former English Record Holder (LC) 100m Backstroke British & English Team Member 1988-1998. Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist (4x100m Medley Team) Jo also held many Club/County & Regional Records, some of which still stand today! In 1998 Jo retired from her own swimming and moved onto the Coaching side. Jo felt at the time that she had learnt so much as a swimmer, and had so many people help her over the years with her own career, that she wanted to give something back to the sport. Jo first started coaching for the club in 1998 coaching what was then known as the 'A' Squad (todays equivalent of Senior Performance) before moving on to coach the Elite 2 squad from 1999-2006. During this time Jo was the Club's Head Coach before moving on to become the Club's Director of Coaching in 2006 and the coach for Elite 1. 2010 saw Jo starting her family and therefore a change in role within the Club to our Club Programme Manager concentrating on the Development/stategic/Sustainability side of the Club. During her Coaching time Jo coached at National level being involved in both Regional & National Camps from 2000-2010, she gained her first International call up in 2001 at the World Student Games in China and then also at the World Championship Open Water Trials in 2008. Jo was also involved in the GB Select Coaches Programme in 2006/2007 which took her to visit an American Coaches Conference & also the University of Arizona Programme. Her coaching sucess domestically included 19 National Medals (of which 11 were golds), 8 swimmers making GB/England Programmes, 3 British Age Group Records & 4 Internationals (including Matt Crabb who went to the 2000 Paralympics for 400m Freestyle and James Burden making the European Junior Championships in 2009).
Other:Jo is a qualified ASA Coach (Level 4 equivalent) and is also an ASA Tutor for Level 1 & 2 Teaching & Coaching Aquatic Courses. Jo also has a BSc degree (nothing sport related!) in Environmental Studies from Coventry University. In her spare time Jo is an avid football fan and is a long suffering Coventry City fan (against the rest of her families wishes who are all Birmingham City fans!)

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