Steven McQuillan   Head  Coach and Performance Squad Coach

Level 3 Swim Ireland Senior Coach,  UKSCA Strength & Conditioning, REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, British Weightlifting L2 Coach

Steven joined COB in May 2017 . He has long been involved in swimming in Ulster and Ireland at the top level and is a professional coach with 12 years experience.

As a swimmer he represented and captained Ulster and Ireland, winning over 20 National Championship titles; he was Head coach of Invictus and Alliance Swimming Clubs; and at his strength and conditioning facility, Crossfit Castrum, he and his team of coaches trains many of Ulster & Ireland’s top swimmers- as well as a number of our own swimmers. Previously Stephen was a full time athlete competing at World level as an Elite Athlete. Steven loves all things fitness related, cooking and nutrition.


Iain Chisholm   Age Group Squad Coach

Level 1 Teaching Aquatics, Level 1 Coaching Swimming, NRASTC Lifesaving Award

Iain is an ex-Irish National Squad member and still holds multiple Ulster and Irish relay records. He has won a number Ulster and Irish Championships and has been a British Youth Finalist, with success coming in events such as 100 & 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 100 and 200 IM. Swimming has allowed Iain to travel within Europe to multiple National Training Camps and to compete in FINA World Cup meets against some of the best in the world.

Iain has been a member of City of Belfast for upwards of 17 years, where he has trained and competed before coaching. He took a break from swimming in 2011/12 to live and work in America for a year and on his return took up a coaching position here in September 2013.

He works as a Civil Engineer in Belfast.

Outside of swimming Iain played waterpolo for Ulster Schools and enjoys all forms of outdoor pursuits including surfing, wakeboarding, fishing and camping.


Sophia Cross   Development Squad Coach

Level 3 SI Coach, Level 2 SI Teacher, SI Tutor

Having led an Age Group Squad in one of the top clubs in Ulster for several seasons, in addition to coaching at various other competitive clubs across Ulster, Sophia has a huge amount of experience, and continues to work with Swim Ulster in the area of Talent ID. Sophia will introduce energy system training and race skills to the Development Squad who are progressing towards achieving the standards for the Swim Ulster Qualifying Meets.



Stephen McKay   Junior 3 Squad Coach

 Level 2 SI Coach, NRASTC Lifesaving Award, St. Johns Ambulance First Aid Award

Stephen Has been a coach at City of Belfast since 2012. He is a former Ulster and Irish Schools Swimming Champion, a former RLSS Ulster and Irish Junior Lifesaving Champion and a former triathlete at Olympian Triathlon Club competing at a national level.

More recently he has been a medallist at the 2012 and 2013 Ulster Masters Swimming Championships.

Outside of swimming Stephen was a successful GAA Minor, winning 3 County Armagh Gaelic Football Championships. He also currently coaches at ST. Brigids GAC.

Stephen will leverage his experience to the Junior 3 Squad, where he will optimise technique and stroke efficiency for those who are beginning to compete at Swim Ulster Development Meet level.

Gavin McGuken Junior 2 Squad Coach

Level 1 SI Coach, Level 2 ASA Teacher

Gavin is former competitive swimmer and coach with Cookstown SC and has also coached more recently as a full time swim teacher in Dubai. Gavin is also a keen rugby player for Harlequins RFC. Gavin joined City of Belfast in 2016 and  coaches our Junior 2 Squad.

Eórann O’Neill   Junior 1 squad Coach

Level 2 SI Teacher

Eórann has joined the team this season . She has amassed a wealth of experience within swimming both as a competitive athlete and as a swimming teacher and is bringing her valuable skill set to the Junior 1 Squad.

Eórann’s swimming career involved representing Ulster and Ireland at various competitions including British Championships and the Luxembourg 2012 Olympic trails.

Eórann’s interest in water sports began in the field of waterpolo, where she represented Irish Under 16 and Under 18, traveling as far as Sweden, winning a Tri-Nations championship. Eórann has also had a career in lifesaving, still holding at least two individual British records. She represented Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Championships in Austraila, Great Britain in Germany on two occasions and captained the Great Britain team in Italy.

Outside of swimming, Eórann enjoys racing cars and is also studying a Master’s degree at Queen’s University.


Hilary Idzikowska Aquastrokes Coordinator & Teacher

Level 3 SI Coach, Level 2 SI Teacher, SI Tutor

Hilary is a Level 3 Swim Ireland Coach, and a Swim Ireland Tutor with unparalleled teaching experience having led one of the top Learn to Swim programmes in Ulster Ireland for many years. CoB are delighted to have Hilary lead the Aquastrokes programme, which she has designed to take the youngest swimmers to build their swimming proficiency, all the way to the Junior 1 Squad.