Steven McQuillan   Head  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.

Mark Angus Performance Squad Coach

  Level 2 SI Coach, Level 2 SI Teacher, National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, National Beach Lifeguard Qualification

Mark has been coaching since 2009 and joined the City of Belfast team in Sept 2015. As a coach he has coached swimmers through to regional and national level.  As a swimmer he  swam at National level and represented Ulster.

He has also: Represented the Irish Triathlon Junior Squad; represented  Northern Ireland at the lifesaving Commonwealth Championships in Canberra, Australia 2013 and also represented  Great Britain lifesaving squad internationally on multiple occasions at international and world level competitions.

As well as being passionate about swim coaching he Mark is a very busy man away from the pool – his interests include  Crossfit, triathlon, ultra-distance running and Olympic weightlifting! Mark is a gradate from  Queens with a BSc in Finance.

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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.

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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.

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Hilary Idzikowska Junior 3 Squad Coach

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 Junior 3 Squad, where she will optimise technique and stroke efficiency for those who are beginning to compete at Swim Ulster Development Meet level.

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Stephen McKay  J2 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.

 

Gavin McGuken – Junior 1 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 last season and  coaches our Junior 1 squad.

Eórann O’Neill – Junior 1 squad Teacher

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 J1.

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.

Sean Androulakis – Teacher

STA Level 2- Aquatics Teaching, STA Level 2- Aquatics Teaching (Special Needs)

Sean moved from Crete to Northern Ireland last year. He is a Sport Science graduate from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, specializing in Swimming and Special Needs Education.

After swimming competitively for nearly 12 years in his home town, he has coached for the Swimming Club of Heraklion, Crete as well as for Panionios Swimming Club, Athens. Sean has worked with children with special needs in Athens, for over 3 years.

Prior to working for our club he was a Presidential Guard (Evzonas) for 8 months in Athens. This September he’s planning on doing an MSc in “Sports and Exercise Nutrition” at Ulster University.

You will spot Sean from a distance as he is 6′ 9″. Sean works with our Development and Junior squads.