Vince Ayling, after seven years with Woking Swimming Club, has decided to step down from his role as Head Coach at the end of August to enter the world of semi-retirement and take a well-earned break from the world of swimming.
Vince, along with his great coaching team, has transformed the club beyond all of our expectations and is leaving behind a lasting legacy.
Improved standards and records broken
Year on year the standard of swimming at Woking has improved, bringing success at all levels including Club Championships, County, Regional and National Championships, European Masters and, more recently, qualifications for the European and World Junior Championships.
Many records have been broken at Club, County, Regional and even National level by Woking swimmers and there have been medallists galore at all levels up to, and including, Nationals and European Masters.
Vince’s inspirational vision
Vince hasn’t just transformed the senior section of the club as, soon after joining, it was his inspirational vision to start a Learn to Swim section of the club that rapidly grew to the thriving number of swimmers we have in place today. This not only helped fill a gap in the local community for badly needed swimming lessons, but has also provided a source of potential young swimmers for the club and a great opportunity for our senior swimmers to gain and use their ASA teaching qualifications.
We have many things to thank Vince for, including the instigation of our Cyprus Swim Camps. These camps, held every two years, are open to all swimmers in our Bronze squad and above, regardless of ability, and each time see 80+ swimmers train hard, bond as a team and hopefully have memories to last beyond their swimming days.
Celebrate the ‘Vince effect’
The ‘Vince effect’ has been truly transformational for Woking as a club and we hope that you will join us in celebrating the last seven years of success at Woking, under his leadership, and wish Vince all the very best as he moves on to pastures new.
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