Buxton Swimming Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Dokter as the new Head Coach. Hugh, from Congleton, swam from the age of 8 for home club Dane Valley. Hugh experienced all levels of competitive swimming from county through to masters. Hugh also comes with an excellent background in coaching swimming.
Hugh started off as an assistant coach for his home town club Congleton where he coached swimmers from junior through to age group. After a short spell, Hugh moved to Satellites as an assistant coach where he became head coach. Hugh was to return to Dane Valley some time later as Head Coach where he produced the clubs first national swimmer for over 10 years and was responsible for the overseen of the learn to swim programme and national swimmers. In 2007, Hugh moved to New Zealand taking over Otumoetai Swimming Club as head coach where he developed the club and made 50% of swimmers compete at the NZ Nationals. Again overlooking the learn to swim programme and produced the clubs first ever representative for New Zealand. In 2009, Hugh set up his own swimming club in New Zealand for a summer season. Whist in New Zealand, Hugh went to 1 other club. In the early years of 2011, Hugh took over the Cooks Island national team and took the to the London 2012 Olympic Games (pool only) and the Shanghai FINA World Championship (in both open water and pool). Whist been in charge of the Cooks Island, Hugh took over North Wales club Wrexham for a short spell before moving to Lincoln Vulcans overseen both competitive swimming and learn to swim programmes. In 2014 Hugh was appointed a stand in performance coach at Wolverhampton Royal School which included swimmers representing Team GB and part of the English Talent Programmes. Hugh is currently interim Head Coach at Richmond Dales where he transformed swimming squads, placed swimmers onto the English Talent Programme and podium potential para swimmers.
We would like to welcome Hugh and wish him the best here at Buxton.