This week Stephen Bayley will leave Loughborough for pastures new after an outstanding spell as part of the Loughborough Swimming coaching setup.
Joining the programme 15 years ago he has played a vital role in the development and success of Loughborough Swimming as a Performance Coach and more recently Lead Coach/Programme Manager.
Stephen has shown outstanding commitment to helping young people maximize their academic and sporting potential, staying true to the Loughborough Swimming ‘whatever it takes’ mentality. Bayley epitomizes all that is Loughborough University, in terms of the promotion of excellence, self-motivation, enthusiasm and passion.
Bayley has been pivotal in Loughborough’s continued success at BUCS, the swimming team remaining unbeaten for over 20 years. Furthermore he has enabled swimmers to achieve their personal goals, and more, including medals at national and international level as well as Great Britain team selections. Through an inclusive approach he has worked successfully with world class able-bodied and para-swimmers, enabling them to win national, European and World medals, setting a host of world records along the way.
Loughborough’s success over the last 17 years, where Bayley has been involved for the most part, includes helping swimmers qualify for every Olympic Games since the year 2000, 42 swimmers in all and three Paralympians. Loughborough swimmers have also won medals at every World Championships since 2001, as well as European, Commonwealth and World University Games success. The club’s total number of world records set currently stands at 17.
Looking ahead the squad will be hoping to get close to the 18 Commonwealth Games medals won at Glasgow 2014, when a number of its swimmers travel to the Gold Coast Games next year. In addition, Stephen has acted as Head Coach of the Great Britain Team for the World University Games and various other able-bodied and para selections whilst being a member of the BUCS Swimming Leadership Group.
With an outstanding work ethic, an unwavering belief in the ethos of Loughborough Swimming, and with purple running through his veins, Steve has formed the bedrock of Loughborough Swimming for the past 15 years and we wish him good luck in his next adventure.