Team Talk

BLUES | TEAM

 

MOTIVATORS, EDUCATORS, MENTORS

Get to know the dedicated team behind Blues training academy. We come from all walks of life and are united in our passion to develop individuals to fulfil potential! We’re fortunate enough to be working in an industry we love and are always looking for ways to learn, develop and improve. We are all approachable and always open for a chat or feedback.

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BRADLEY REEN

President and Head Coach

Blues training academy wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for our Head Coach Brad who oversees our swimming strategy and advises on the best course of action for all our aspiring swimmers. He aims to ensure all his sessions are delivered to the highest quality and meet each individuals needs. He very much believes in developing people through the sport is just as important as developing top performing athletes.

He has a wealth of experience in swimming training and competition. He has competed both nationally and international reprsenting both his country and the province on a number of occasions. 

We really couldn’t have wished for a

better head coach to be involved in such an ambitious club.

"Family and support networks are of the utmost importance when it comes to pursuing your dreams, it takes huge effort from the families , coaches, athletes and administrators" 

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NATALIE OGDEN

Vice President and Junior Development Coach

Coach Nats has been with us since the very beginning and as our Junior Development Coach she trains and mentors all our junior swimmers, offering professional and quality guidance throughout the season.

She has been coaching for the last four years and has developed a wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience. 

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ANTHONY REEN

Treasurer and strength and conditioning coach

Reeno is the newest coach  and a key driving force behind Blues training academy he has added real value to the club. 

He has a background in club development and performance sports. Over the last decade he has worked in the UK and Spain. Dividing his time between club development, rugby coaching, rugby playing and studying towrads a degree BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching .


As our lead S&C coach he works closely with all the coaches and all of our athletes to ensure they are developing the right movement capabilities inline with their age and stage of development.


 "One of the key traits I try and develop or instill in people I work with is responsibility, as soon as you take responsibility your journey truly becomes yours" 

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LYNNE BIDDULPH

Club Secretary 

Lynne has been involved in swimming for the past ten years, as a swimming mom with three club swimming kids.


She has also been involved in administration and team management for both swimming (at several local clubs) and with Lifesaving Eastern Cape. She has also worked extensively on several local organising committees assisting with organising galas and variouse events.

Her passion for swimming stems back to her school days where she represented her school and province at the highest levels.

She is a committed, dedicated, loyal and competent. We are so lucky to have her working with us. She great asset to the club.

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CULLEN BIDDULPH

Assistant Coach

Cullen is a new addition to BLUES coaching staff and will assume the roll assistant coach with a focus on developing the BLUES sprint program. 

He has been involved in swimming for the past eight years as an top tier athlete who has competed at the highest level in the disciplines of pool, open water and surf.

A certified SSA Learn To Swim instructor Cullen has is keen to further his coaching qualifications.