of Cardiff Swimming Club
Head Coach Profile
Dave Haller has an impressive pedigree in the world of swimming.
A GB Olympic swimmer himself in 1964, he has coached swimmers to
every Olympic Games since 1968. He has also coached for ten
Commonwealth games and three Asian games (for the Hong Kong squad).
His swimmers have achieved six World records, ten Olympic medals
(including three golds), 32 Commonwealth medals and over 20
European and World Championship medals.
Dave was BBC Wales 'Coach of the Year' 2004, Sports Council for
Wales 'Sports Coach of the Year' 2004 & 2006 and has received
the Great Britain Swimming Coaches Association 'Coach of the Year'
award no less than nine times.
Scottish Swimming honoured Dave with a coaching award for the
work he has done with Gregor Tait. Gregor won two golds and two
bronze medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the best performance
ever by a Scottish athlete in any sport at the Commonwealth
Games. Recently the British Swimming Coaches Association has
presented Dave with the accolade 'Performance Coach of the Year'
and the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for 40 years of swimming
Dave was head coach of the City of Cardiff Swimming Club for two
years following its formation in 1974 and returned to that post in
1991, a post which he still holds today. As well as coaching the
Elite squad at Cardiff, Dave also coaches the Elite squad.
The City of Cardiff Swimming Club was formed in 1974 by current
head coach, Dave Haller. He united the, then, several Cardiff
swimming clubs to create one single club.
Training at many pools across Cardiff, including the Empire Pool
(one of the few 50m pools in the UK at that time), the club
developed quickly to become one of the top clubs in the UK. The
demise of the Empire Pool in 1998 to make way for the Millennium
Stadium took away the opportunity to train locally in a Long Course
facility. In 2008 a new era began, with the opening of the 10
lane 50m Cardiff International Pool in Cardiff Bay. It enables
swimmers to progress all the way through the performance pathway
with City of Cardiff Swimming Club, and has resulted in the club
attracting elite level swimmers from across the UK.
The club comprises thirteen squads, from an entrance Stage 7
(National Plan for Teaching Swimming) up to the Elite Squad whose
members include Commonwealth Games and Olympic representatives and
medal winners. There are three professional coaches, including Dave
Haller, supported by a team of dedicated, volunteer coaches.
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