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Mandy Bell, Head Coach

Mandy Bell

Head Coach

Elite Squad

City of Derby’s elite squad was established in 2014 to accommodate a growing number of swimmers from within the club who required world class coaching and training opportunities. The squad is lead by head coach Mandy Bell and entry into this squad is by invitation.

Head coach Mandy Bell took over from Melanie Marshall in October 2016 and leads the programme for the Elite squad.

Mandy joined City for Derby Swimming Club all the way from Alberta in Canada where she held the position as Lead Age Group Coach at the University of Calgary Swim Club (UCSC), the largest club in Alberta and one of the largest clubs in Canada, for four years.

During her time at USCS Mandy had great success, coaching multiple swimmers to finals and medals at the Alberta Age Group and Senior Provincial Championships, Western Canadian Open and Canadian Age Group Nationals.  In 2014 she was awarded Alberta Age Group Coach of the year.

Current and former Swimmer profiles


 Adam Peaty

  • Olympic Champion and World Record holder in the 100m Breaststroke event, achieved at Rio in 2016
  • 3 World Records; 50m Breaststroke 26.42secs, 100m Breaststroke 57.12secs and the Mixed Medley Relay.
  • 2 World Championship Gold Medals.
  • European champion 100m breast 2015
  • Nominated for the BBC Sports Personality Award for the 2nd consecutive year.
  • Swimming World’s World & European Swimmer of the Year – an award which hasn’t been awarded to a European for the past 15 years
  • 2 European Short Course Silver Medals


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 Sarah Vasey

Sarah vasey made the transition from the Derventio excel squad to the City of Derby in the autumn of 2015. Having already represented GB in Tokyo following a very successful British championships in the spring of 2015, she joined with an exceptional pedigree.

Sarah has made significant in roads in improving her performance in her favoured events of 50m & 100m Breaststroke.  As recently as April 2016, she secured the 100m Breaststroke silver medal at the British Championships for the 2nd consecutive year in a time of 1.07.50 – a pb and amazingly,  a time that won fellow Brit, Chloe Tutton a silver medal at the European championships.

To further prove the point that she is in the form of her life, at the East Midlands Championships in May 2016 she swam the 3rd fastest time in the world this year in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 30.62secs, just 0.06 sec behind the British record.

DEAC20150407G-004_C.JPG Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones Pictured is Lewis White. Contact: Mel Marshall 077369 44599.

Pictured is Lewis White.

Lewis White

Lewis White is truly scaling the heights of para-swimming. His major meets of the year have been:

  • Olympic bronze medallist in the 400m S9 freestyle event
  • Six time British Record holder in the s9 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events, long course and short course
  • British Para-Swimming International where he enjoyed great success, winning four youth gold and one silver.
  • IDM Open Para-Swimming meet in Berlin.
  • National Paralympics day in London.
  • British Para-swimming Long Course Championships where he won a Bronze but more importantly recorded 6pbs at a major meet!
  • Brazil School Games in Natal winning three Golds
  • National Para-Swimming Championships where he was very successful in the 14-17 year old group winning three Golds and one Silver.