Swimming coaching staff nominated for Paris 2024

26 Feb 2024

Eight of Britain's world-class swimming coaches have been nominated by British Swimming to play a part as Team GB seek more Olympic history in the water at Paris 2024. 

While Britain's swimmers will be targeting another memorable Olympic campaign after the record-breaking eight-medal haul from Tokyo 2020, the coaching team will again be pivotal in preparing the athletes for the Olympic arena and helping them to deliver performances at the crucial moment.

David Hemmings, Mel Marshall, David McNulty and Steven Tigg all oversaw athletes from their training cohort on to the Olympic podium three years ago and are nominated by British Swimming after being part of last year's coaching team at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, among other recent major international meets, while Ryan Livingstone coached Matt Richards to a pair of world titles in 2023 and has been nominated for his first Games in France.

Supporting that quintet and working closely with the Team GB pool swimming group will be Lisa Bates and Jamie Main. Lisa is set for her third consecutive Games in such a role, while Jamie worked in that vital support coach position as Britain secured eight medals in Fukuoka in July.

In the marathon swimming, Hayley Baker will continue her coaching work over the sport's longest events, as she did at the recent World Championships in Doha, where Hector Pardoe swam to a brilliant bronze in the Men's 10km - one of three British athletes to secure Paris 2024 quota spots, along with Toby Robinson and Leah Crisp.

Reflecting on the coaching nominations, British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss - who is set for that role for a fourth time with Team GB in Paris - said: "I am very pleased to congratulate these eight outstanding coaches on being nominated to the BOA to work with our Olympic team in Paris. Each one of them has repeatedly proved that they can deliver their best in the arena and help our athletes do the same, and they all came through a thorough and competitive selection process to earn this opportunity.

"With Olympic year now upon us, it is valuable for us to be able to appoint our coaching staff at this early juncture, as it allows individual staff to build and strengthen relationships and communication among the coaching group, as well as doing the same with our athlete cohort at key training camps and competitions between now and the summer, particularly with such a packed schedule on the horizon.

"We wish every coach the best for these crucial final months of this Olympic cycle, and it is another exciting step on the way to us nominating our Olympic teams for the pool and open water in 2024."

These coaching nominations are supported by confirmation that British Swimming Performance Director Chris Spice will take up the role of Team Leader for a third consecutive Games, with Furniss and Dawn Peart reprising their respective positions as Head Coach and Team Manager, as they did in Rio and Tokyo.

Nathan Hilton has been nominated as the Head Coach for marathon swimming at these Games.

British Swimming nominated coaches

Head Coaches

Bill Furniss (pool swimming)

Nathan Hilton (marathon swimming)


Hayley Baker (marathon), Swansea University

Lisa Bates, Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club

David Hemmings, Loughborough Performance Centre

Ryan Livingstone, Millfield

Jamie Main, Bath Performance Centre

Melanie Marshall, Loughborough Performance Centre

David McNulty, Bath Performance Centre

Steven Tigg, University of Stirling