Steffi Bircher
Steffi BircherSenior Teacher
Steffi Bircher:
Steffi retired from competitive swimming in the summer of 2009 after her seventh world championships. Before moving to Shropshire she was teaching and working as an Assistant Swim Co-ordinator within Abbeycroft Leisure Centre in Haverhill. Steffi also worked as a Swim Teacher and Administrator at Chessgrove Swim near Hanbury, She has also been selected to be a Team Manager for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships and for swimming camps with Great Britain.
Steffi has also been heavily involved in the British Gas Great Swim Series on numerous occasions, managing the elite athletes.
Steffi runs the Titans Learn to Swim and is a proud mummy to a beautiful daughter.
Clare Curtis
Clare CurtisSwim Teacher
Clare Curtis joined our team in 2018. Both of Clare’s children swam competitively and Clare has been involved in swimming for several years. She has been coaching in Cumbria at their previous club and has recently added her teaching qualifications to her resume.
Gemma Sumnall
Gemma SumnallSwim Teacher
Hi, my name is Gemma Sumnall I’m married and have three children.
As a family we enjoy going on adventures and exploring new places and trips to the beach.
My aquatic journey began 6 years ago when I started to volunteer at the Ellesmere Primary School, I then completed and qualified my rescue test award (NRASTAC) and I have been working at the school since then.
During that time, I have qualified and passed my level 1 swim assistant course in January 2019 and my level 2 swimming teacher course in April 2020.
I’m passionate about getting children swimming, developing their water confidence, skills and strokes by learning through a variety of activities and games and for them to have fun too!
Phoebe Townsend
Phoebe TownsendSwim Teacher
Phoebe swam competitively for Ellesmere College Titans and is a national medallist. She completed her Level 1 teaching qualification in July 2019 and has been volunteering at another Learn to swim for the last 12 months.
Edwina Townsend
Edwina Townsend Swim Teacher
Working for over 30 years in healthcare I felt I needed a new challenge. I have always had a passion for swimming and I believe swimming is a fun sport, as well as an important life skill. As a parent, I have acquired many life skills that I am able to transfer into my lessons. Swimming runs in our family, all 3 of my children have swam competitively and I have had many supporting roles over the years, from poolside team management positions to Committee roles. I am passionate about helping children to progress and become confident in the water.