Dawn Peart's Story

Author: Dawn Peart
Dawn Peart's Story

Dawn's Fellowship in 2001 took her from Council Swimming Development Officer to Senior Team Manager of the British Swimming Team for the 2012 Olympics.

The Fellowship

In May 2001, Dawn set off for the World Swim Coaches Conference in Brisbane, where she met teaching and coaching contacts who were extremely helpful to her during her stay in Australia. She travelled widely around the country collecting experiences, contacts, inspiration and making friends, with whom she is still in touch.

Among the many highlights of Dawn’s Fellowship was the period she spent observing and assisting the Australian National team's training camp in preparation for the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

On her return to the UK Dawn was invited to speak at many local and national conferences about her time in Australia, which allowed the benefits of her Fellowship to be very far-reaching.

The Results

When Dawn undertook her Fellowship she was the Swimming Development Officer for Newcastle City Council and had already received two Coach of the Year awards. From 1997 to 2000 was Head Coach of the British Swimming Junior Team. 

In April 2007 Dawn was offered another ‘opportunity of a lifetime' when she was seconded from her local authority role for 18 months and appointed Senior Team Manager of the British Swimming Team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since March 2009, she has worked at British Swimming, where she is now National Programmes Manager, managing all junior and senior programmes, camps, competitions and activities.

In her role as Team Manager, Dawn has attended five European Championships, four World Championships and two Olympic Games, including the 2012 London Olympics. She is currently looking forward to Rio 2016.

Dawn says of her Fellowship, "I must encourage everyone to apply for ‘the opportunity of a lifetime' as it has given me opportunities I believed in but didn't know I could make happen."