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Susan Taylor - Head Coach 

UKCC Level 3 Coaching Swimming, UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming, UKCC Level 1 Teaching Aquatics

Susan has coached for the past 10 years, starting out whilst studying at University before moving to West Dunbartonshire Swimming Club, where she developed her skills and completed her 2 coaching qualifications.

Susan worked her way up to the position of  Assistant Head Coach for her last 3 years at the club, helping many swimmers achieve Snags, British and Scottish Squad times.

Susan moved back from Dubai to join Carnegie as Head Coach early 2020 and is working alongside the Executive Committee to help the club develop and she is excited to see what the future holds for the club.

Susan's aims for the swimmers in her squad and the Club:

  • Create a strong team culture throughout the whole club
  • See more swimmers achieving EDAGS, SNAGS and Summer meet times
  • Have more swimmers achieving Scottish Squads times
  • For all swimmers to enjoy the sport, create good friendships and learn skills that they can use in every part of their life.

Gary Hallam 

UKCC Level 2 in Coaching Swimming, UKCC Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics

Gary began coaching at Carnegie in 2008 when his daughter began to swim competitively with the club. Since then he has coached the Sharks, Orcas, Development and Performance Development Black Squads.

As well as coaching with Carnegie Swimming Club, Gary also teaches swimming for the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, so is certainly "at home" at Carnegie Leisure Centre you might say. In his spare time (what spare time haha?) Gary might be found out cycling on his bike.

Gary aims for all swimmers to enjoy their swimming, work hard and to be the best they can be at their sport.


Kay Maxwell 

Level 2 Teaching Aquatics, Level 2 Coaching Swimming, Team Manager 2

Kay started as a poolside helper with Carnegie 8 years ago, and went on to do her qualifications. Kay has taught many levels throughout the Club and is now involved with the coaching and support for Minnows and Dolphins squads. Kays continued dedication and commitment to the club as a volunteer coach has seen her awarded life member - an amazing achievement.

Kay's aims for the swimmers in her squad

  • Enjoy Training and Swimming
  • Put swimmers on a pathway for their future progression within the Club
  • For swimmers to feel included in the squad and Club, after all, the Minnows are the future of the Club



Janet McLean

UKCC Level 2 in Coaching Swimming, UKCC Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics


Janet has been involved in competitive swimming for over 40 years. She started swimming aged 8 years old, started teaching swimming at 16 years old, and is still doing both now.

At Carnegie, Janet has coached the Minnows, Sharks, Junior Development and Development squads, and currently coaches the Junior Masters and Masters section.
She also competes as a masters swimmer, representing the club at both national and international masters competitions.
Janet aims to foster the Scottish Swimming masters ethos of Fun, Fitness and Friendship in swimmers.

Russell Payne 

UKCC Level 2 Coaching Swimming

Russell started out as a swimmer for Kinross Otters ASC in the late 90s.  He then went onto to be a swim teacher at Kinross Leisure before lifeguarding and swim teaching at a summer camp in America for three summers.  After university he coached with Aberdeen City Swim Club before moving to Edinburgh and joining Warrender Baths Club as lead coach for their junior age group squad.  He has been coaching with Carnegie for the past 4 years. 
Russell's main aim is for the swimmers (and the coaches!) to have fun and enjoy the sessions, improve as swimmers and develop as people.  
Russell leads our Minnows and Dolphins squads.