Golden games for coach Dunn

Olympic coach'Lindsay Dunn, who used to live in Scarborough, coached five Olympians at London, including 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte who won a Gold medal.'Picture by Neil Silk  123236a'10/08/12

Olympic coach'Lindsay Dunn, who used to live in Scarborough, coached five Olympians at London, including 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte who won a Gold medal.'Picture by Neil Silk 123236a'10/08/12

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A top swimming coach from Scarborough is looking forward to a bright future after enjoying a golden Olympic Games.

Lindsay Dunn, 31, helped guide Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte to gold in the women’s 100 metre breastroke final in London as part of her role as assistant head coach of Plymouth Leander.

As well as looking after Ruta, she was also in charge of a team of Ugandan swimmers.

This is nothing new for former Scarborough sports personality of the year Lindsay, who is facing a busy next few years in the build up to the 2016 games in Rio de Janiero.

She said: “London was a great experience, it was all very frantic down there.

“We do have some top swimmers at Plymouth Leander, which does give me the chance to travel around and coach at these top events.

“I am the assistant to John Rudd at the club, which meant that I was in charge of the Ugandan team, but also working with all of the other swimmers we had there. We did have a number of swimmers there, including others from Zambia and also Team GB.

“Ruta moved to Plymouth with her father from Lithuania, who was looking for a better way of life. She joined the club having already showed a lot of potential in the sport and it has gone on from there.

“It is the same place that the diver Tom Daley trains, so we are doing very well.”

Lindsay is now looking forward to the World Championship in Barcelona next year, as well as a number of other events. “There is a bit of a lull, but then we have a lot of swimmers in the World Championships and then things begin to build up again ahead of the next Olympics,” said Lindsay.

Lindsay still enjoys coming back to Scarborough, which is where her swimming career kicked off. “I have been in Plymouth for five years now, having left Scarborough at 19,” she added.

“I started off as a swimmer at Scarborough Swimming Club and did a lot of sea swims, including the English Channel.

“I didn’t think I was bad a swimmer, competing at regional level, but when you compare it to some of the swimmers I coach now, I was nowhere near.

“I started coaching at the Indoor Pool in Scarborough when I was doing my A-Levels, then after that I went to Bath University to take a degree in sport and exercise science.

“After that I did a masters at Loughborough and then spent a year in Australia to study the different techniques they use.

“This has all helped in my coaching at Plymouth because I can take blood samples and work on the nutritional side of things with the swimmers because the other coaches can’t do that side of things.”