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Swimming - 02. June 2007.

PARALYMPIC COACH RETIRES FROM SWIMMING




Colin Hood who guided numerous athletes to Paralympic glory in Sydney and Athens has retired from coaching.

Hood, 56, had previously coached Matthew Walker, Sascha Kindred and Sarah Bailey amongst others to considerable success and has been involved in British Disability Swimming for over a decade.

Hood began his coaching career at the City of Salford and helped place able-bodied swimmers onto World and Commonwealth squads.

Colin is a former recipient of the British Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Coach of the Year award in 2003, and was inducted into the UK Coaching Hall of Fame in 2003.

More recently, Hood guided Walker onto the England Commonwealth Games squad in 2006 as well as the IPC World Championships December 2006 where Walker returned with one gold and two bronze medals.

National Performance Director Tim Reddish expressed his gratitude to Hood.

"Colin has been part of British Disability Swimming for over 10 years and the athletes he has coached have constantly delivered on the international stage," said Reddish.

"We are grateful for all of Colin's work through the years."

Multi-Paralympic medallist Walker was full of praise for the work Hood has done with him.

"Colin is a tremendous coach - the best I have had to date. He is down-to-earth, and helped me not only to win medals but my confidence also.

"We had a great understanding and relationship which is vital for any swimmer to succeed."



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