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SWIMMING GURUS TAKE TOP HONOURS AT WALES’ COACHING AWARDS

18 Nov 2004

Tait has relocated from the Scottish capital to Cardiff to team up with Haller since his former coach Tim Jones has retired from world class coaching. Ranked fifth fastest in the world and having finished sixth in the Athens Olympics final, Tait said:

"Dave Haller stands head and shoulders above the rest."

Billy PyeBilly Pye – who is based at the Wales National Pool, Swansea - received a special award for outstanding achievement. He was one of only two coaches to send five swimmers to the GB Paralympic team. Between them, they amassed 11 medals.

Pye was appointed by British Swimming as High Performance Coach 18 months ago. In that time, the former miner has built up the Disability Swimming High Performance Centre to be one of the best in Britain. He made the jump from coalface to poolside when the mines closed in 1986.

He started to coach at his local club and then took up a full time post at Bridgend Swim Squad, before relocating to the Wales National Pool, Swansea.

David Roberts took four golds and a silver in Athens. He was at today’s ceremony and explained:

"He’s a unique coach. We have a great understanding and we work very well together. I would not have won Paralympic medals without him. He’s completely invaluable. We’re very lucky to have him."