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Swimming coaches

Head coach, Taylor Smith 

Assistant Head Coach, Martin Vogel (Junior Squad, Senior Squad)

Development Coach, Ruvini Fransisco (White Squad, Senior Squad)

Development Coach, Jennifer Dayrit (Black Squad and Learn to Swim Co-ordinator)

Development Coach, Katia Fisenko (TBC)

Assistant Coach, Tejas Nayar (JAG Squad, Green Squad, Black Squad)

Assistant Coach, Lim Boon San (JAG Squad)


Development Assistant Coaches

Elaine Gallacher

Diana Yacou

Mary Newbigin

Isabel Valenzuela

Kate McGinty

Head Coach - Taylor Smith


Taylor Smith joined UWCSEA East in 2012 bringing with him many years of experience in both swim teaching and coaching at the highest level.  A former Scottish International swimmer, he helped to build one of the most successful private learn to swim programmes in the UK.  A programme which has since produced Commonwealth medalists, World Championship and Olympic Team members.  Taylor has worked as Director of Swimming in Asian International schools for many years and has been instrumental in the recent success of the UWCSEA Dragons swimmming programme.  The Dragons have won every international school title in Singapore and are the reigning SEASAC Champions, a title which they retained from 2013.  In a very short space of time the swim programme has produced Singapore National champions, SEASAC record holders, Scottish age group medalists, British/Australian Age Group and World Cup qualifiers.  Taylor hopes to use recent success as a building block for the swimming team at UWC and believes doing so will be down to the coaches.  Smith is confident that the coaching team at East have the experience to rival any programme in the world, which is what they intend to do.


Assistant Head Coach - Martin Vogel (Junior Squad, Senior Squad)


A former South African National Swimmer and NCAA Division I scholarship swimmer at the University of Pittsburgh in the US where he competed from 2012-2016. Martin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. He is a certified ASCA Level 2 International Age Group Coach with an additional certificate of completion for ASCA Level 3. Martin is also certified by the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED. He is a former Pitt record holder in the 200 yard butterfly and a multiple Big East, ACC, and US Winter Nationals finalist. Coach Martin was named to the Pitt Scholar-Athlete All-Academic team from 2012-2016 and was a 2x Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, 3x ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient, 5x Dean’s Honors list recipient, and 7x Athletic Director’s Honors roll recipient. He is also a multiple South African age group champion, a South African age group record holder in the 200m butterfly, a youth Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, and multiple Senior Nationals and Olympic trials finalist. Previous coaching experience in South Africa, USA, and most recently in Kuwait with Elite Swim Team Kuwait, where he coached many of the fastest swimmers in the Middle East, including Kuwait National swimmers.


Martin is excited to be a member of the UWCSEA East coaching staff and aims to continue his passion for learning and service in line with the UWC mission.


Development Coach - Ruvini Fransico (White Squad, Senior Squad)


Ruvini joins the Dragons with over 15 years of coaching experience ranging from Learn to Swim and development, through to National level athlete development. Coming from Manila, Ruvini is a former National level swimmer and fell in love with the sport during his years in secondary school.  A passion for both swimming and teaching allowed Vinie to pursue a career as a swimming coach after graduating from college. He is a WSCA certified level 2 coach.  Ruvini has been workig in the International school fraternity for the past 3 years and in Singapore for 8 years. He aims to share his knowledge and expertise with White Squad and will also be involved with the Junior Plus and Senior Squads.

Development Coach - Jennifer Dayrit (Black Squad, Learn to Swim Co-ordinator)


Coming from the Philippines, Jennifer Dayrit is a former elite swimmer winning several gold medals from national championships. She was a member of the National swim squad and holds the age record for a number of backstroke events.  Jennifer has a bachelors degree in Physical Education and was a swimming instructor at Brent International School Manila for 7 years.  She has taught children of all grade levels the joy of swimming, and has coached competitive swimmers as well. Jennifer moved from Brent to take a role at Raffles Town Club Swimming, where she was the Aquatic Director for 5 years. Jennifer is very honored to be part of the UWCSEA East Dragons and is looking forward to share her swimming passion with the Team. 


Development Coach - Katia Fisenko (TBC)


Katia hails from Ukraine, and is a former Ukrainian National team swimmer. She competed and meddled at numerous National and European championships in the 200 and 400 freestyle events. Katia was at the National University of Ukraine swimming team and was National University Games champion for 3 years running (2013,2014,2015). She has bachelor degree in of Sports and Physical Education and was previously coaching in Kyiv at the Sport School for 3 years. Katia has experience of teaching and working with children of all ages from babies to national team members. She moved in Singapore in 2017, and began working with the St. Andrew’s School, where she coached learn to swim to competitive level athletes. Katia is very excited and looking forward to be part of the team here at UWC East! 


Assistant Coach - Tejas Nayar (JAG Squad, Green Squad, Black Squad)


Tejas has won several Indian National level medals in swimming and is audaciously passionate about the sport! He ranked Number 1 in Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching Course conducted by National Institute of sports (NIS), India. Tejas has a string of coaching certifications to his name, the most imminent one being a "Diploma in Coaching" from Australian Sports Academy (ASA). He has also been honoured a certificate of completion for Level 3 course by American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). On the educational front he holds a Graduate Degree in Business Administration.  His coaching began in Bangalore, India where he has trained children from the ages of 6 till 15 and also helped them win regional level contests. He moved to Kuwait and has been a part of the Elite Swimming Team and has been instrumental in bringing about a lot of victories to his students.  Being a competitive swimmer himself he is passionate about coaching & developing swimmers of different ability levels. He is keen to improve their technique, fitness and thus their performance in the water. He takes this opportunity of working with UWCSEA as a challenge and aims to develop quality swimmers and hone their skills.


Assistant Coach - Lim Boon San (JAG Squad)


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