SAM CARADUS, DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Sam's energy and enthusiasm to all he does is very infectious and it's probably because he has two big responsibilities in his working life, our Director of Coaching at the Parnell Swim Club, the second is as an architect at Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects.
Sam's priority is ensuring the coaching team are delivering instruction to an exceptional standard, across all our squads.
At the age of 10, Sam shook Duncan Laing's hand and asked him if he could join his swim team in Dunedin. The following day he started training in his squad. From that day onward Mr. Laing became and still is his hero and Sam enjoyed multiple swim achievements at the highest level during his competitive swim career. At 18 he moved to Auckland, began an architecture degree and swam under Jan Cameron at the high performance institute.
The transition from athlete to coach began with swim teaching at the newly opened, King's Swim School, during his second year of university. At the end of five years of study he needed a break from architecture and coincidently had a budding little group of swimmers who wanted to transition into competitive swimming. The King's Swim Club was born.
Sam is inspired every day by the responsibility he feels as a leader and mentor to the young athletes of the Parnell Swim Club team. It is important to him to enable the athletes in his team, to move beyond swimming with skills that allow them to achieve in any field of endeavour.