Head Coach: Steve Gladding
Steve has been the head coach at Auckland diving since 2015 and has coached at all levels, from beginners to Olympic medalists. He has coached for both GB and NZ at the Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and over 10 World Championships and World Cups. Before this role in ADCT, Steve was a very successful coach in the UK, Scotland and South Africa and managed national programmes, developing diving from grassroots to elite performance. He is qualified as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and was involved in the UK Sport Elite Coach Programme.
Steve’s role within ADCT is to lead on coach development, athlete pathway and club overview.
Performance Coach: Cordelia Norris
After being a diver herself, Cordelia moved into coaching in 2014. After receiving the award for the highest-ranking student in academics in her last year of high school, she began the pathways to study medicine at Auckland University. Looking for something more rewarding personally she decided to move out of medicine and pursue coaching as a career. Cordelia now works with the Performance Squad, coaching those aiming to compete on a world stage. She was one of 20 selected worldwide to be in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Federation Women’s Coaching Internship Programme for 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Cordelia has coached internationally at senior international, junior elite and age group level. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in psychology.
Junior Elite Squad Lead Coach: Ellie Price
Ellie is currently the lead coach on Auckland Diving’s Junior Elite Squad. She has coached at multiple domestic competitions including Skills and Agegroup Nationals, North Island Champs and Auckland Champs. Being a diver herself, she fell in love with the sport and began dive coaching in 2017 and believes it is one of the most rewarding and exciting jobs. After being a prefect in high school and being awarded a Geography scholarship in year 13, she is currently completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology at the University of Auckland. Ellie is also a qualified trampolining junior coach.
A & B Age Group Squad Lead Coach: Tayla Gibbs
Tayla has an elite background in both gymnastics and diving. She was a competitive diver before moving into a more permanent coaching role. She began coaching in 2017 and is currently the lead coach on the A & B Age Group Squad. She has coached domestically at Skills and Age group Nationals, the 2019 DNZ National Synchro Camp and Auckland Regionals. Tayla is completing a conjoint degree in a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Auckland.
C & D Age Group Squad Lead Coach: Finn Bramley
Finn is the tallest coach in Auckland Diving. He began coaching diving in 2016 and is currently the lead coach on the C & D Age Group Squad. Finn was a diver himself, however, is not diving at the moment due to a disc injury. He loves parkour, pulling harness and has a dream of becoming a stunt man. He has coached at several domestic events including 2019 Skills Nationals and the 2019 DNZ National Synchro Camp.
12 & Over Skills Squad Lead Coach: Eleanor Phillips
Eleanor originally began coaching in 2012 in the UK before moving to New Zealand in August 2013. She was a junior elite diver and got a bronze medal at the Sofia Rodina Diving Cup in Bulgaria. After moving to New Zealand, she trained and coached in Wellington before moving to Auckland in 2019. Eleanor has completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy). She is currently the lead coach on the 12 & Over Skills Squad and has coached at many domestic diving events including NZ Skills and Agegroup Nationals, North Islands and Auckland Champs.
11 & Under Skills Squad Lead Coach: Georgia Fitzpatrick
Georgia began competitive diving in 2018 she has competed at many domestic competitions such as Skills and Age group Nationals, North Island Champs, Auckland Champs as well as Australian age group championships. In 2019 she began coaching and is currently the lead coach on the 11 & Under Skills Squad. Georgia is still an active diver in the A & B age group squad and is currently working on a junior elite list for the upcoming season.