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 Coaches
As well as being our Schools Development Officer, Ellie is the lead coach of Auckland Diving’s Junior Elite Squad. She has coached at multiple domestic competitions including Skills and Age Group Nationals, North Island Champs and Auckland Champs. Ellie is also a qualified trampolining junior coach and she started out coaching trampolining from 2014-2017. 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 graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology in 2020, she is now completing a Masters degree at Massey University majoring in Sport and Exercise Science.
Finn is the tallest coach in Auckland Diving. He began coaching diving in 2016 and is currently co-coaches the Junior Elite 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.
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: 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 C & D Age Group 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.
12 & Over Skills Squad Lead Coach: Anna Fedorova
Anna started coaching diving in 2016 and continued coaching and diving herself until 2019 before deciding to focus more on coaching.
Before moving away from diving herself, Anna competed in many domestic competitions such as Skills and Age Group Nationals, North Islands and Auckland Champs. Currently, Anna is completing a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Auckland.
11 & Under Skills Squad Lead Coach: Holly Morse
Holly has an elite background in competitive Gymnastics and Diving. Holly was a New Zealand platform diver for 5 years competing internationally before moving to a permanent coaching role after an injury.
She began coaching in 2018 and coached alongside the lead coach in 2020 for the 11 and under squad. She is now the lead coach on this squad. She has coached domestically at Skills Nationals and Auckland Regionals as well as being a judge in these events. Holly is currently a student at Takapuna Grammar school going into her final year.
Schools Programme Coach: Monique Gladding
Monique has competed at all levels of diving, including World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. During her athletic career, she coached various squads predominantly in the UK, with her attention focused on talent squads aiming for similar accolades as herself. As an Olympic athlete Monique was asked to work with Skysports to deliver their schools programme which involved talking to school children about her experiences as an elite athlete and delivering a presentation on the 6 keys to success as defined by Olympic athletes.
Since retiring from elite sport Monique is now the mother of two children and has trained as a nutritional health coach, knowledge she shares within Auckland Diving, we love having Monique as part of our school programme team.