CEO: Steve Gladding
Steve has been at Auckland diving since 2015, initially as head coach and now CEO. He has coached at all levels, from beginners to Olympic medalists and 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 recently completed a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in psychology.
Junior Elite Squad Coaches
As well as being our Program Manager, Ellie is one of the co-lead coaches 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 along with International Competitions including World Junior Championships in 2022 and CAMO Invitational International 2022. 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 Conservation Biology.
Georgia is one of our lead coaches on the Junior Elite Squad. After beginning competitive diving in 2018, Georgia started coaching in 2019. Since 2019, Georgia has been heavily involved with Diving as one of our coaches and she has coached at many National events and International events including Australian School Games 2022, Australian Age Champs 2023, and Singapore Nationals 2023. Georgia is also currently completing a Bachelor of Science and the University of Auckland majoring in Exercise Physiology.
Finn is the tallest coach in Auckland Diving. He began coaching diving in 2016 and is currently one of the co-lead coaches of the Junior Elite Squad.
Finn loves pulling dry and water harness and is heavily involved with that in our program. He has coached at several domestic and international events including 2019 Skills Nationals, the 2019 DNZ National Synchro Camp, and CAMO Invitational International 2022. Finn is also currently working as a Project Manager and is in the middle of completing a Bachelor of Construction Management at Massey University.
Henry is a coach for the age group A/B squad. He has been coaching since 2016. In the first half of 2021 he coached in Dunedin at diving Otakou, before returning to Auckland part way through the year. Henry has coached at a number of domestic events including the 2021 DNZ national dive camp, and 2022 North Island Champs.
As well as coaching, Henry is a surfer from Bethells beach and plays music in his spare time. He is studying innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland
A & B Age Group/Interage Squad Assistant Coaches: Anna Fedorova, Yasmin Kelly, Yu Qian Goh
C & D Age Group Squad Lead 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.
C & D Age Group Squad Assistant Coach: Liam Stone
11 & Under Squad Lead Coaches
Monika was a competitive diver from 2019-2022. She attended multiple domestic events including: North Islands, DNZ Nationals and Auckland Champs. Monika began her coaching journey in 2021 as a coach on our beginner program. After stepping up as an assistant coach on the 11 & Skills squad in 2022, she is now the co-lead coach on the squad.
Outside of diving Monika has attended club ski race competitions and this year she is starting my final year of High School before beginning University in 2024.
Lucas is originally from the United States (you may notice an accent) and started diving when he was roughly 11 years old. He quickly fell in love with the sport and went on to compete at Junior Nationals USA in 2018 before moving to New Zealand. Lucas has competed as a competitive diver in many national events around New Zealand. He began coaching in 2020 as a volunteer and later decided that this was something he wanted to do more of and has been coaching ever since. Unfortunately, he is no longer diving competitively as in 2021 he suffered a severe left shoulder dislocation.
Outside of diving, Lucas is currently entering his last year of high school and plans to study medicine at university.