Nomads ready to move under new head coach

Fareham Nomads swimmers after their successful meet at the Basingstoke Aquadrome
Fareham Nomads swimmers after their successful meet at the Basingstoke Aquadrome
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Fareham Nomads’ new head coach Mark Corben insists he is excited about the future after seeing his new charges turn in an impressive display at the recent Basingstoke Bluefins event.

Corben – himself a former Nomads swimmer – recently left his post in Bournemouth to take on the top job and succeed Matthew Boyd-Wallace.

And the 27-year-old believes he has some real talent coming through the ranks.

The head coach said: ‘There were plenty of promising performances (in Basingstoke).

‘I’ve only been here just over a week but there is some real talent to work with. We’ve got some really talented young swimmers.

‘The club is on its way back up to where it once was.

‘It won’t be a six-month turnaround – it will take a couple of years – but there are definitely reasons to be excited.’

Joshua Lees grabbed four gold medals, Harriet Davies bagged two, while Aaron Crockford, Oliver Tubb, Michael Gill, Milly Tanner, Sophie Hutin and Lucy Moyse also struck gold at the Bluefins new year competition.

Lees proved to be the man to beat in the 100m and 50m freestyle.

And the 12-year-old also showed his versatility by triumphing in the 50m butterfly and 200m backstroke, before adding a silver medal.

Davies, 14, was the pick of Fareham’s female swimmers.

She stormed to success in the 50m freestyle, while also claiming victory in the 200m backstroke, before adding two silvers and one bronze to her haul.

But there were plenty of signs for encouragement, not only among the other winners but also among a host of medallists at the event.

Corben said: ‘I think these results show there is plenty to work with.

‘I know the area well and I’ve always thought the potential in Fareham and Gosport is massive.

‘I’m confident a few minor changes will make major improvements.’

Corben has high hopes for the development of the club and was recently named ASA South West Young Coach of the Year for 2011.

But he has set himself and his swimmers plenty of challenging targets for the future, having seen the success that Nomads have enjoyed in the past.

He said: ‘It’s great to come back as head coach at my hometown club.

‘But I want to increase the amount of regional and national qualifiers.

‘We’ve had two or three regional qualifiers but back in the day we had a whole team of them.

‘It’s about improving the club as a whole, improving our league status and bringing through more talent.’