Well-known Swim Coach, Olympic Medalist and Former National Coach Sergio Lopez Miro was at DSA Kampung Pandan, with the budding champions of the DSA Swim Team for 2 nights, giving the insights that only a world-class authority can.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Sergio’s moment of international fame came at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul where he won the Bronze medal in 200m Breast Stroke. He then moved on to coaching and served as the head coach at West Virginia University. In 2007 he became the head swimming coach at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. He has coached several swimmers onto the US national team including Ariana Kukors, Charlie Houchin, Ryan Murphy and later most famously, Joseph Schooling who represented Singapore and made headlines at the 2016 Olympics. After spending the past year and several months coaching Singapore Swimming as High Performance Head Coach, he is moving to Auburn University as Associate Head Coach.
Sergio was on the pool deck for the evening training session at 7.30pm on April 6, where he explained the fundamentals of each stroke, imparting to the young swimmers a lot of knowledge about the basics. Following the swimming drill sessions, Sergio then went on to have a sharing session with the DSA coaches to wrap up the activity for the first night. The second night also included the DSA swimmers’ parents for a Q&A session where the role of a swimmer parent was discussed. Sergio went on to describe how he needed to be a parent for his swimming kids despite being a highly acclaimed swim coach. Further drills and enhancement of diving skills was next and it was late into the night as the enthusiastic swimmers and parents bid adieu to Sergio, enriched by his immense experience and guidance. Selfies, autographs and group photographs galore marked close of the events.
Thank you Sergio for the wonderful time, from everyone at DSA!