About Gill Melton

Hi, thanks for visiting, I’m hoping you’ll give me the chance to help you with your swimming teaching / coaching.

I have always had a passion for the sport of swimming, I started teaching in London in 1972, and have not looked back.  I hope you find the articles insightful and would love to hear from you, post a comment or write to me gill@meltonswimming.com.

Below is a brief outline of my history and achievements.

Gill Melton Summary of Swimming Qualifications
Amateur Swimming Association Teachers Certificate 1972
Amateur Swimming Association Advanced Teachers Certificate 1973
Royal Life Saving Society Distinction Award 1978
British Coaches Association Coaches certificate 1978
Swimming Teachers Association Diving Teachers Certificate 1979.
St. John’s First Aid Course 1988
S.A. Bronze Life Saving Certificate 1989
NOCSA Senior Coaches course 1995
S.A. Advanced Resuscitation Award 1998
FINA course October, 1995

Top Coaches Gill has studied with:
Dave Haller (British Olympic Coach 1980)
Bill Penny (British Olympic Coach 1978 – 1980)
John Verrier  F.I.N.A Technical Adviser/A.S.A. Tutor/Coach and Olympic Coach
John Wright Australian National Age Group Coach and Distance Coach.
Bill Sweetenham Australian Olympic Coach/National Director Swimming UK

Professional experience and achievements:
Employed by the I.L.E.A. 1973-1974 teaching school children to swim.
Based at Camberwell and Ladywell Baths London, England.
Private Swimming School Que Que, Rhodesia 1974 –1976
Chief swimming teacher at The Blackheath High School for Girls,
London, England 1979-1980.

Began The Melton Swimming School, Kempton Park, South Africa 1981.  The school operated for 18 years and during that time produced Provincial, National and International swimmers. The school closed down in 1998 when my family and I relocated to Durban, KZN. During my years at Kempton Park I was accepted as the Kempton Swimming Club Head Coach in 1985.  When I started at the club the team was bottom of the Transvaal 3rd. league.  In 1986 the club was promoted to 2nd. League.  In 1987 the club was again promoted to 1st. league and finished 3rd in the 1st league behind Old Edwardians and Wanderers ASA. This was a magnificent achievement as the Kempton Park club had only 42 registered swimmers.  Some of the Club’s Transvaal records still stand in Gauteng to date.  I produced National and Junior Champions during my office at Kempton Park Club.  Since 1987 – 1998 I have placed swimmers on the Transvaal Provincial team to compete at the National Championships.

Denise Melton 1st place South African Junior Age Group Championships in Bloemfontein, 13 year age group 100m Butterfly, 1987.

Gill was selected Assistant Coach to the Johannesburg squad that competed at the Macau Age Group Championships in Macau, 1992.  The Squad finished 2nd overall and took home numerous medals and South African Junior records.

Placed four swimmers on the South African High School team 1994 that competed at Crystal Palace, London, England.

Mia van Biljon age 13 years chosen to swim on the S.A. National junior team to compete at the All African Age Group Championships Cairo, Egypt 1994. Mia competed in 100m and 200m Breaststroke.

Mia van Biljon was also, chosen to compete in the National Age Group Team to swim in Darmstadt, Germany 1994 in 100m/200m Breaststroke.
Head Coach at the Lenasia Development Camp 22nd. January, 1995.  This camp was televised.

Chief Swimming Coach grade 0 – matric at The Bishop Bavin School, St. Georges, Gauteng 1992 –1994.

S.A. National Championships 1995 – 5 swimmers finaled. Viki van den Barselaar 2nd 200m Breaststoke.

Viki van den Barselaar, age 14years, chosen to compete in the South African Age Group Team at Crystal Palace, London, England 1995.  Viki took 1st place in 100m Breaststroke in a new S.A. Age Group record and 2nd. 200m Breast, also, new age group record.
At the The Queensland National Age Group Championships, Australia, 1995/96, I took a team of 27 swimmers to these championships.  The team took several gold, silver and bronze medals at these championships and broke several S.A. junior records.
S.A.S.C.A.T.A. – junior swimmer of the year 1994/95 Viki Van Den Barselaar.

National Championships, Durban 1996
Yolandi Talyard 2nd 800m Free.
S.A. Junior Team competing at the British National Championships, Crystal Palace, London two swimmers on team, July 1995.
Yolandi Talyard,
Viki van den Barselaar

Viki van den Barselaar awarded her Springbok colours.  A member of the S.A. Swimming team to compete at the World Short course championships in Rio, Brazil 1995.

S.A. National short course championships Cape Town 1996 – 8 qualifiers competed.  Yolandi Talyard 2 silver medals,  Viki van den Barselaar 3 bronze medals, Lynne Rutherford 1 bronze medal 400m I/M and Qualified for World short course championships.  The Kempton Park relay team took a bronze medal at these championships in the 4 x 100m medley.

S.A. Primary schools February, 1998 13 swimmers chosen from the Melton Squad.  Sasha Theron took a gold medal in the 50m and 100m Backstroke and broke the S.A. record.
S.A. High schools February, 1998 5 swimmers chosen.

Gauteng Championships, Delville pool February 1998 the squad did very well.

S.A. High Schools team to compete in Taiwan 2 swimmers chosen Yolandi Talyard and Viki van den Barselaar.

After the 1998 season my family relocated to Durban, KZN.  I accepted a position as Head Coach at the D.P.H.S.  This involved teaching the boys from grade 0 to grade 7 as well as coaching the school swimming team. At the 1999 Durban and Districts annual gala D.P.H.S. team came 1st in the ‘A’ league and 1st in the ‘B’ league with their ‘B’ team.  The ‘B’ team was promoted to the ‘A’ league. This was the first time in the history of the gala that a school had 2 teams in the ‘A’ league.  I remained with D.P.H.S for 8 years and during that time the school remained unbeaten in KZN D and D gala.  I started to develop a small swimming squad at this time but decided not to return to top level coaching.  Some of the swimmers began to improve to such a standard that I was asked to return to the coaching scene once more. Hence in 2006 I resigned from D.P.H.S. and returned to coaching.  Although I still had a relatively small squad, 13 swimmers they proved to be a force to be reckoned with. I have swimmers at all levels of SSA galas and have taken numerous medals.  The most successful was Jessica Bragason who took 1st place at Level 3 champs 100m Free, 2nd 50m Free and 50m Fly.  She was also, chosen to swim on the provincial squad for KZN.

July,08     Guest speaker at SSA workshop at Kings Park pool 26th. July, 08, Children with low muscle tone.

Awarded my S.A. Springbok colours for swim coaching 1994. Chosen as Assistant Swimming Coach to the S.A. Team to compete in London, England and Darmstadt, Germany 1994.

S.A.S.C.A.T.A.  The Rhino Coaches Award presented to Gillian Melton for achievements during the 1994/95 season.

Chosen as COACH OF THE YEAR 1994 by The Kempton Park Town council.
Swimming South Africa Annual Awards Dinner 28TH. February1998. Swimming Teacher of the Year Mrs Gillian Melton

S.S.A Certificate Award for outstanding service to the teaching of swimming in South Africa 2006.

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