In a career that spans over 30 years, Pauline Pratt has achieved a number of milestones in her swimming coaching profession. Her love of marathon swimming coaching can be seen in her 7 English Channel Solo crossings, 19 English Channel relays, 2 successful Manhattan Island crossings plus coaching multiple solo, duo’s and relays (too many to count) in the Rottnest Island Swim for the last 20 years. Her success has been recognised in the form of being a finalist in the Pride of Australia Medal and winning the Australian Sports Awards in the Masters category for the Oldest team in the world to have swum the English Channel.
Other English Channel achievements include
– Oldest lady in the world to have swum the channel
– Multiple teams with the fastest time for that year
– Four man masters team which included the oldest man and woman to swim the English Channel.
If that wasn’t enough Pauline was also a highly successful Head Swimming Coach of Churchlands Senior High School in Perth. She has coached the swimming team to 9 consecutive wins of the WA State Schools ‘A’ Division Championships. She was the head coach of the esteemed swimming program and has coached a number of Churchlands Senior High School students to conquer the English Channel.
Other career highlights include
– Many state swimming records
– Coaching swimmers to state and national level in both pool and open water
– Coaching Shane Gould out of retirement to a Masters World Record in the 200m Freestyle
– Coached with South African Head Coach Alistair Hatfield
– As a swimmer herself, Pauline was county champion for many years Shropshire and represented Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire in National competition.
– After completing training with members of the British Swimming Team in Liverpool Pauline went on to become to the Womens Royal Airforce champion and went onto win Inter-services (Army, Navy, Airforce).
Pauling takes pride in bringing swimmers to their absolute best.