Kerry Payne is the Spalshers Swim School senior instructor and ex Olympic athlete. Competing under her maiden name of Kerry Shacklock, her list of achievements is impressive as it is long in the art of synchronised swimming…
Kerry spoke about her career
"Now I look back over my swimming career I am rightly proud of my achievements, being the National Champion for 6 years running was incredibly hard work and took complete dedication, but my love for my sport was always my inspiration.
Competing in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona and being a member of Team GB will be something that will live with me forever, it was a golden age of British Athletics and to share in the opening ceremony with such greats as Sally Gunnel, Roger Black and Linford Christie was a complete thrill.
Of course I was hoping for a medal, but to qualify for the finals of both the solo and duel events was an achievement in itself and I was pleased with my over all performance.
Sadly all great things come to an end, and though I miss my life as a competitive swimmer, which started aged 11, being able to get in the pool everyday and teach people of all ages, shapes and sizes to swim is a dream job for me.
That thrill of competing will never be matched, but seeing someone with no confidence in the water and unable to swim to doing confident lengths and enjoying the pool comes pretty close.
I hope I can bring inspiration to everyone I teach, whether it be a toddler who is enjoying their first experience or a competent swimmer who wants to improve technique and go faster. Its about getting the most out of what you want in the water, having fun and enjoying it.