Diving coaching is run by Active Luton under the leadership of the Diving Development Officer (Stephen Hewat) and two Diving Development Coaches (Kirsteen Mitchell and Alice Pye).
Stephen has been coaching for 16 years and before joining Luton he was the Head coach of Star Diving Club in Guildford for 8 years. Under his leadership the club prospered going from a small Novice level club to become one of the top 5m facilities in the country.
Stephen has made National Champions at every level of junior diving from Skills to Junior Elite and had 4 divers selected to join the England Pathway Squads whist at Star. He has coached the England Junior Diving Team at international level and had divers selected to represent England and go on to represent GB. Stephen was the first coach of a diver who went on to competed at the commonwealth games on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Kirsteen started diving when she was 12 at Star Diving Club and went onto compete at age groups.
After diving Kirsteen transferred her skills and love of going upside down to Cable wakeboarding. Within a year of starting to wakeboard she competed at British Nationals and came 2nd. This was the start of Kirsteen dominating the British Woman’s wakeboarding scene for a number of years. Kirsteen’s most notable achievements are Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard World Champion, Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard 2nd Place (with ACL damage), Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard European Champion, 2x Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard European 2nd place, 5x Open Ladies Cable Wakeboard British Champion.
Kirsteen has coached many divers to national medals however her focus lies on talent identification and starting a diver off the right way. In this way when they move on, and upwards, they have a fantastic skill foundation.
Alice started diving at the age of 12 at Harrogate District Diving Club and went on to compete at Elite Juniors. She began coaching at Harrogate before moving to Edinburgh for university where she continued coaching for 6 more years, taking all levels from pre-schoolers through to adults, overseeing Talent Identification programmes and working with Elite, Commonwealth and Olympic athletes.
Alice has trained in ballet (and numerous other styles of dance) since the age of 3, and continues to attend classes today. She has used this knowledge to develop a ballet conditioning programme for divers, which has been delivered to athletes on the Team Z England Pathway and in 2017, she presented on the topic at the British Diving Coaching Conference.
Outside of diving, Alice enjoys keeping active in the gym, learning to figure skate and has a passion for languages and eating food.