David Wright (swimming coach)

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David Alexander Wright (born 3 March 1948) is a New Zealand swimming coach.

Wright was born in Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand. He attended Wairoa College in New Zealand, Thorp High School in Wisconsin, the United States and Victoria University of Wellington.

Wright is an ASCA International Level 5 swimming coach. He has coached national swimming representatives from New Zealand, the United States Virgin Islands, the United States of America and Saudi Arabia. Most notable students include NZ National and/or US State Champions and/or Saudi Arabian Champions Toni Jeffs, Nichola Chellingworth,[1] Jane Copland,[2] Joseph Skuba, Rhi Jeffrey, Jane Ip, John Foster, Lara van Egten, Loai Tashkandi, Eyad Massoud and Oswaldo Quevedo.[3] Notable events include the award of US Swimming's Certificate of Excellence in 2007, appointment in 2003/2004 as National Coach for the US Virgin Islands, coach of Toni Jeffs at the Barcelona Olympic Games and the 1992 World Short Course Championships where she placed third, coach of Ozzie Quevedo in 2009 when he set two Master's World records in the 50 meters butterfly (24.17) and 100 meters butterfly (54.9) [4] and in 2016 coached Loai Tashkandi to two silver medals in GCC international meet. Currently coaching Jeddah national swimmers in Saudi Arabia. In association with track coach Arthur Lydiard[5] and New Zealand international swimmer Jane Copland published two books on swimming Swim to the Top (ISBN 1841260835), June 2002 and Swimming–A Training Program (ISBN 1841261424), April 2004. Contributor to the swimming website www.swimwatch.net.

The table below shows the fastest times of swimmers coached by Wright.

LONG COURSE WOMEN

50 FREE R JEFFREY 25.59 25/3/12 100 FREE R JEFFREY 55.65 25/3/12 200 FREE R JEFFREY 2.02.31 25/3/12 400 FREE J MARSTON 4.21.38 25/3/12 800 FREE J MARSTON 8.58.89 29/10/11 1500 FREE J MARSTON 17.09.8617/9/11

50 BACK N JOHNS 31.37 8/4/14 100 BACK J MARSTON 1.06.87 23/1/14 200 BACK J MARSTON 2.21.83 23/1/14

50 BRST J IP 33.42 8/4/14 100 BRST J IP 1.12.11 8/4/14 200 BRST J COPLAND 2.36.38 1/8/02

50 FLY R JEFFREY 28.78 17/9/11 100 FLY R JEFFREY 1.01.70 21/1/12 200 FLY R JEFFREY 2.19.05 23/2/12

200 IM J COPLAND 2.23.27 1/8/05 400 IM J MARSTON 5.06.09 24/1/13

10KM OW B MEHER 2.15.55

LONG COURSE MEN

50 FREE J SKUBA 23.38 25/6/09 100 FREE J SKUBA 50.95 25/6/09 200 FREE J FOSTER 1.52.55 31/7/07 400 FREE J FOSTER 4.01.52 21/6/07 800 FREE A MEEDER 9.19.03 20/7/05 1500 FREE A MEEDER 18.00.8020/05/05

50 BACK J FOSTER 28.52 21/6/07 100 BACK J FOSTER 1.03.00 16/2/07 200 BACK A MEEDER 2.35.09 20/5/05

50 BRST Z RADEMAKER 31.74 1/3/11 100 BRST Z RADEMAKER 1.11.42 1/3/11 200 BRST A MEEDER 2.59.02 27/5/05

50 FLY O QUEVEDO 25.25 16/7/09 100 FLY O QUEVEDO 55.90 16/7/09 200 FLY J WRIGHT 2.13.94 26/1/12

200 IM J WRIGHT 2.20.52 27/1/11 400 IM A MEEDER 5.24.18 23/6/05

Prior to his career as a swimming coach, Wright coached track athletes including his wife Alison Wright, who represented New Zealand, Oceania and the United Kingdom over 800, 1500 and 3000 meters. She is also the holder of New Zealand’s longest standing open women’s track and field record, the 1000 meters run in Berlin in 1979. Unusually, Wright is one of very few coaches to have guided competitors in the two principal Olympic sports of track and swimming to participate at Olympic/World Championship level in both sports. The fastest track times of runners helped by Wright are shown in the schedule below

Women's 800 2:02.7 Cologne 1979 Women's 1000 2:38.54 Berlin 1979 Women's 1500 4:11.68 Zurich 1979 Women's 3000 9:00.85 Cork 1981

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