Thanyapura welcomes Spaniard Miguel Lopez Alvarado, who has more than 20 years experience as a swimming coach at the elite level, steering able-bodied and disabled swimmers to great heights. A national swimming coach in his homeland with the highest qualification, Miguel has replaced American Randy Simon as Thanyapura Aquatic Academy Head Coach.
Miguel’s career is expansive. He has trained Olympians and Paralympians, but at heart it is his pure love for the sport that motivates him each day. That is why he has also co-ordinated learn to swim programs.
His dossier of former charges includes three-time triathlon world champion and Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez, arguably the best swimmer in triathlon history. He also coached three swimmers to Paralympic success. Pablo Cimadevila Alvarez, Sebastian Rodriguez and Pablo Saavedra Reinaldo all broke world records while training under him. More recently, he coached London Olympics semi-finalist Beatriz Gomez Cortez.
Miguel studied at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a Master’s degree as a secondary school physical education teacher. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physiology and kinesiology from the University of Florida.
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