Andy Richard Loveitt
Andy has received numerous National Awards as recognition for his dedication to further develop swimming in the Bahamas and take the countries best swimmers onto the world stage. He was first awarded the Bahamas Swim Federation Coach of the Year. This was followed with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture awarding Andy the National Coach of the Year Award in 2015. Andy excelled again and was also awarded National Coach of the Year in 2016.
Andy has coached numerous National Swim Teams in recent years most notably at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 Pan Am Games, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games , 2017 World Championships, 2014 World SC Championships, 2014 Youth Olympic Games, 2013 World Junior Championships as well as the local regional Meets.
Andy was a member of Great Britain and Wales Water Polo teams for 15 years making over 150 International appearances. He was also a member of the British Colleges Swim Team.
He began coaching in the UK and progressed to be coach of the Worcestershire County Swim Team (which was made up of 16 swimming clubs) for seven years before moving to the Bahamas.
He returned to the sport he loves in 2010 when the Lucayan Lightning Swim Team was formed in Freeport. The club expanded quickly and produced swimmers who broke 4 CARIFTA Records and over 20 National Records with limited pool facilities. In 2013 Andy joined forces with Swift Swimming and assisted them in achieving 3 National Championship victories. His swimmers continued to excel Regionally and Internationally in Swimming and Open Water Swimming making finals,winning medals and breaking records at all levels of International swimming.
In 2016 with his wife Jane they launched the Grand Bahama Tritons Swim Team. The club developed quickly and in its first few months the growth was rapid with programs operating from Learn to Swim all the way through to Competitive and Open Water swimming. The hard work put in by all the coaches was shown in the 2018 National Championships where they finished second in the medal table.
Andy's vision has always been to offer the best coaching possible to allow swimmers to achieve their maximum potential. With increased growth Andy and Jane have joined forces with the YMCA In Freeport to relaunch the YMCA Waverunners. A team of coaches are in place to take swimming in Freeport to a new level. As the club grows more and more swimmers are being given the opportunity to realize their full potential.