Mel Marshall Announced As Head Coach Of ISL London Roar

We’ve been receiving a steady stream of athlete signings to the various International Swimming League (ISL) squads, but today London Roar has revealed the team’s official Head Coach.

Mel Marshall, coach of team captain Adam Peatyhas been announced as the coach for the inaugural ISL season. Per the squad’s IG post, “We’re delighted to announce Melanie Marshall as Head Coach for the London Roar this year. British Swim Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 @melmarshallmassive is also the coach of Olympic Champion @adam_peaty & his London Roar teammate @sarahvasey96 Before coaching, Mel was a successful swimmer herself as a 3 time Olympian & 6 time Commonwealth Games medallist. Its great to have you on board Mel! #worldsbest #swimcoach#londonroar #isl2019 “

Marshall is currently Lead National Coach at the National Centre for Swimming at Loughborough, a position she has held since December 2016. A double Olympian and former world record holder herself, Marshall is also the 2nd most decorated Commonwealth Games female athlete. She retired from competitive swimming in 2008 and joined Derby Swimming Club as Head Coach, grooming Peaty to become the dominant powerhouse that he is before they both moved on to Loughborough.

As of June 6th, London Roar‘s roster is comprised of the following athletes:

Cate Campbell Adam Peaty
Bronte Campbell James Guy
Emma McKeon Kyle Chalmers
Minna Atherton Elijah Winnington
Holly Barratt Alex Graham
Jess Hansen Yuri Kisil
Taylor McKeown Matthew Wilson
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Finlay Knox
Jeanette Ottesen Cameron McEvoy
Sydney Pickrem Kirill Prigoda
Mireia Belmonte Vini Lanza
Marie Wattel Duncan Scott
Sarah Vasey
Holly Hibbott
Boglarka Kapas


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3 years ago

Why can’t I get rid of thoughts that everything about this ISL stuff is kind of artificial. That it isn’t a self-sustained movement but an enterprise undertaking that depends solely on the whim of one person.
The business plan is really straight forward:
buy 100-150 swimmers ( if you are shocked with the reality of word “buy” use “sign contract with guaranteed salary”);
pay them 3-5 million dollars and promise some bonuses in the case of reasonable profit;
spend some extra on 7 meets organization and advertising;
And see if it pays back.
If it is the loss at the end of the season then say: “I’m sorry. I tried my best for the… Read more »

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

First off, it doesn’t seem artificial to me. The ISL appears to follow the general model of mixing business and sports that has been wildly successful in other professional sports. Would you consider the NFL or NBA to be artificial?

Second, the ISL or another organization similar was not attempted until the athletes collectively began to get fed up with FINA’s behavior, which led multiple big name athletes (Peaty, Hosszu, etc.) to speak out against FINA and call for change.

Reply to  FLSwimmer
3 years ago

The speaks for change have been heard since the day of FINA creation. The voices of mentioned by you swimmers were mosquito buzz and they weren’t vocal until Energy Standard came to picture with its money. You are confusing cause with consequences. Recall the sequence of events. It was Energy Standard’s initiative first and then the leading swimmers got involved later to break the FINA’s opposition and to clear the way for ISL creation. It was Energy for Swim backed by Energy Standard who made a disturbance up to imposing FINA ban on swimmers. And then after got betrayed the swimmers left powerless with their loud statements.
Your comparison with NFL, NBA etc is not good. There is a… Read more »

The michael phelps caterpillar
3 years ago

They BEGGED me to the their coach. I said No! I am too busy refurbishing a 1997 Volkswagen Firebird!

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