Swimming Mourns Paddy Garratt, Coach, Educator, Champion-Shaper & Gentleman

Paddy Garratt receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from BSCA Past President Lindsay Powell in 2013 [courtesy of the BSCA]

Obituary: Paddy Garratt passed away today. He will be much missed in swimming in Britain, leading coaches, athletes and others leading the condolences for Paddy’s wife, three-times Olympic teamster Caroline (nee Foot), and the couple’s daughter Molly

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Obituary: Paddy Garratt passed away today. He will be much missed in swimming in Britain, leading coaches, athletes and others leading the condolences for Paddy’s wife, three-times Olympic teamster Caroline (nee Foot), and the couple’s daughter Molly

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Clive Rushton

Great man. Great coach. Great memories. Great legacy.

Suki Brownsdon

Ditto .

david lyles

Gentleman is always the first word that springs to mind when you mention Paddy.
Was always patient with us younger coaches, always encouraging and always making sure we had access to the latest swimming gadgets!

Was an inspiration in my younger years and a friend in later life. Sad day for swimming, especially so soon after the untimely passing of another gentleman coach – Randy Bennett.
Thoughts and best wishes to Caroline and Molly-Jo

James Parrack

A gentleman, always with a warm smile and a joke and we all have a lifetime of memories in Paddy’s company. Paddy set the standard and his Millfield teams inspired all of us young swimmers growing up in the western counties.

John Atkinson

Paddy was, as all have said, a true gentleman and a great and innovative coach, someone who did the right thing in everything he did. He was my first mentor as I worked with him for 3 years in my very first coaching days at Millfield school. Lessons learned on deck and off deck stay with me every day, he will never be forgotten. My heartfelt condolences to Caroline and Molly-Jo.

John Anderson

A remarkable man and inspirational coach, Paddy was a legend well before I arrived at Millfield Prep school in 84, He was incredibly supportive and always available to give sound considered advice. The founding Father of Millfield Swimming.
Thoughts and sincere wishes to Caroline & family.

Jon Rudd

It’s all been said. A man with legendary status who had such a positive and lasting effect on so many of us and helped to shape who we are today

David Goadby

A fantastic coach and mentor who brought out the best in the swimmers whatever the age or standard. Brow seen, Goodhew, Howe, Foster, sharper, Foot and Bewley to name a few. He was a key individual who inspired me to captain my country at the World Schools Games and to complete my lifelong ambition of swimming the English Channel. Thank You Paddy. Your legacy will live on. RIP. Forever grateful.

Neil Harper

I was extremely fortunate to spend 5 years at Millfield. Paddy and Swimming were at the center of everything. He quietly and continuously guided me to make better decisions, challenge myself to be more dedicated and believe that I could be better than I thought. 2 Olympics as a GB swimmer and 2 Olympics as a coach has me humbled. When someone in your life allows you to realize your true love and passion, don’t ever hold back thanking them and letting everyone else know what they did for you. Again, Thank you Paddy! Thank you Millfield! Love you Caroline.

Paul Howe

Paddy was a coach who excelled on being ahead of main stream coaching techniques. His self motivation and huge desire for the sport developed Millfield into a centre of excellence for swimming. Great coach and mentor with a huge passion for the sport. He will be sadly missed. My best wishes and thoughts to Caroline and family.

John Sutton

When starting out in coaching in late 60’s Paddy was a great source of help and guidance.Not just coaching but how to benefit swimmers by taking various positions like Warm up Marshal.Not to forget ROPE A DOPE exercise for learning fast turns.Have many fond memories

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