Rugby School has new Director of Aquatics and Olympian Swim Coach
Rugby School Thailand is pleased to announce the appointment of Sebastian Marko-Varga as new Director of Aquatics, along with his wife, Olympian Ida Marko-Varga, as a key swimming coach. Sebastian and Ida will be moving to Rugby School Thailand with their two young children, who will join the Pre-Prep.
Sebastian has elite training qualifications and has trained numerous athletes to elite level for international competitions such as the World Short Course Championships, European Championships, and the Olympic Games. He has additionally been a national level coach in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. His wife, Ida, is a four-time Olympian, having represented Sweden at Athens, Beijing, London, and Rio, and prior to COVID-19, was preparing for the Tokyo Olympics too. Her specialist strokes are freestyle and butterfly.
When asked about his coaching career, Sebastian said “I started out my career in the ‘learn to swim’ programmes and today nearly 18 years later I have worked my way up as the Head Coach of Swimming Club Poseidon in Lund, Sweden. My biggest inspiration and source of information has been the journey with my wife as a professional swimmer and her four consecutive Olympic Games. The challenges and the success on the way has been both inspiring and educational. I know what it takes because I have lived with a world class swimmer for over 13 years”.
“As a coach, I have to do whatever I can to find the right pathway for every individual. That’s the real challenge, and what I love about coaching. It’s dynamik…”
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