Meet the Team

Head Coach: Sue Manners-Wood 

An ex-SA synchronised swimmer with 30 years of coaching experience. Sue has coached club, provincial and national teams.

She coached the South African team that competed at The 17th World Championships, as well as the 14th, 15th and 16th FINA World Championships.

Sue is also a FINA Judge and SA technical committee member. She started the synchronised swimming discipline of Barracudas Swimming Club in 2000, and has had very successful results, ever since.

Image Right: Sue with swimmers Emma and Laura at the Austrian Open where they achieved a second place finish in 2017.

Coach/Digital Manager: Emma Manners-Wood

Recently retired from international competition, Emma started competing at the age of 5.

Emma represented South Africa for the first time in 2005 at Comen Cup. Since then, she has competed at 5 FINA World Championships as well as Austrian and Hungarian Opens.

The current National Individual Champion, Emma started coaching and choreographing at just 16 years old and also judges at local and National competitions.

Her passion for the sport runs deep and she loves the intricate side of costume design and music cutting as well as her love for coaching and teaching.

Assistant Coach: Tayla-Jade van Huyssteen

Tayla joined us in 2019, from the Eastern Cape.

Her dance background brings an exciting aspect to her choreography.

Tayla is bubbly ad cheerful and brightens the team dynamic.

A South African National Squad member, Tayla has competed at two FINA World Championships as well as Junior World Championships.