Who is Angela?

Angela was born in 1976 in Irvine, Scotland to Stuart Pendrich, a Baptist Minister and Jean (née Ross), who swam for Scotland in the 1970 Commonwealth Games. Angela is the oldest of 4 children.

Angela became Scottish National Champion at 11 and dominated Scottish swimming for 10 years. She was selected for the Olympic team at the age of 15 after qualifying at the European Games with the 4th fastest time in the world. She marginally missed out on competing in the Olympics due to a change in the UK qualifying standards, but went on to compete in the World, European and Commonwealth Games. Ill health forced her to retire in 1996.

Angela moved to Kent in 1978 and married Neil Wilson in May 2001

As an adult Angela was diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and also suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). With her husband she has adopted a daughter who has the same condition.

Angela started Angela’s Swim School in 2002 and has since taught thousands of children and adults to swim. Many of her young clients could swim over a mile at only five years old, and the school’s pupils have won medals in the World Transplant Games, competed in Rio 2016 and two have been selected for Team GB for Tokyo 2020.
Angela’s swim school was successfully franchised in 2014. Some of her early pupils are now becoming instructors and franchisees.

In 2015 Angela was a finalist in both the Lloyds Bank National Business awards and the EWIF awards – Encouraging Women in Franchising.
In 2018 Angela is a finalist in the prestigious bfa HSBC UK Emerging Franchisor of the Year award.

Angela has dedicated herself to helping others achieve amazing things. Her focus is to change and improve lives both through swimming and through her business.

Charitable Endeavours

2004 200 youngsters from David Lloyd, Sidcup took part in their Annual Swimming Gala in aid of The Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of local Sidcup schoolgirl, Lucy Rendell and raised £1,000.00
2012 Angela held a swimming gala in honour of one of her three year old swimmers for the Children with Cancer Charity and raised £350.00.
2014 Became a Lady Taverner and the same year presented Minterne Junior School, Sittingbourne with cricket equipment.
2015 Angela’s Swim School raised £3,000 by hosting an luncheon in aid of the Lady Taverners Play Spaces Appeal
2016 Angela gave a talk to The Diana Award, Anti-Bullying Campaign
2016 Angela attended, spoke and presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Certificates in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO at St James’s Palace, London
2017 Angela gave her inspirational talks to pupils at many schools throughout the year– primary, secondary and sixth form


Here is Angela’s Olympic trial video

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