Coaches Bio

Stavros Michaelides

Over his 25-year career (1981 – 2006), he gifted our country with  special moments and honours: three participations (1992, 1996, 2000) in the Olympic Games, with his 20th position in the 50m freestyle in 1992 standing out as the best ever performance of a Cypriot swimmer. Four participations (1994, 1998, 2003, 2005) in World Championships and another four (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004) in international 25m competitions. Three participations (1990, 1994, 2002) in the Commonwealth Games, reaching the final in the 50m freestyle in 1994 and coming 5th in the 4x100m freestyle medley relay in 2002. Three participations (1991, 1993, 1999) in European championships and another five participations (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005) in European 25m competitions. Two fourth positions (50m freestyle and 50m butterfly) in the 1998 Swimming World Cup.

One silver and two bronze medals in four participation (1991, 1993, 1997, 2001) in Mediterranean Games. Seven gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals in the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE). Two gold medals and one silver medal at the Balkan Games. Throughout his career, he counts 108 successful national performances in 50m pools and 10 in 25m pools, breaking a total of 118 national records.

Apart from the many merits mentioned above, he also counts a number of successes at the University of Alabama, from 1990 until 1995, where he qualified 13 times in the All American team and five times in the All Star team of the south eastern region of America. He also enjoyed successes with the teams ANO Glyfada, PanHellenic, PAOK and Panathinaikos in Greek national championships.


Nicolas Stylianou

He started swimming at the age of 9. From the age of 11 until 20 years old, he took part in World Championships representing Cyprus’ National Team, winning a number of international merits. He studied Physical Education and Sports Science at the Semmelweis University in Hungary. He acquired an IOC-recognised M.A. in Physical Education, specialising in swimming teaching. After returning to Cyprus from his studies, he worked at a private gym for 5 years, in the training department as well as the competitive section, in cooperation with the Larnaca Nautical Club. He was a coach at the Constantia Nautical Club in 2012, where he gained even more experience in the competitive field. He took up duties as an assistant coach at the Limassol Nautical Club in September 2012, thus continuing in the field of competitive swimming.

Demetris Charalambous

He was born in Limassol in 1982 and has been engaged in sport from a very young age. He graduated from the School of Physical Education and Sports Science of the Aristotle University, specialising in swimming and gaining a postgraduate degree in “Sports Performance” at Portsmouth University. He has been professionally coaching and training swimmers since 2006, and is a member of the Limassol Nautical Club’s coaching team since the 2009-2010 season.

Bettina Toth

A graduate of Juhasz Gyula University, Szeged. She studied Geography and Physical Education. She holds certificates for the below Swim Lessons University – USA, WABC
– Parent and Tot
– 101, 102, 103 How to teach children to swim
– 201, 202, 203 Swim strokes
– 301, 302, 303 Advanced Swim Strokes
-402 Lifesaving strokes
– Fundamentals of Teaching

She has been employed at the Limassol Nautical Club for the past 4 years. She is the chief swimming coach at the Limassol Olympic Swimming Pool.

Bios of the pre competitive Team Coaches

Maria Georgiou

A graduate of the University of Physical Education in Budapest, specialising in Swimming. She is a Physical Education teacher and swimming coach at the Limassol Nautical Club for the under 10-year-olds. She has successfully trained boys/girls a’, b’, c’ categories.

As a Limassol Nautical Club swimming athlete, she came first in the 100m and 200m breaststroke women’s categories and in 1992, she came first in the 200m breaststroke category.

Byron Mavromoustakis

A former competitive swimmer of the LNC, he graduated from the Democritus University of Thrace – Komotini, gaining a degree in physical education and sports science, and specialising in swimming. He also graduated from Frederick University’s Department of Education, specialising in physical education. A student on the postgraduate studies programme of the Democritus University of Thrace – Komotini. Lifeguard instructor.

Marianna Phiniotou

Graduated from the School of Physical Education and Sports Science of the Aristotle University.

Antigoni Christoforou

Holds a degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from the Aristotle University and postgraduate degree in gymnastics from the “Vasil Levski” National Sports Academy in Sofia. Up until 2005, she was the chief swimming coach and in charge of the junior swimming team for children under the age of 10, while from 2005 until present, she coaches the junior pre competitive team and is responsible for organising the Limassol Nautical Club’s annual Summer Camp. She has a First Aid certificate, as well as two medals from the Lifeguard Service.