Lineup

Carol Fox

SWIMCON22 Master of Ceremonies

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Named as an Australian Financial Review 100 Woman of Influence 2019, Carol has a rich sporting background as an athlete in swimming, water polo and surf lifesaving, followed by coaching roles, board and committee positions, university lecturing and sports administration.

Carol has worked with thousands of people in her roles as an Executive Coach, Conference Speaker and Facilitator in the Personal & Professional Development Industry collaborating with all levels of Sport, Government, Not for Profit and Corporate Clients teaching concepts from her book – “Confident Communication for Leaders”.

Carol was an Ambassador for the ICCT20 World Cup 2020, Ambassador for Victoria University Women in Sport Research, President/ Chair of Women Sport Australia, Mentor and Facilitator of the AFLW She Can Coach Project and Patron of the AFL premiership players Club.

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Lisa McInnes-Smith

Sunday – Keynote session

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Lisa McInnes-Smith is in the top echelon of inspirational speakers on shifting attitudes and improving performance. She inspires people to embrace today’s work environment and step up their personal performance level to deliver significant outcomes. In recognition of the impact she has achieved, Lisa is the first Aussie to be inducted into the International Speakers Hall of Fame, after having presented to more than 2½ million people across thirty countries and authored seven bestselling books.
Lisa has been instrumental in transforming people’s lives and careers through her highly interactive keynote presentations. Our conference journey with Lisa will be an unforgettable experience where we are challenged to embrace a new way of thinking about, and seeing, our current world. Lisa will not only inspire us to change but will show us simple and practical ways we can improve our attitude, behaviour and performance.

After years of connecting with organisations and business people, Lisa knows what it takes for people to change – to change direction, change attitude, change behaviour and change outcomes. She is a passionate communicator who is recognised around the world as a performance expert, applying the principles of Human Performance and Sport Psychology to inspire elite personal performance.

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Leigh Nugent

Sunday – Coaching Stream

Gary Barclay

Sunday – Coaching Stream

Darren Holder

Sunday – Coaching Stream

David Proud

Sunday – Coaching Stream

Tracey Schultz

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Laurie Lawrence

Sunday – Learn to Swim Streams
Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Rosie Davis – Marketing Director, Entertainment Brand Marketing, eOne/Hasbro

Sunday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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eOne creates everlasting childhood memories by carefully selecting, crafting and nurturing the very best children’s content into global brands. Rose’s role as Marketing Director at eOne is to create meaningful brand campaigns in Australia and New Zealand targeting families. eOne’s strong roster of brands includes: Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, Power Rangers, My Little Pony: Pony Life, Transformers!

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Victoria Clark

Sunday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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Victoria Clark is the project manager for the SWIM Jobs Victoria program. With more than 18 years of experience in a variety of senior partnership management roles with elite sport, government and community, Victoria’s current role focuses on revitalising the aquatic industry with the recruitment of swim teachers across the state. Having worn many hats with one constant – an unrelenting passion for the opportunities that sport and in particular, swimming can provide. She is truly proud to be involved in a program with great impact.

To revitalise the Victorian aquatic industry, a SWIM Jobs Victoria partnership was established between SWIM Coaches & Teachers Australia (SCTA) and Jobs Victoria in 2021. The program was created to reinvigorate the Victorian aquatic industry and help associated businesses bounce back post-Covid. The focus is to ‘recruit, train and place 280 new swim teachers and aquatic trained professionals across Victoria’. In doing so ease the ‘learn to swim’ crisis in Victoria and build businesses in the aquatic industry. Initially this project will conclude June 2023.

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Leanne Walker

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Leanne watched on as her three children became proficient swimmers, and regularly sits around the edge of a pool as her five grandchildren learn to swim…surely this is the quintessential Australian experience! Thank you swim teachers for keeping my family safe!

She has spent many years supporting students with learning and behavioural needs within schools, and assisted teachers and parents to use strategies and learning tasks appropriate to the child’s abilities and learning requirements. Leanne has a special interest in determining neurodiverse behaviours which may impact a child’s learning, and selecting teaching strategies to regulate these, maximise learning, and create a calm learning environment.

In her role as a presenter within Forum Communicators, Leanne helps people understand and overcome the impact of anxiety on their ability to speak in public. Fear is fear. Neural networks freeze, and this can be experienced by anyone in any context who are being pushed out of their comfort zone, e.g., children new to swimming lessons.

Leanne’s aim for this session, in conjunction with Tammy McMillan, is to assist swim teachers: to understand children with neurodiverse behaviours, e.g., ADHD, ASD, and anxiety; to implement strategies to maximise their learning and emotional well-being; and to create satisfying and calm swim sessions.

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Tammy McMillan

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Tammy McMillan is a qualified Special Education Teacher with five years’ experience in classrooms and as head of Learning Support in Queensland and South Australia. Tammy also spent 8 years representing Australia in Baseball and is an experienced coach. In the establishment of her business, Share, Shape and Shine, Tammy has combined her passions in learning support and experience as an elite sports woman and coach to shine a light on numerous additional needs in education, the sports and wider community. Tammy supports sporting entities to understand and empower their members and participants who have additional needs.

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Peter Dalle Cort and Jessie Jones

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Peter Dalle Cort was born into the learn to swim industry in 1980, he grew up in swim schools and later helped with the management and establishment of centres throughout south east Queensland.
Jessie Jones established her first swim school, Swim Skills with Peter in Cairns in 2008. Together they developed Welcome to water a platform for swim schools to help educate and target the 0 – 12 month age group. Both Jessie and Peter are passionate about providing free educational resources to parents and linking them with like minded force free swim schools. They both believe in a force free, child-led approach to teaching babies and children to swim and want to pass this knowledge and passion onto teachers and swim school owners around the world.

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Brett Hawke

Sunday – Coaching Stream

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Brett Geoffrey Hawke (born 2 June 1975) is a former competitive swimmer who represented Australia at the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. He was the head coach of the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team of Auburn University in the United States until 28 March 2018.

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Herbie Behm


Sunday – Coaching Stream

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Herbie Behm is the Associate Head Coach of Arizona State University as well as a member of the US National Team Coaching Staff. Most recently he coached Ryan Held to win 3 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze) at the 2022 FINA World Championships. He also coached Team USA to a victory at the 2022 Duel in the Pool in Sydney where his full-time athletes went 1-2 in the 50m Freestyle Skins and 1st & 3rd in the 100m Freestyle.

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Sarah Scarce

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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The Aqua English Project was founded in 2006, as a social enterprise initiative. Julia Dixon and Sarah Scarce, on behalf of Tiger Collaborative: A Legal, Education, Business & Intercultural Hub are the Founding Directors. The Aqua English Project has since evolved from social enterprise to free standing not for profit organisation.

All projects reliant on grant funding are delivered in partnership with NFP organisations and educational institutions. All funding received is proudly acquitted through the delivery of specialised English, health, aquatic safety and legal programs for the CALD community. We pride ourselves on accountability and transparency for all project expenditure.

Our work with private educational organisations and tour groups has spanned 14 years. We are proud of the development of our tailored water safety programs for the ESL/CALD community, and strong working relationships within the education and aquatic sectors.

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Yusra Metwally

Sunday – Learn to Swim Streams

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Yusra Metwally is a lawyer and Senior Policy Advisor and is also the founder of Swim Sisters, a grassroots initiative which facilitates opportunities for women from Culturally and Linguisically Diverse backgrounds to learn to swim and to undertake ocean swim training to build swim skills and confidence from the pool to the ocean. Alongside the Swim Sisters Committee, Yusra works closely with surf life saving clubs, aquatic centres and local councils to improve community engagement and representation. Yusra was awarded the 2020 Canterbury-Bankstown Local Sports Woman Award. Yusra has written numerous opinion pieces about the barriers she overcame in her swimming journey, and was featured in the book The Memory Pool by Therese Spruhan and The Women’s Pool by Lynne Spender.

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Kirsten Norden

Sunday – Coaching Stream

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Kirsten Norden is the founder of swimnastics. A dryland program created specifically for swimmers.
In 2015, Kirsten was approached by Rohan Taylor and Damian Farrow to form a gymnastics-based dry-land program that would help junior swimmers enhance their skill acquisition and athleticism. With an understanding of swimming, experience as a high-performance gymnastics coach and history in strength & conditioning for junior developing athletes it made a great fit.
The swimnastics program focuses on teaching swimmers to move well. Using tools from gymnastics, yoga, dance and athletic development to create swimmers that have range to get in the positions needed, strength to tolerate training load, body awareness to increase coachability and attention to detail for swimming skill execution.

What started off with a pilot group of junior swimmers has now become a program servicing swimmers and clubs throughout Australia and overseas.

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Jade Meredith

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Business Stream

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Jade Meredith is an Employsure Employment Relations Advisor, based in Queensland who has gained human resources experience by working in generalist roles across diverse industries, including Aviation, Sporting and Hospitality. This experience has assisted Jade to provide timely, practical and commercial advice to employers on day-to-day employment relations issues and compliance with employment legislation.

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Michael Woods

Sunday – Learn to Swim – Business Stream

Emma Lawrence

Sunday – Learn to Swim Streams
Sunday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Peta Searle

Monday – Keynote session

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Ms Peta Searle (OAM) is an agent of change within the sporting community. When it comes to achieving gender equality, both on and off the field, Peta is recognised as a strong role model challenging and transforming perceptions of women and leaders in sport. Throughout her career, Peta has challenged the notion that male sports require male coaches and leaders by becoming the first female to coach in the AFL at St. Kilda Football Club. Peta developed and coached the St. Kilda AFLW team into as successful entry in the AFLW.

Peta Searle was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017 as she has bridged community and elite sports and continues to champion girls and women at all levels of the game . Peta Searle has an award named after her called the Peta Searle Female Coach of the Year Award after winning 5 consecutive Premierships at Darebin Falcons.

Peta is now currently working with Victoria Police in developing and facilitating cultural change and leadership programs. In the next phase of her career Peta wants to emerge her coaching, educational, and leadership careers to build leadership capabilities that disrupts current institutionalised leadership behaviours.

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Michael Bohl

Monday – Coaching Stream

Chris Mooney

Monday – Coaching Stream

Simon Cusack

Monday – Coaching Stream

Peter Bishop

Monday – Coaching Stream

Vince Raleigh

Monday – Coaching Stream

Wendy Beutel

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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I’m Wendy Beutel, I have 25 years of experience in all aspects of the industry. However, four years ago a college and I were alarmed at the statics of people with Autism drowning. I then ventured down the ‘rabbit hole’ and decided to develop a swimming program for people with additional needs within Laurie Lawrence Swim School. I am currently the Adapted Aquatic Program Coordinator. Our program, knowledge and passion is growing daily and are proud of the accomplishment of our students. Our gained knowledge of teaching adapted aquatics is constantly developing on the learning platform, World Wide Swim School. I believe it’s important to share knowledge within our industry so we all can deliver positive and progressive lessons.

My journey of teaching people with additional needs is driven by proving that everyone can be a safe and strong swimmer in their unique way. My daily highlight is seeing the enjoyment of accomplishments from our students and the excitement of positive learning for the families.

When I’m no in the pool I’m either on an adventure, socializing or hanging with my husband, sons, and dog (she’s my favourite). Three words that describe me – loud, infectious, and compassionate.

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Janine Ramsey

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Counselling, Cert Trauma Professional, Trauma-Informed Aquatics Specialist @Trauma Informed Aquatics.

Janine is an aquatics specialist and aquatic trauma therapist with over 30 years of professional experience in the aquatics industry, including swim school ownership for 24 years. An international presenter and consultant to the aquatics industry with a special focus on trauma-informed practice in aquatics. Janine collaborates with Blue Knot in the area of education on trauma-informed practice.

Personal experience as a former competitive swimmer, member of the New Zealand synchronised swimming team, duet, and in Masters Swimming.

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Danielle Taylor

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Danielle Taylor is the Director of ALTS (Alpha Learn to Swim). ALTS operates three public aquatic centres and swim schools in Central Western Queensland, as well as outreach services to six communities across the Central West. Danielle also hold a position on the Swim Coaches and Teachers Australia Board of Directors, and was the Swim Australia 2018 Swim Teacher of the Year. Danielle is a passionate rural drowning advocate, engaging in all forms of preventative activities from grass roots learn to swim teaching, coaching, RTO training, research and advocacy both at a local government, state and national level. Danielle graduated from the James Cook University Master Public Health/ Master of Business Administration program and is currently undertaking a PhD in Rural Injury with James Cook University.

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Anna Walker

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream
Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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An accomplished executive and strategist with nineteen years’ experience in not-for-profit and government organisations, Anna is CEO of her own company ‘From Now On’. With proven success in management consulting and developing growth strategies, leading government, and stakeholder engagement, Anna is passionate about creatively influencing human behaviours, for a better world. Anna leads SWIM Coaches & Teachers Australia’s ‘Levelling the Deck’ program and is Program Manager of the ‘SWIM Jobs Victoria’ initiative.

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Katrina van Eyk

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Katrina van Eyk fosters innovation in swimming communities to develop confident aquatic professionals.
Through her work with swim schools, clubs and aquatic organisations, Katrina has seen and heard the limitations which come with the industry and works towards developing solutions and opportunities for aquatic professionals to build their skills and reputation while creating a thriving network.

She is passionate about helping swimming communities establish and implement processes which are easy to understand by all and specific to the situation.

Katrina’s legacy is developing a community, confidently enjoying safe participant of water activities.

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Penny Larsen

Monday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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Penny Larsen has extensive experience in developing, deploying and evaluating water safety education programs. Since 2005, Penny has been the National Education Manager for Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. In this role, she is responsible for driving advocacy, education and programs for swimming, lifesaving and water safety including the recent review of the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework. She oversees Royal Life Saving’s key community education programs including Swim and Survive, Water Smart, Bronze e-Lifesaving and Bronze Medallion. Her role includes producing quality teaching and learning resources, evaluating program implementation and developing strategies to increase participation. Penny sees education as one of the vital components in the prevention of drowning.

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Cheryl McLennan

Monday – Aquatic Career Pathways – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Cheryl has been working with Belgravia Leisure for the past 16 years and during this time has held various roles working in the Leisure/Aquatic Industry for the past 30 years. Cheryl commenced her career in the Health and Fitness Sector as a Personal and group Fitness Trainer, Aqua Teacher, and Health/Fitness Manager, before transition into the Aquatic Industry.

Cheryl has worked in the Aquatic Industry, working with many Olympic Coaches, and has held most positions offered in the Aquatic Industry working her way through her career to QLD Aquatic Manager and Acting as National Aquatic Manager for Belgravia Leisure. Cheryl leadership and motivation is that she committed to supporting to set people up for success and is passionate and dedicated to making a positive impact in the Community. She has worked at the “Olympics 2000” as public relations liaison officer for the International Olympic Committee, Royal delegates and elite athletes and supported her daughter in Triathlon at an Elite level.

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Dan Cullen – Belgravia State Operations Manager QLD/NT

Monday – Aquatic Career Pathways – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Dan has been employed by Belgravia Leisure since 1997. This year marks his 25th anniversary as a Belgravia Leisure employee; 18 of which he has spent servicing communities of Queensland. In that time, he has overseen the companies steady growth in the state to now 45 Venues, along with the growth & development people through his Leadership.

Dan has a high level of experience in managing a wide range of aquatic and leisure facilities. He was recognised by his peers and the industry and awarded the ALFAQ Individual Excellence Award for 2018, a testament to his hard work and results achieved at Council owned facilities throughout Queensland.

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Brett Reid

Monday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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Brett is an internationally experienced HR Director, with a track record of delivering successful organisational change across some of Australia’s best-known businesses. He has transformed HR delivery through digital solutions, led significant organisational transformations and won national awards for talent development programs in both the UK and Australia. He is a deeply experienced HR executive who brings an in-depth understanding of change, culture and talent management to his work. Brett’s experience includes leading HR teams in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining the Y, Brett’s work history included roles at Bupa, MLC, BHP Billiton, Pacific Brands, Latitude Finance and Slater & Gordon.

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Debby Tattoli

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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With more than 30 years’ experience, Debby is a Silver License Coach, Swim Australia Course Presenter, Swim Australia Advisory Committee member and asctaNSW board member.
An accomplished and driven professional, Debby has a passion for all things swimming.
As a business owner, head coach, active teacher and course presenter, Debby has expertise across a broad range of aquatic industry issues.
She oversees 5 Swim Schools with over 100 staff and is dedicated to providing rewarding career opportunities and professional development to continually upskill her team and the broader swimming community.

Debby is also the Head Coach of Kincumber Pacific Dolphins Swim Team and has produced multiple State and National Representatives, medalists and record holders.

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Liz Pommer

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Graham Dietrich

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Up until a certain point in his life Graham considered himself a poor swimmer. With a career change and some spare time, he decided it was time to remedy this. After attending many swimming courses and workshops he came to understand the science of swimming and could now do so effortlessly. Graham used his newfound skills and experience to become a swim instructor and coach.
It soon become clear that Graham’s niche was teaching adults to swim and helping adults who struggled with their swimming to swim better. He related well to them because he knew and understood their struggle as well as what worked and what didn’t when teaching adults.

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Michael Anderson

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Nancy Shaw

Monday – Learn to Swim – Business Stream

Skye Bond

Monday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Caroline Duveau-Clayton

Head of Conferences & Events, Village Roadshow
Monday – Learn to Swim – Business Stream

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I am a passionate hotelier and a creator of spectacular and memorable conferences and events.

I was born and raised in Madagascar and travelled extensively around the world, as a child and later with work before arriving in Australia 23 years ago to be with the one I love.

My life in hospitality is spanning over 30 + years and I feel so lucky to have lived and worked in so many wonderful places across Europe, Africa, the USA and now Australia, with International hotel chains such as Le Meridien, Pan Pacific and Rydges in various sales management roles.

Before joining VRTP I spent a year in Real Estate where my hospitality skills enabled me to be the best rookie the company has ever had, and reinforced my sentiment that beyond the brand, sales is about connecting with people and that exceptional customer service will endear the customer to you, which ultimately generates repeat business and referrals, which is the lifeblood of any business.

I have been with VRTP for 15 years now building our conference and events brand and growing our business, and I have never looked back.

One of my highlights was being instrumental in bringing to life the dream I had of adding a large conference centre at the Resort. This addition has allowed us to experience phenomenal growth in our conference and events sector.

Today I head our Conference and Events team to deliver magical experiences for our clients and their delegates and to create memories to last lifetimes across the most unique venues in Australia.

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Marayke Jonkers

Tuesday – Keynote session

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Paralympic multi-medal-winning swimmer (3 medals at 3 Games), Dolphin P192 Marayke Jonkers PLY shares the secrets of her Peak Performance Mindset to help your swimmers achieve their own Gold Medal Life.
A veteran of 3 Paralympic Games – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 – over an international career spanning 2 decades, Marayke is a former world record holder and has broken over 70 Australian Open records in breaststroke, individual medley and butterfly.
She’s made Australian sporting history becoming the first female Paratriathlete to compete at a world championships (Budapest).

Marayke’s sporting journey began slightly differently to most elite athletes, as she first learned to swim after becoming paraplegic in a car accident when she was 8 months old.
Realising the challenges faced by athletes with a disability in sport, she founded Sporting Dreams which empowers young athletes with disabilities to become involved in sport.
Marayke has earned two degrees at the University of the Sunshine Coast, in social science and communications, and achieved a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. Since graduating, the university has recognised her contribution to the community and achievements by awarding her the inaugural Outstanding Alumni and an Honorary Senior Fellowship.
During her illustrious career, she has received a string of additional awards, with highlights for Marayke being a Sydney 2000 Olympic torch bearer, flag bearer for the World Championships, the Sunshine Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and being chosen as an international women’s leader of the future.
Other awards include:
• 2018 Queens Baton Bearer Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
• 2010 Sporting Wheelie of the Year (QLD highest award for athletes with a disability)
• 2008 & 2004 Sunshine Coast Sport Star of the month
• 2008 and 2004 Outstanding Paralympian Award Sunshine Coast Sports star awards
• 2005 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year Award – winner of the overall award & sport section
• 2004 & 2001 Young Australian of the Year Awards finalist
• 1998, 2004, 2006 Young Queenslander of the Year Awards finalist
• 2002 & 2016 Senior Sport Star of the Year Sunshine Coast
• 2000 Australian Sports Medal
Marayke is a media personality who has featured in The Courier-Mail, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Insight on SBS and Totally Wild, and has reported on the Paraylmpics as a journalist.
She loves a challenge and has tried skydiving, sit-skiing, snorkelling, kayaking, camel riding, has travelled through Europe. These days Marayke can be found handcycling along the Maroochy River with her rescue Chihuahua Pepe.
Using sport as a metaphor for life, to mentor athletes and motivate corporate audiences, Marayke has created a Peak Performance mindset formula called a Gold Medal Life, not a Gold Medal Moment.

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Bruce Hopkins

Tuesday – Learn to Swim Streams

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Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins is one of the world’s most influential and recognised Lifeguards, a well-respected water sportsman and Australian media personality.
As Bondi’s Head Lifeguard, Hopkins has appeared in sixteen seasons of the hit television show, Bondi Rescue. The Ten Network show is based around the Lifeguard Service at Bondi Beach following the numerous rescues and day-to-day activities. The hugely successful show now airs in over 130 countries worldwide and has won six Logie Awards to date and is nominated in 2022 for ‘Most Popular Lifestyle Television Show’.
The show has reached over 1.6 million viewers during the highest rating period and is still the most watched show on the Discovery Channel and in January 2018 was also added to Netflix in the U.S.
Hopkins is a regular guest speaker at various international corporations and organisations about his role as Head Lifeguard, expertise in water safety, his leadership skills and teamwork management and is a regular guest at high profile red carpet events, launches and film premieres.
Press coverage has included a photo shoot with international supermodel, Karlie Kloss. Coverage ran in Vogue Australia, OK! Magazine, WHO, Daily Mail and Channel Ten.
Hopkins was interviewed on The Project, Ten News, Channel Seven, Channel Nine, Studio 10, NOVA, KIIS FM & WSFM and more reaching over 10 million people in conjunction with a national water safety campaign in 2020 to highlight water safety in the ocean and back yard pools given the recent drowning epidemic.
As President of both the Australian Pools & Ocean Lifeguard Association (APOLA) and Surf Education International (SEI), Hopkins heads an organisation that specialises in the education of water safety with a key focus to minimise drowning numbers globally. SEI has taken Hopkins around the world as a consultant to Japan, India, Maldives, Dubai, UK, Sweden, Bali and China.
Outside of his work, Hopkins is a passionate and respected water sportsman and competitor. He won two gold medals at the Australian Surf Life Saving titles in the Double Ski and Board Paddle in 2010, and in 2016, he returned to the water after a three-year hiatus to compete around the country in the Ocean Paddler Series. 2016 also saw him take part in a world title race in Hong Kong. He currently competes in the 2022 Shaw and Partners Ocean Ski Series where he is placed 2nd in his category.
Hopkins is a keen philanthropist, and he says, “I’ve been a regular competitor at Perth’s Rottnest Island Swim for the charity category for the past ten years and returned to the West Coast in February where we took out the #1 spot for their division. I’ve also proudly supported many charity organisations over the years, including The McGrath Foundation, Randwick Children’s Hospital and R U OK?”
As an instantly recognised Australian media identity, Bruce Hopkins has worked with many leading brands for endorsement and commercial partnerships, including Virgin Atlantic, UNIQLO, Holeproof Undies, Samsung, Australian Tourism, G’Day LA, Energiser, Bondi Lifeguard Sun Care, Clever Buoy, Stella & Marco Skincare, Casio Watches, LIIVE Sunglasses, OPTUS, Heineken, QT Hotels, Moccona Coffee, ANACONA, Hello Fresh & Netflix.

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Roz White – ‘Company Director’ Whites IGA & Commercial Property, Chair – Sunshine Coast 2032

Tuesday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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Roz White is an award-winning business leader with 28 years’ experience, a charity volunteer and leading advocate for various industry groups. Roz is the co-owner of White’s Grocers and White’s Commercial Property Group employing 400 people in the Sunshine Coast community and heartily shares her business knowledge by mentoring other local business people and sharing her trade insights through guest lecturing at the USC School of Business and the Innovation Centre.

Roz is a passional business advocate recently being appointed as Chair, Sunshine Coast 2032, leading the conversation on the Sunshine Coast with and for the community to optimise the opportunities in the lead up to, during and after the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Roz held leadership positions including board chair, president of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network, ambassador of local food and agribusiness, is a professional member of various industry groups and an active community participant having founded and co-ordinated many successful fundraising events. Roz is a current member of the University and the Sunshine Coast Foundation Board and USC Business School External Academic Advisory Committee and a past board member of Montrose Therapy and Respite Services and advisory member of the Queensland Community Foundation (Sunshine Coast).

Roz was recognised as the SCBWN Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 2015 and named Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year in 2016 by the Australian Institute of Management. Roz was inducted in the IGA Hall of Fame in 2017 as the first independent female, a prestigious honour and significant milestone for women in the supermarket industry. Roz was also a Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist in 2019 and has been awarded multiple national and state industry retail excellence & community awards over the past 20 years, most recently 2021 IGA National Store of the Year and National Customer Service Award, 2021 Qld & Northern NSW Lions Medical Research Foundation Community Service Award and 2021 Sunshine Coast Large Retail Business Award.

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Barry Prime

Tuesday – Four Corners with our Power Coaches – Coaching Stream

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In his current capacity as Swimming Queensland, Coach & Club Development Officer, Barry casts a wide net over selected regions within Queensland encouraging, coaches, swimmers and parents. His role includes, acting as a Resource for Coaches, Coach Mentoring & Program Visits, Regional & Intra-regional Clinics, SQ TID Camps and attendance at selected Regional, State & National Competitions.

Barry has an extensive understanding of swimming development from the perspective of an Age Group/Youth Swimmer to an Olympic Swimmer, from an Age Group/Youth Coach to an International Olympic Coach through the Development of Age Group/Youth Swimmers to Major International Podium Success.

His experience has allowed him to work in Private Swim Club’s, Local Authority Swim Schemes, National Institute of Sport, National Sports School & Coaching on International Teams.

Barry has been fortunate to represent the following nations, Great Britain, Australia, Nigeria, Peru and Singapore as a coach at the World Championships or Olympic Games. His 47 years of coaching experience in developing age group, youth and senior level swimmers has culminated in podium success at the following types of competition:
National, European, Commonwealth, Asian, Pan Pacific, World, Olympic & Paralympic Championships/Games.

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Sarah Brennan

Tuesday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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Sarah is a visionary project manager. Her experience covers brand management, events, strategic marketing and the development, planning and delivery of complex communication projects. Sarah is currently Director of Gravity Design and Manager, Special Projects for Deaf Children Australia.
Sarah has, from her Disney years until now, been a passionate advocate about the importance of young children having equal opportunity to learn to swim. The Puggles Swim program sees this passion come to life.

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Gordon Ellard

Tuesday – Learn to Swim Business Stream

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Gordon Ellard has been involved in swimming for 25 years. He has taught thousands of children to swim and personally trained and mentored coaches in the UK, Thailand and Australia. He is the founder of Bangkok Dolphins, Thailand’s largest swimming school and the only swim school that is accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education.

He has written various swim training courses that deal with teaching children to swim who are not native English speakers but learning in an English-speaking environment. Gordon holds qualifications in Baby Swimming, Learn to Swim and Competitive Swimming with the STA in the UK, ASCTA, Swim Australia and AUSTSWIM.

He holds a Certificate VI in Training and Assessment and is currently working with ASCTA/Swim Australia to deliver their courses in Melbourne.

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Brant Best

Tuesday – The Art of Coaching

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Brant is a Passionate and driven coach and coach mentor with an extensive and diverse coaching experience over 34 years of coaching

Brant now works in Coach development within Swimming Queensland, mentoring and brainstorming with Coaches on technical, tactical and planning issues within their programs. This role also strongly focuses on helping to improve athletes within these programs athletes whilst helping to drive development strategies across the state.

Pervious to this Brant was the head coach of the NSWIS High performance Centre at SOPAC from 2010 – 2016 after working for the Qld Academy of Sport from 2007-2009.

He has worked in the club and school swimming environment building several clubs from the ground up in every facet of the sport from Learn to swim to masters in the club environment.

Coaching Highlights include

• Coach of James Magnussen – the fastest 100m swimmer in the world for four continuous years from 2011 to 2014 this included three World Championship Gold Medals and Olympic silver Medal and Multiple Commonwealth Games Gold medals.

• Placing of 5 athletes into 8 Individual swims on the 2012 Olympic team

• Coached the first Australian Woman under 8.20 in the 800 freestyle breaking the Australian record.

• Has had athletes on the Australian National Team in every pool distance and in every stroke.

• Recipient of the Don Talbot award for Swimming Australia Coach of the year – 2011

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Brendan Keogh

Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Brendan Keogh has been working in the Aquatic Industry for 34 years. During this time, he has been Head Coach of three clubs (Scarborough SSASC, Ferny Hills, and Genesis Aquatics); he has had his own swim school; he has had the lease on an Aquatic Centre (Ferny Hills); he has worked for Swimming Australia (Paralympic Head Coach) and over the last decade has worked at Genesis Christian College and is the Director of Genesis Sport & Aquatics.

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Belinda Croft

Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

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Belinda is an experienced Swim School Manager with a demonstrated history of launching brand new swim schools & also stepping into established swim schools.

Belinda was the inaugural Swim School Manager of both Sunshine Coast venues; Goodlife Swim School (2001) and St Andrew’s Aquatic Centre (2019) and held various other supporting roles on the Sunshine Coast. She is now leading a very successful and rapidly growing program as Swim School Manager at Genesis Sport & Aquatics North Brisbane, under the leadership and mentorship of Brendan Keogh.

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Drew Fisher

Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Business Stream

Rhiannon Kocmar

Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

Brendon Ward – CEO SWIM Coaches and Teachers Australia.

Monday – Learn to Swim – Business Stream
Tuesday – Learn to Swim – Art of Teaching Stream

BIO


Brendon has been CEO of SWIM since June 2016. He has an extensive 22-year background in associations and charitable organisations. Brendon competed at the 1991 and 1994 World Water Polo Championships and run the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2011. Brendon has been a pool lifeguard, a surf lifeguard and is a passionate advocate for water safety and drowning prevention. Brendon is a member of the Australian Water Safety Council and has served on a variety of not for profit and school boards including Water Safety New Zealand and as President of the International Federation for Swim Teacher Associations.

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Shannon Townsend

Tuesday – Swim Australia™ Course Trainer Workshop

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With over 20 years of experience in the Aquatic industry, Shannon loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. She is known for playing swim safer songs on her ukulele and leading ‘Swim, Play, Explore’ travel experiences in Vietnam and the Caribbean. Shannon has been recognised with the Diamond Level Swim Teacher and Presenter of Distinction awards.

Shannon manages Glennie Aquatics in Toowoomba and has previously established and operated two swim schools in South East QLD. She is a qualified yoga instructor with degrees in Human Movements, Leisure Management and Business. She has worked in leading health retreats, resorts, and recreation centres. With her solid experience, Shannon delivers entertaining and informative presentations, allowing participants to feel at ease, encouraging curiosity and fun.

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Gary Toner

Saturday – Swim School Tour
Sunday – Teaching Streams

Bernadette Donaldson

Ian Hanson

Ian Pope

Jon Bell

Rohan Taylor

Jon Shaw


BIO


Work Experience:
• 2016 to present: Coaching Director – Swimming New South Wales
• 2013 – 2016: Paralympics New Zealand Head Coach Para-Swimming
• 2011 – 2013: Head Coach Australian Paralympic High Performance Squad – University of the Sunshine Coast
o Established the program in June, 2011
• 2004-2010 – Sessional Lecturer – Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)
o Lecturer in the following units:
• Biomechanics, Movement and Composition,
• Health and Movement
• 2003 – 2011: Head Coach Des Renford Aquatic Centre – owned and operated by Randwick City Council
• 2000 – 2003 – Head Coach Heffron Park Olympic Pool – leased by RANS Management

Coaching Appointments / Achievements:
• 2016 Paralympics New Zealand Para-Swim Team – 2016 Paralympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
o Head Coach
o Personal Coach to 2 athletes winning 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (1 WR)
• 2015 Paralympics New Zealand Para-Swim Team – IPC World Championships, Glasgow, Scotland
o Head Coach
• 2014 Paralympics New Zealand Para-Swim Team – Para Pan Pacs, Pasadena, USA
o Head Coach
• 2014 New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team – Glasgow, Scotland
o Head Coach Para-Swim
• 2013 Paralympics New Zealand Para-Swim Team – IPC World Championships, Montreal, Canada
o Head Coach
• 2012 Australian Paralympic Swimming Team – 2012 IPC Paralympic Games, London, UK
o Team Coach
o Lead Coach – Relays
o 7 swimmers on the team
• 2010 NSW Team Coach Australian Teams Championship Canberra
• 2009 Australian Junior Pan Pac Team – Guam
o Team Coach
• 2008 Australian Paralympic Swimming Team – 2008 IPC Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
o Team Coach
o Lead Coach – Medley Relay
• 2006 – 2008 Australian Paralympic Team Coach
• 2006 IPC World Championships
o Australian Team Coach – Durban, South Africa
• 2001 – 2011 NSW Team Coach

Athletes Coached:
• IPC Paralympic Champions, Medalists and World Record holders
o Gold – Rick Pendleton, Blake Cochrane, Michael Anderson
o Gold – Mary Fisher (NZ) and Nikita Howarth (NZ)
• IPC World Champions and Medalists
• Australian Medalists
• Australian Open, Age Champions and Medalists
• NSW State Champions and Medalists
• Australian and NSW Record Holders

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The full SWIMCON 22 Lineup is still being finalised and is subject to change without notice