Lineup

Michael Crossland Keynote Website Scaled
In the last five years, he has presented to over 900,000 people from all walks of life around the world. Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, he has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and features regularly across all forms of media. He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti and has been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for 10 consecutive years. The award-winning documentary on his life, by ABC’s Australian Story, has been viewed by over 4 million people, his first tell-all autobiography is now a best seller across 6 different countries and he was one of the queens baton bearers for the commonwealth games!

He has shared the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama & his online videos have been viewed by more than 150 million people.
Watch: How to Fight Through the Worst of Times | Michael Crossland

Keynote Speakers Ash Gierke Website Scaled
Ash Gierke is from the Sunshine Coast. This year, Ash clocks up 13 years in radio, and 6 of those on the Hot 91.1 breakfast show with Sam & Ash.
Ash is no stranger to the early morning alarms after being a swimmer for 15 years. This is where her love for sport stems from. Taking her knowledge of swimming and using that on the microphone as a host and through commentating. Ash made a few World Cups, competed in multiple Australian titles and international events. As a mad sports fan and host, her involvement has grown with these sporting organisations:

• 2018 Commonwealth Games – Swimming Host
• Swimming Australia- Host & Commentator- Pool & Open Water
• NRL Grand Final
• NRL State of Origin
• Australian Socceroos – Brisbane
• Australian Matildas – Brisbane
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Elaine Jobson Keynote Website Scaled
Elaine is a high profile global fitness executive having successfully operated and grown well known fitness brands on several different continents.

She is the recipient of prestigious awards, including Deloitte’s Best Company to Work in South Africa and the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network’s Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, Elaine is renowned for her exceptional leadership and passion for building thriving cultures.

As the Fit Summit Executive of the Year in 2023, Elaine’s unwavering commitment to having happy people achieve exceptional results drove Jetts to top the list of Australia’s best workplaces. Her recent management buyout of Jetts Australia showcases her relentless drive for global expansion.

Elaine inspires excellence and empowers leaders to achieve exceptional corporate cultures worldwide.

Adam Sellars Keynote Website Scaled

Adam is a 2-time Australian Freediving representative and qualified Teacher of Mindfulness Meditation and Advanced Visualization and teaches these skills in competition and business. In a safe and controlled environment, Adam shares the skills and techniques used by freedivers to control the powerful messages sent from the brain that can often immobilize us.

Adam is also a PADI Worldwide Ambassadiver and PADI Freediving Instructor Trainer (Highest PADI Freediver level).

Freediving takes place in an environment that is still uniquely wild and that places a great Physical Pressure on the human body. When you lose the ability to breathe but have learned how to control your responses it gives great insight into what we, as Humans, are capable of achieving and reveals strategies of how we can survive the daily mental pressures of life which prevent us from achieving our best.

Toby Edana Coaching Website Scaled
Imprimis Performance (IP) is an international fitness education service aimed to better understand movement science through comprehensive online and in-person courses. IP is a partner with Bangkok Patana School, running seminars and developing comprehensive Strength & Conditioning Programs tailored to various sports, including Swimming, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Track & Field, and Tennis, thereby enhancing athletic performance and injury prevention among student-athletes.

Toby is a movement Specialist and Performance Consultant and Educator With a Bachelor of Science in Sport Coaching from University of Bath, dedicating his career in educating athletes and coaches with knowledge and skills to excel in their respected fields.

Edana is a Movement Specialist, Sports Performance Coach, and Educator with a diverse background and extensive expertise.

Stephen Badger Coaching Website Scaled
Olympian, Australian Dolphin swimmer #222, Australian Para swimming coach #131, Stephen has a wealth of experience in the sport. From late 2016 coached S7 Para swimmer Matt Levy to numerous world records, receiving Swimming Australia’s Para Coach of the Year Award 2018. Currently coaching at UNSW

Anu Bedi LTS Business Website Scaled
Anu currently owns and runs multiple successful businesses. These include a swim school, a business consultancy service and STEM co-curricular programs for children.

Anu enjoys helping other businesses become successful through CSmart Consulting having worked in spaces such as hospitality, education, fitness & swimming, beauty, supply chain management, education (early childhood & vocational education), immigration, creative arts and construction.

Bridie Bell LTS Business Website Scaled
Bridie Bell is an accomplished HR professional with over 18 years of experience across diverse sectors, including professional services, education, and sport and leisure. Currently serving as the HR Manager at Nunawading Swimming Club Inc and Just Swimming Swim Schools, Bridie has been pivotal in spearheading strategic HR initiatives aimed at enhancing organisational performance and alignment. Her role involves delivering high-impact generalist HR leadership and driving excellence in employee performance, culture, and engagement.

Her career highlights include managing comprehensive back payment projects, restructuring business arms, and implementing high-volume recruitment programs. Bridie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Psychophysiology from Swinburne University and a Diploma of Business (Human Resources) from Holmesglen.

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Brant Best Coaching Website Scaled
Brant works in Coach Development within Swimming Queensland, helping to guide 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 for several SQ regions.

Previous 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.
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.
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Graham Dietrich LTS Teaching Website
Graham is an Adult Learn-to-Swim Specialist deeply passionate about drowning prevention and adult swim instruction. Drawing from personal experiences as a struggling adult swimmer, he offers a unique perspective on effective teaching methods. Currently, Graham is engaged in researching successful adult learn-to-swim programs. His extensive qualifications include certifications in swim instruction, aquaphobia coaching, and surf lifesaving. Graham’s contributions extend beyond teaching, as he regularly writes for industry publications and distributes informative booklets on swimming techniques and drowning prevention. He actively advocates for drowning prevention initiatives, such as installing Rescue Tube Boxes and promoting “Float to Survive” programs in his community.

Jade Edmistone LTS Teaching Website Scaled
The ONCORE Academy is an initiative built on a solid foundation of passion, knowledge and lived experience, dedicated to the development of individuals, groups and organisations. Founded by former World Champion and World Record holder, Jade Edmistone, it is the culmination of a successful sporting career combined with over 14 years of coaching across all levels from grassroots through to high performance. As the Owner and Managing Director, Jade remains at the helm, ensuring ONCORE and its benefits are felt and realised through delivering Clinics and Workshops for children and adults alike who want to improve their swimming. She is also a motivational speaker, author and performance coach. The ONCORE Academy is committed to providing education through collaboration in order to enhance performance which is achieved through improving in the water as well as self-development on land.

Its mission…To build individuals that are not only stronger, more efficient, and faster, but are CONNECTED with the water and with themselves.

Grant Field Coaching Website Scaled
Grant Field is the Director and Head of Coaching at the Australian Golf Centre on the Sunshine Coast. He is a certified Australian PGA Professional Advanced in Coaching and won the 2023 Australian PGA High Performance Coach of the Year for the third straight year. He is the coach of PGA pro golfer Cameron Smith.

He is the head coach for both Golf Queensland and the Queensland Academy of Sport.

Wayne Goldsmith Coaching Website Scaled
Wayne Goldsmith is an Australian sports coaching consultant, author and educator who specialises in coach education, mentoring and leadership development.
He has worked with many elite level and professional athletes, coaches and teams across a variety of sports, including swimming, rugby, rugby league, AFL, water polo and triathlon.
He has authored several books and written over 500 articles on swimming, coaching, leadership, athlete development, team building and sports performance.
Goldsmith is regarded as one of the industry’s leading experts in the field of sports coaching and performance and was recognised for his contribution to the sport of swimming by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2022.
He is currently the Group Aquatics Manager for Belgravia Leisure.

Dr Stewart Hase LTS Keynote Website Scaled
Stewart is a registered psychologist and has worked in the mental health field as a practitioner and educator for over 50 years. He have delivered workshops and spoken at conferences all over the world as well as in Australia, on topics associated with his passion: helping people to adapt and to learn. Currently semi-retired in a small fishing village in NSW, he now spends his time seeing clients, running the odd workshop or two, managing a golf club, actually playing golf, writing, painting, fishing, and traveling in his caravan.

Hoppo LTS Teaching Website
Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins is one of the world’s most influential and recognised Lifeguards, a well-respected water sportsman and Australian media personality.

As a professional lifeguard who has worked for over 30 years and the most resuscitations to any other lifeguard.

As Bondi’s Head Lifeguard, Hopkins has appeared in seventeen 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 was nominated in 2022 for ‘Most Popular Lifestyle Television Show’.

Hoppo is also the President of Surf Education International (SEI) and Ambassador for the water safety education program ‘Float to Survive’

Rhiannon Kocmar LTS Teaching Website Scaled
With an impressive 27-year career dedicated to teaching and coaching in Canberra, Rhiannon’s impact spans from nurturing infants as young as 6 weeks old to honing the skills of Olympic triathletes. Rhiannon boasts a wealth of qualifications, including SWIM Australia teacher certification, Babies & Toddlers and Foundation Coach.

Rhiannon’s commitment and expertise have earned her the distinguished status of a SWIM Australia Diamond level teacher, a recognition that speaks volumes about her dedication to the craft. Her influence extends beyond her homeland; she was a featured guest speaker at the international Swim Schools Spectacular in Singapore in 2020, and she graced the SWIM Teachers and Coaches Australia conferences in both 2018 and 2022 & 2023 with her invaluable insights and has recently shared her knowledge and delivered PD and courses in Bangkok and Singapore.

Tim Lane Coaching Website Scaled
Tim Lane, Director of Swimming at Somerville House, is a highly accomplished swim coach with 20 years of experience. Tim joins us fresh from Paris 2024 to discuss Sprint Swimming. Notable achievements include coaching Cameron McEvoy to a 2023 World Championship gold and TaeHwan Park to three golds at the 2016 World Short Course Championships, and making the coaching team for Paris Olympics 2024. Lane has a track record of success at national and international levels, training swimmers from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Jane Lawrence LTS Teaching Website Scaled
Jane Lawrence has been in the swimming industry for 30 years. She is the owner of Laurie Lawrence Swim School Burleigh. Her teaching experience ranges from infants through to adult swimmers. Jane is currently experiencing the industry from a different perspective – participating in lessons as a parent instead of the instructor.

Kim McMinn LTS Business Website Scaled
Kim is an experienced leader in aquatic education and leisure facility management based in Western Australia. With a dedication to ensuring water safety and inclusive swimming programs are affordable and accessible, Kim has honed his skills and expertise over several roles throughout my career.
His journey in aquatic education began in 2004 as a Swim Teacher. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly to develop innovative programs and techniques to teach swimming to students of all ages and abilities.

Kim has development a comprehensive swim school benchmarking document, open to all swim schools in Perth with most of the large swim schools participating. This initiative aims to change attitudes among Perth-based swim school coordinators, encouraging a culture of openness and willingness to share insights for the betterment of the entire industry in Western Australia. to empower individuals of all backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of swimming in a safe and inclusive environment.

Tiffany Oldrey LTS Business Website Scaled
Tiffany has been working within the Aquatics Industry since 1996. She is a 25-year qualified Swim Teacher and Assessor, and has presented at multiple SWIMCON’s and SWIMInfo’s. She currently manages one of the largest swim schools in Australia at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre and successfully leads a team of 110 amazing Aquatic Specialists and teachers.

Janelle Pallister Coaching Website Scaled
Janelle has been involved in swimming since five years of age. During her swimming career Janelle competed at the 1988 Olympic Games, and represented Australia at the 1990 Commonwealth Games taking home Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as being the flag bearer at the games. She has also competed at Pan Pacs winning Gold, Silver and Bronze and has held numerous Australian titles.
With a break from the industry of 15 years while she was a Flight Attendant, Janelle started teaching learn to swim 18 years ago at her children’s swim school, and eventually found her passion in coaching. As a coach Janelle has been a Qld Teams Coach, and coached on four Junior Australian Teams, as well as being a mentor Coach, and Head Coach. Other career success includes: coaching a Triple Junior World Champion with three Championship Records and Female Swimmer of the Meet. She is currently Co-Coach of the Gold Coast High Performance Hub alongside Michael Bohl.

Kristy Perkins LTS Teaching Website Scaled
Kristy has been a qualified instructor for 23 years and started managing the family business 18 years ago that her father, John Wallace founded in 1985. Since her father’s retirement she has continued his legacy by building a swimming community Baringa.

The JWSS is a privately owned swim school and has a community of over 1000 local families that provide free baby lessons from 8 weeks of age to 6 months, a technically focused learn to swim program for all ages and Squad Development programs.

Maxine Seear Coaching Website
Maxine is a well-known name in the sporting world, having been an Olympian representing Australia for Triathlon in 2004.

She has pursued athletic excellence, and is now in pursuit of creating and coaching athletic excellence. She is a High-performance coach and current coach of Cate Campbell and holds an MBA from Griffith University.

Rita Shamoun LTS Teaching Website Scaled
Rita Shamoun, director of RS Speech Pathology, is a distinguished Speech Pathologist with over 14 years of experience. She excels in early intervention for children with communication disorders. Rita’s expertise spans both public and private sectors, where she is renowned for her advanced clinical skills and dynamic workshops for parents and educators.

Passionate about fostering skilled and authentic communication, Rita believes it builds trust and community. She also hosts the podcast “Wine with Wita,” engaging health professionals and caregivers in meaningful discussions. Rita’s dedication lies in bringing joy to children’s lives and championing their right to communicate through play and connection.

Rohan Taylor Coaching Website Scaled
Rohan Taylor is the current Head Coach of the Australian Swimming Team. Widely credited for leading Australia’s recent success on the international stage, Rohan is committed to “continuous improvement” in everything he does and everyone he works with. Rohan has previously coached Liesel Jones to an Olympic Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and has coached Olympians Belinda Hocking, Ashley Delaney as well as many other world-class athletes.

Liz Van Deventer LTS Business Website Scaled
‘Starting out as an Occupational Therapist Liz quickly found her path into Health and Safety, gaining Masters Qualifications in Ergonomics Safety and Health. After working in a variety of industries, Liz’s role as the Group Health and Safety Manager at Belgravia has returned her to her early passion of learn to swim and human movement.

At Belgravia Liz leads the consistent implementation of the Belgravia ‘Think Safe Act Safe Be Safe’ methodology. Whilst ensuring compliance to both legislated and Organisational expectations, Liz has a passion for optimising business outcomes by incorporating psychosocial factors in the creation of a great safety culture, whereby the wellbeing and safety of all people is prioritised’.

John Wallace Coaching Website Scaled
John has coached swimmers at the highest level, including the Commonwealth Games (2 x silver medals) & 2012 Olympic Games & 2015 World Championships.

He is officially retired from coaching, but assists with squad and private coaching at John Wallace Swim School, Aura as well as private lessons/clinics upon request.

He is a Life Member of SWIM Coaches & Teachers Australia (Queensland Branch) and Life Member Qld Swimming.

Nicole Webster Coaching Website Scaled
Nicole is the Founder and Owner of Strategic Sporting Solutions, a Senior Sport Executive and is currently the Swimming Australia Coach Education and Support Manager. She provides a range of professional services to enhance the power of sport, aquatics, leisure and recreation in communities and has worked for over 20 years in the Aquatics and Recreation Industry.

From the grassroots community-based setting through to the High Performance level, sport enriches our lives… YET, these environments come with risk, have high resourcing requirements, and often low budgets making it tricky to keep up with the many legal and compliance obligations that come with operating a business.

She understands the context and complexities sports administrators often face. Her services are designed to help optimise the strategic direction and operational environments for businesses, clubs and programs in sport.

Nicole Webster LTS Business Website Scaled
Nicole is the Founder and Owner of Strategic Sporting Solutions, a Senior Sport Executive and is currently the Swimming Australia Coach Education and Support Manager. She provides a range of professional services to enhance the power of sport, aquatics, leisure and recreation in communities and has worked for over 20 years in the Aquatics and Recreation Industry.

From the grassroots community-based setting through to the High Performance level, sport enriches our lives… YET, these environments come with risk, have high resourcing requirements, and often low budgets making it tricky to keep up with the many legal and compliance obligations that come with operating a business.

She understands the context and complexities sports administrators often face. Her services are designed to help optimise the strategic direction and operational environments for businesses, clubs and programs in sport.

Jo Wilson Keynote Website Scaled
Jo Wilson is a the Founder of Aqua Sensory in the UK, an expert in baby sensory swimming, and is an international tutor and the owner of two successful family swim centres.

She is on a mission to provide families with new aquatic programs, new skills and new ways to teach, so teachers and swim families thrive. She loves to educate, inspire and nurture through everything she does.

Jo looks at children’s movement patterns and how water interacts with the child’s body in ways that are not seen from the surface. From analysis video analysis research, they have created a series of new holds and moves. Not often shared in swimming is what is happening below the water line in baby and early years swimming.

The full SWIMCON24 Lineup is still being finalised and is subject to change without notice