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.


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

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.

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
Read more

Toby Altree Coaching Website Scaled
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. Formerly an educator at NewMoves Pro, a prominent education company affiliated with NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), played a role in shaping the next generation of fitness professionals.

Founder of Imprimis Performance (IP), 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. Furthermore, his expertise extends to various disciplines, including Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Hyrox, where he currently serves as a consultant at Iron Hive, a sports performance centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

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.

Read more

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.
Read more

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.

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’

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

Originally educated in International Law with a minor in World Politics, she transitioned into coaching and holds a NASM certification, specializing in Pre and Postnatal Training.
With experience as a General Manager at Iron Hive a sports performance centre and boasting four national records and a series of medals for powerlifting, she brings a unique perspective to athletic development.

As an educator at Imprimis Performance and a Sports Performance Coach at Bangkok Patana and Iron Hive, she empowers others to achieve peak performance.

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.

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.

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.

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