Head Swimming Coach/Manager
Chris has a long history in swimming, first starting out as a swimmer under coach Gordon Peterson at the Chermside Olympic Pool, and later moving to Fosters Marlins at Aspley under coaches Burt Foster and Scott Volkers, where he spent eight years before the centre closed. Chris was then forced to move on to the St Bernadette’s Swimming Club at Scarborough where he continued his training under Ken Wood.
Chris had good success as a swimmer, winning his first Australian Title at the 1982 Pan Pacific School Championships, and again repeating that effort in 1984 at the Pan Pacific School Championships in Melbourne. Chris also achieved Gold at the Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney in the same year.
From those years Chris amassed many Brisbane, Queensland and Australian Championship wins and placings, along with representing Australia in Japan at the Junior Olympics where Chris returned with three Gold and three Junior Olympic Records.
- Brisbane Champion
- Queensland Champion
- Australian Champion
- Junior Olympic Champion
Chris first started coaching at the NSW University under Coach Stephen DeLorenzo before pursuing other lines of work, but the passion for swimming drew him back and he returned to coaching in 2002 under Coaches John Dempsey and Ken Wood.
The next stepping stone for Chris was as Head Coach at Lawnton, where he built a squad there after the previous club moved on. He commenced coaching with a small squad, which he soon built to over 100 swimmers and a large Learn to Swim program, before returning to the Peninsula eight years later.
Over the years Chris has worked with many elite Coaches, and as a Coach has been selected onto Brisbane, Queensland and Australian teams on numerous occasions. Chris’ qualifications are as a Silver Licensed, Level 2 Performance Coach, and he is a current Queensland Academy of Sport Target Squad Coach and Australian Team Coach also.
Assistant Swimming Coach
How long have you been involved with the club?
I have been involved with Grace Swim Club ever since I was about 9 years of age up until I was about 15/16 years old. Even though I haven’t been in the pool for a while I have been supporting my 2 sisters that are a part of the swimming squads. In 2013 I worked in the kiosk for 12 months. Throughout the past 36 months I have been teaching during school swimming hours and doing the occasional learn to swim coaching as required.
Skills you currently have that made you the best person for the job.
I believe that I have certain skills that made me the best person for the job. I believe that I am organised, well-mannered, honest, loyal, and every swim coach has to have a fun aspect within them. As I experienced at the beginning of this year there are times where you can be fun and there are other times where I have to be serious and strict. This is because I want the best out of the swimmers. I want them to succeed, I want them to achieve their goals, and I want them to reach their inspirations. So I believe I have that skills that enables me to do be the best coach for the club, for the swimmers and for myself.
Your own swimming achievements.
With the Grace swim team, I made it to club state titles from 2006 up until I decided to stop swimming in 2010. Within school swimming, I represented the Sunshine Coast region from Year 8 to Year 12 and I have been apart of the Queensland School Swimming Team down in Sydney for Nationals.
Assistant Swimming Coach
Ash has loved the water her entire life, starting with spending hours in the bath tub as a baby. She began Learn to Swim Lessons when she was 2 years old, and since then, her love for the sport of swimming has continued to grow. Swimming has become a lifestyle for her, and she has always prioritized swimming over anything else she does.
Ash has been inspired by her coaches, and now wants to do the same for her swimmers by sharing her knowledge and experience as a coach. She competed at State level in swimming for 9 years, and at a National level for 6 years, in both pool and open water arenas. Her highest accomplishment is dual Australian Champion and record holder in school for the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
Ash is a Bronze Accredited Coach and has now been coaching for five years, and we are very grateful to have her leading our young swimmers through technique development through to competitive swimming