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Chris Phillips

HEAD COACH / MANAGER

Chris has a long and successful history in swimming, both as an athlete, parent and coach.

As an athlete, Chris held numerous Queensland and Australian Swimming Champion titles, and went on to represent Australia.

As a coach, Chris has been a Queensland and Australian Swimming Team Coach, and was previously a Queensland Academy of Sport Coach. He has coached on the Australian Team on 8 occasions, and has coached numerous National and International World Record Holders. Many of Chris’ swimmers have gone on to Australian Teams, and have successfully competed at Oceana, World Championships, and Paralympic Championships. He is also a 3 time receiver of the Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association Outstanding Coaching Award.

 
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Andrew

Aquatics Coordinator

Andrew has been working in the Aquatic Industry for 20 years, and is now our Aquatics Coordinator at Grace Swimming. He began Lifeguarding in the 90’s and then went on to teach swimming. As he travelled around Australia he gained invaluable experience and worked in every role imaginable. His biggest achievement to date was designing and constructing his own Swim School in Roma.

Andrew still stresses the importance of always having a mentor, and continuing to learn. Prior to joining us here at Grace Swimming in 2015, he held the lease of the Roma Swimming School for 9 years. His goal here is to know every swimmers name.

 
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Josh D

Assistant Coach

Josh has been swimming for as long as he can remember. He began training for competitive swimming when he was 7, and when he was 9 he joined us at Grace Swimming. Josh continued swimming competitively until 2010, and has now been coaching with us for 4 and a half years.

Josh holds a Bronze Coaching Licence and Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Certificate. He says he started coaching to give young kids an opportunity to love swimming and watch them achieve their goals, whether it be completing a 25m swim, or making a qualifying time for states. Being able to impart his knowledge to the swimmers inspires him every day, and never fails to bring a smile to his face.

 
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Tina

Assistant Coach / Adult Coach /
Swim Instructor

Tina started teaching at Redcliffe 24 years ago. She has a massive range of skills, from teaching Toddlers to State Swimmers, and everything in between.

She is passionate about swimming, because it is a skill for life. She says there aren't many sports you can take up as a baby and continue into your 70s, 80s and 90s!

 
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Samantha

Administration

Sam started working in the Kiosk speaking with all the great families we have participating in our program, before moving into Accounts and Administration. She really enjoys it and excels, as she has a lot of experience in Customer Service and background Administration required to keep a business running.

Family means everything to Sam, and she feels that working at Grace is very fulfilling as we are all like a family. She believes learning to swim is so important for all children and families, as well as a great experience for kids to build growing friendships and learn to strive for a healthier and happy life.

 
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Marina

Swim Instructor

Marina has 5 years teaching experience, and because of her love of the ocean and scuba diving, she has always thought it really important to be able to swim efficiently in order to enjoy the water. The joy of being in the water is what she always likes to pass onto her students.

 
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Jaime

Business Development / Swim Instructor

Jaime has joined our team as an experienced Swim Instructor, having taught Learn to Swim and Coached for 9 years.

Growing up by the beach, Jaime has loved swimming her whole life, and hopes that her students will come to share her passion and love for the water. When she is not here at Grace, she is fulfilling her childhood dream of being a professional mermaid. She strongly believes that if children are shown how much fun swimming can be, they will continue to pursue it throughout their adult lives.

 
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Braedyn

Swim Instructor

Braedyn has been swimming for 17 years, since he was 2 years old. He is a swimmer in our Gold (National) Squad, and his biggest achievement to date was qualifying for the Commonwealth Game Trials in 2018.

He started here at Grace in 2017, and is passionate about putting in hard work and getting results. His dedication is a great asset that he now passes on down to all the young swimmers he teaches in our Learn to Swim Program.

 
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Maegen

Swim Instructor

Maegen swam competitively for 8 years, and has been Swimming at Grace for 10 years.

She has been teaching for 3 years, and says the most rewarding thing is seeing the students progress and achieve things they didn’t know they were capable of.

 
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Denise

Swim Instructor

Dee has swum her whole life, socially and competitively through triathlons. After having her two boys she became a stay at home Mum. She decided 2019 was her year to get back in to the workforce, and her love for children and a background working in the health and fitness industry lead her to us here at Grace.

She loves working with children and seeing their happy little faces achieve their goals. Dee believes every child has such a special personality that she loves getting to know, and thinks swimming is a great way for children to have fun and burn off that excess energy and get fit while doing it. She wants every child to have the chance to learn to swim and be safe in the water.

 
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Josh H

Swim Instructor

Josh has a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science which makes him very handy for helping out with the Squads' dry-land training in addition to teaching in the Learn to Swim Program.

Josh swam here at Grace Swimming for 11 years, and has now returned to training here again with goals to resume competing. He has been teaching swimming for 5 years and believes swimming is an invaluable life skill that should be taught to children everywhere and of all ages.

 
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Tracey

Senior Kiosk Worker / Receptionist

Tracey has been working here at Grace for 2 years, and brings a wealth of experience to our team. She has 15 years administrative experience and 20 years teaching experience.

Tracey enjoys working with the staff, and likes being able to hang out with all the kids who swim here. She loves seeing their improvements and watching all the siblings and families come through.

 
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Nicky

Receptionist

Nicky has 13 years Industry experience, and is especially good at all the behind-the-scenes administration that comes with running a business.

She loves her family and animals, and enjoys camping. Nicky believes swimming is really important skill, and loves seeing all the children progress and work their way through the program.