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Sunday, 20 May 2018 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Kew, Australia



Organisation: AUSTSWIM WETS

After qualifying in December 2017, Anthea has been teaching 5 classes a week at the RACV in Torquay and at the Torquay Swim School.  She also teaches other group exercise classes.  She enjoys taking boot camp/interval/circuit style classes.  Anthea will show how you can use cheap, everyday items such as buckets and rags to add some unique moves into your classes.


Helen gained her qualification in May 2017 and teaches 2 aqua classes a week at the RACV Country Club Healesville and at the Jack Hort Memorial Community Pool in Healesville, as well at being a TSW.  She teaches mainly Aqua Fit classes with an older demographic but has enjoyed challenging her participants and introducing them to higher intensity workouts.  Helen will use another everyday item, a ball, in her session to get you moving.


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Organisation: Life Saving Victoria

Blair Morton is the Multicultural Projects Coordinator at Life Saving Victoria. Blair works at LSV to educate at-risk migrant communities on water safety, provide swimming lessons to migrant communities, and develop role models from diverse backgrounds within pools. Blair has worked in this role at LSV since October 2015.

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Organisation: Aligned Leisure

Carleigh’s exposure to the Health and Fitness industry began as an instructor whilst completing her undergraduate education. After completing a Bachelor of Event Management/Marketing and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Carleigh increased her commitment through a Group Fitness Management position. Her time is now shared between this role and an industry-based PhD in sports marketing, focusing on member retention.


Organisation: Maribrynong Aquatic Centre

Competition Swimmer, Lifesaving and Water Polo for 16 years
Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety since 1983
Multiple AUSTSWIM Extensions
Past LSV & AUSTSWIM Presenter
Lectured in Aquatics - Victoria University
Currently looks after 75+ staff and 3,500 students 


David Buttifant is passionate about helping others setting new benchmarks and driving their performance. He has conducted and facilitated multiple programs for companies on Resilience, High Performance, Team Building, Wellbeing and Culture. His principles and values have supported him throughout his professional and personal journey and continues to assist others to unlock their potential.


Organisation: Belgravia Leisure

Gail Dimitriadis has worked in the Aquatic area for over 20 years. She has been involved in aquatic education as a teacher in infants and preschool and disability. She managed a large aquatic program with over 2000 children in the program. She is now Service Manager of the Water Marc Centre in Greensborough. Gail Is passionate about the need for programs that involve high school children, better communication in aquatic centres,CALD Communities being involved in aquatic education and brining the outside environment into pools and educating children about the many waterways that are in Australia and how to be safe in and around them. Gail has been the worthy recipient of many prestigious awards for her commitment and passion to teaching our children how to be safe and happy in the water.

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Organisation: Secondary PE Teacher & AUSTSWIM Aqua Instructor

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Organisation: Tiger Pistol

Jaime Nosworthy is currently General Manager of Tiger Pistol- a social advertising automation platform focused on performance and scale. With a solid background across key verticals, Jaime is responsible for the growth of the Tiger Pistol business in the APAC region and leading a team of digital marketers to build world class social strategies through Tiger Pistol’s proprietary technology.

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Organisation: YMCA Victoria

Janelle has been working in the aquatics industry for 20 years. Her experience began as an AUSTSWIM teacher in the private sector before she moved into a career with the YMCA as a program manager for aquatic facilities in Casey and Dandenong. More recently Janelle commenced her role as the Aquatic Project Manager for YMCA Victoria where she works with program specialists to develop YMCA initiatives around programs and services. Janelle works alongside aquatic industry groups and leading bodies to strengthen work in drowning prevention and the swimming and water safety competency of all Victorians.

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Organisation: Yarra Leisure

Josie Pennicott leads a team of 80+ individuals as the Aquatic Programs Coordinator at Yarra City Council in the Leisure Services Branch. What began as her first job nearly 13 years ago as a swim teacher has sprouted an innovative and person focussed approach to leading teams in the aquatic and recreation industry.

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Organisation: Peninsula Leisure

Julia is the Aquatics Manager at PARC Frankston, Victoria – a new centre that opened in October 2014. Since joining PARC, she has completely re-written and redesigned the LTS program offered to swimmers, which is the first of its kind in Australia. She has been teaching and presenting swimming for nearly 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge and information to share. She trained as a Phys Ed teacher in the UK and came to Australia 15 years ago where she fulfilled her dream and bought a swim school which she later sold to take up new challenges. She is passionate about the grass roots of swimming believing that without little gumnuts there will never be big gum trees. She likes to think outside the square with innovative teaching ideas and practices and still gets teary when the small people master their challenges.

Organisation: AUSTSWIM Presenter


Organisation: AUSTSWIM Presenter

An aquatic educator for the past 30 years, Maria Burn brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Access and Inclusion, Adults, Infants and Pre-schoolers, school groups and her expertise, participants with unique functional and intellectual challenges.
Maria also takes great delight in her role as an AUSTSWIM presenter, which allows her to pass on to others her passion, vast knowledge and extensive understanding so they too can embrace difference and experience the joy of aquatic education for all.
Maria’s skill, knowledge and passion has been recognised by numerous awards over the years including, Victoria’s Award of Teacher of Access and Inclusion, National Teacher of Infant and Pre School Aquatics, Inclusive programming and Community Disability …..
Maria strongly believes that everyone has the right to reach their full potential in life as well as the aquatic environment.

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Organisation: Just Swimming Nunawading

Nicole has been involved in the aquatic industry for the past 11 years
Nicole is currently the General Manager at Just Swimming Nunawading.
Nicole’s aquatic experiences include AUSTSWIM Presenter, Swim School Manager, Children’s Programs Director, Marketing Manager and Aquatic Programs Director

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Organisation: MLC Aquatic

Phil has taught swimming and water safety for over 15 years, the base for his passion for passing on his knowledge to the youngsters. Currently as MLC Aquatics National & Development Squad Coach Phil provides coaching, programing and planning for swimmers who are aged between 9 to 18 years of age. Phil’s main role is to provide a safe but challenging environment for swimmers to be able to reach their goals at a National level. This he has achieved multiple times as well as receiving industry awards for coaching.

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Organisation: Special Olympics

As Sport Development & Partnerships Manager for Special Olympics Australia, Simon is responsible for managing partnerships with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), NSOs and Government departments in addition to supporting grassroots disability programs. Previously employed at the ASC in developing junior sport, Simon has a passion for inclusion and is committed to creating a more inclusive sector through quality resources and training to support local delivery.

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Organisation: WETS Presenter

Recently awarded the 2016 recipient of the AUSTSWIM National Aqua Instructor of the Year, Stacey brings with her over 15 years’ experience in the Fitness Industry, with experience in freestyle group exercise, personal training and aqua instruction.

Over the past 8 years, Stacey has been steadily growing her community fitness business, Freedom Health and Wellness, located just outside of Hobart. Two years ago, after just having her first baby, Stacey and her husband purchased an old warehouse and have created a thriving fitness centre, motivating and inspiring community members of all ages and mentoring a number of members who are now part of the Freedom crew of trainers.

While balancing the growing business, mentoring trainers and being a mum and a wife, Stacey has been working on completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in her spare time with the end goal of becoming an Exercise Physiologist in the not too distant future!

Stacey is an energetic and popular fitness professional, with a genuinely caring nature and infectious love of the fitness industry. She has been presenting both nationally and internationally at aquatic and fitness conferences over the last 10 years.

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Organisation: Just Swimming

Steph Laidlaw has taught swimming for many, many years… Steph taught swimming as a teenager and after taking a break to have her 3 daughters, came back to the world of swimming and hasn’t looked back. Swimming for Steph part of daily life. Steph is a very experienced babies and pre-school teacher but also has great exposure to the other end of swimming both as a teacher and parent with her children swimming at a National level through the Nunawading Swimming Club.

Steph is very passionate about ensuring teachers learn and develop and conduct high quality lessons allowing children to excel at any stage within their learning. Steph is currently the Swim School Coordinator at Just Swimming Tintern, located in Ringwood East.