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Sunday, 21 October 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, Traralgon, Australia



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Organisation: Ford Swim Centre

Brian has been involved in swimming for over 50 years as a competitor and coach. He currently manages the venue of this years conference with his wife Michelle and continues as Senior Head Coach with the Traralgon Swimming Club. His experience with Learn to Swim right through to National swimmers together with his energetic approach to teaching will give participants some great take away ideas for your own teaching of breaststroke.


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 


Sean is the Sports Engagement Officer at the Centre for Multi-cultural Youth. He am responsible for engaging young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds into local sports. He works with local sporting clubs to increase their capability and capacity to engage diverse young people and their families into sporting opportunities.


Organisation: AUSTSWIM

Position: Presenters

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.

Leanne White has been involved in the Aquatic Industry for 30 years. As a competitive swimmer she moved into coaching. Leanne has been an Aquatic Director of a small regional facility to a director of a larger facility (over 1100 students and 6500 school students annually). Leanne is qualified to teach and present in the following areas: general, infants/preschool, adults and access and inclusion. She has been a lifeguard and lifesaving victoria examiner for many years. Leanne is also a canoe and snorkeling instructor.

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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.

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Organisation: City of Maroondah

Position: Aquahub Croydon

Kellie Ellingworth has been involved in the aquatic industry for the past 22 years.
Kellie Ellingworth is currently the Maroondah Leisure Program Manager for Aquahub.
Kellie Ellingworth’s aquatic experiences include AUSTSWIM Stream Presenter, Centre Manager, Program Manager, Program Coordinator, Swim School Coordinator, Teacher in Charge, Senior Teacher, Swim Teacher.
Today’s topic will discuss the challenges teachers can face when integrating additional needs children into mainstream classes.


Organisation: LSV

Our mission is to prevent aquatic related death and injury. Our vision is that all communities will learn water safety, swimming and resuscitation, and be provided with safe beaches, water environments and aquatic venues.

We employ more than 300 staff and our lifesaving clubs have more than 31,000 members – all of us working towards our mission and vision.

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Her involvement with swimming started in 1970 when she learnt to swim and from there she joined the Traralgon Swimming Club and has been a member and coach for over 40 years. She has been a qualified Austswim Teacher for 31 years and has worked for a number of different organisations but for the last 22 years she has owned and managed a private Learn to Swim School in Traralgon.

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Organisation: Victorian DHHS Community Sport & Recreation

Shawn has worked in the field of autism and disability since 2003. In this time Shawn has seen the value of activity based learning and socialisation through sport and recreation. Shawn now leads 15 projects with State Sporting Associations to support greater participation of people with autism


Organisation: Kemp Aquatics

Position: Owner/Manager

Tim is not only a Swim School Director (just down the road in Maffra!) he is a Course Presenter and in a voluntary capacity a Project Manager with Water Safety Vietnam working tirelessly to reduce child drowning in Vietnam

Since 2102 Water Vietnam has trained 681 AUSTSWIM teachers and taught swimming and water safety skills to 4625 children. Understandably they are all very proud of these achievements and as a result Tim is accustomed to teaching larger groups, sometimes really big groups!