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

St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, Traralgon, Australia



Organisation: Ford Swim Centre


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 


Cate Chaiyot (Team Leader), Centre for Multicultural Youth, Gippsland , with members of the Multicultural Youth Advisory Group.
With offices in Ballarat, Carlton, Dandenong, Morwell and Sunshine, CMY serve some of the most diverse and fastest growing areas in Victoria. Through a combination of specialist support, training, research and advocacy, CMY works to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home.
Cate Chaiyot has worked with young people for fifteen years and has completed post-graduate studies in Adolescent Health and Welfare and Secondary Education. Cate has a strong commitment to bettering the lives of young people , and believes that this can be achieved through providing real and meaningful opportunities for young people to feel truly empowered, recognised and listened to. Cate has spent six years working with young people from multicultural backgrounds, both in Gippsland and Melbourne’s South East.
The CMY Multicultural Youth Advisory Group (MYAG), is made up of multicultural young people from the Latrobe Valley who want their voices heard and to contribute to the local community and wider society. The MYAG also serves as the ‘eyes and ears’ for CMY Gippsland, providing true insight and perspective on the real issues facing multicultural young people in Gippsland, ensuring that the work CMY Gippsland undertakes is meaningful and relevant.


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: Kemp Aquatics

Position: Owner/Manager

Tim is currently manager of Kemp Aquatics, a rural swim school in Maffra and Austswim Presenter.Tim’s aquatic experiences include: Vicswim Regional co-ordinator for Gippsland, Austswim Presenter for the last 18 years and has taught swimming and co-ordinated his swim school since 1998. Tim also volunteers his time in Vietnam each year presenting Austswim courses to University students and facilitating swimming programs to underprivileged Vietnamese children. Tim has been awarded Austswim Victoria Presenter of the Year 2015

Organisation: DHHS