I am humbled by this opportunity to become a part of the Sunshine Coast community and can’t wait to share my knowledge and passion for swimming at the amazing new Sunshine Coast Grammar Aquatic Centre
Manager and Head Coach
Before his appointment at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Luke spent 5 years at St Rita’s College in Brisbane in a similar role. At St Rita’s Luke formed the Acqua Rosa Clayfield Swimming Club, taking it from a Division 3 Brisbane club to Division 1 in just three years. Under Luke’s guidance, the St Rita’s College Swim Team has also seen extensive improvement in it’s CaSSSA Cup results placing third each year between 2013-2016 and second in 2017.
Prior to his tenure at St Rita’s, Luke spent 5 years coaching at Somerville House where he was the Head Coach of the Andrew’s Cup team and the River City Masters Swimming Club, which boasted numerous state and national medallists and record holders.
Luke also spent seven years at the Queensland Academy of Sport as an Athlete Career and Education Advisor, helping Queensland’s Olympic athletes prepare for life after sport.
At club level Luke has coached swimmers that have competed at regional, state, national age, national open levels, and was a coach on the Queensland team that travelled to Singapore and Japan for the FINA World Cup events in 2016.
Over the past ten years, Luke has been involved as a Coach or Manager on numerous Brisbane and Queensland swim teams. An elite swimmer himself, making finals at national and world cup events and winning numerous state titles in Queensland and South Australia the swimming arena has always been Luke’s passion.
Luke is a Silver Licensed Swimming Coach and has a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Athletes from Victoria University.
I love being able to make a difference from teaching children about water safety to helping them develop an essential skill set for life.
Learn to Swim Coordinator
Joining Sunshine Coast Grammar School after fourteen years’ experience in the aquatics industry, Kellie specialises in teaching, swim school management and administration.
Along with a strong skill set and passion for teaching children to swim, the move to Sunshine Coast Grammar School provides Kellie with the opportunity to grow and develop the Learn to Swim School and program offerings from the ground up.
Grammar Swim School will teach children from six months through to junior squad level with a strong focus on learning to swim safely, developing technique and skill sets.
Kellie is a passionate advocate for water safety and believes that as a community we need to ensure as many children as possible are participating in Learn to Swim programs.
“Here on the coast we are blessed to be surrounded by beautiful beaches, lakes and rivers and many of us have backyard pools that are a major part of our entertainment, making it essential for children to develop confidence and water safety skills,” said Kellie.
Royal Life Saving Society Australia released the 2016/2017 National Drowning Report in which 45% of drowning deaths of children aged between 0-4 years were in backyard swimming pools.
Raising awareness of the importance of adult supervision around water is one of the key objectives of the Australian Water Safety Strategy to help reduce the incidence of drowning by 50% by 2020.
Kellie urges families to take note of these general guidelines around water:
- Teach children water safety and how to swim
- Never swim alone
- Always have adult visual contact supervision
- Fence the pool and any waterway around the children
- If it’s flooded FORGET IT!
Kellie’s credentials include: AUSTSWIM Assessor; Teacher of Swimming and Safety; Teacher of Access and Inclusion, Teacher of
Infants, Pool Plant Operations and Life Guard.
The Grammar Swim School welcomes families from around the Sunshine Coast. The Grammar Aquatic Centre now also offers a seamless pathway for children looking to develop their skills in squad training right through to state and national swimming pathways.