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Facilitator Profiles

We have a great collection of enthusiastic, experienced swimmers who volunteer as workshop facilitators.

  • Andrew Abood
    • Started swimming at age 6

    • First swim club was Kingscliff

    • Last swim club was Marion

    • Specialised in Sprint Freestyle

    • Greatest achievement is being one of the Top 10 Australians of all time

    • Representative teams: World University Games & Australia A

    • Favourite swimming memory is winning the silver medal in 4x100m Freestyle at the World University Games

    • "I enjoy sharing things I've learned through swimming with the younger generation"

    • Now swims, studies at uni and works part time

  • Katie Goldman
    • Learned to swim at 2

    • First swim club was Knox Swimming Club

    • Last swim club was St Peters Western Swim Club

    • Specialised in 400m and 800m Freestyle

    • Greatest achievement is winning 3x medals at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, California

    • Representative teams: 2010 Pan Pacs, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2010 & 2014 World Short Course Championships, 2011 World Championships, 2013 World University Games, 2014 Australia A Team

    • Favourite swimming memory: "At the 2010 Australian Swimming Championships, turning around to look at the board after the 800m final and seeing that I had just made my first ever open Australian Team. I had always dreamt of representing my country and to see that all my hard work had paid off was the most amazing feeling"

    • Why Katie likes presenting: "As a young swimmer, it was talking to Australian swim team members and hearing about their journey that made me realise my dream of one day representing my country was possible. It was also hearing about their setbacks and how they overcame them that helped me get through my own obstacles over the course of my swimming career. I like presenting BTBL’s as I feel it is my way of sharing my experiences, the high’s and the low’s, and hopefully that will help inspire or help out the next generation of swimming!"

    • Katie is currently studying medicine

  • Meagan Nay
    • Began competitive swimming at age 12

    • First swim club was the Gold Coast North Swim Club

    • Last swim club was the St Peters Western Swim Club

    • Specialised in the 100m and 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle

    • Greatest achievement is being a dual Olympian and double Commonwealth games Gold Medallist

    • Representative teams: Australian Junior Teams 2006-2007 and Australian Senior Teams 2008-2014

    • Favourite swimming memory is traveling, racing in different countries and making new friendships all over the world

    • Meagan likes presenting because she loves educating young girls about everything that goes with competitive swimming and encouraging them to stay motivated, healthy and active. 

    • Is currently a learn to swim teacher and motivational speaker

  • Jade Edmistone
    • Started swimming at age 8

    • First swim club was Wynnum North State School ASC

    • Last swim club was Chandler Swim Club

    • Specialised in 50m & 100m Breaststroke

    • Greatest achievement is being World Champion for 50m in 2005 (long course) and 2006 (short course). Holding the 50m World Record long and short course for 4 years

    • Representative teams: World Short Course 2004, 2006, 2008; World Championships 2005; Commonwealth Games 2006

    • Favourite swimming memory is the 2005 World Championships: winning the 50m Breaststroke in a new World Record on the final day of the competition

    • Likes presenting because "I love sharing my experiences in the hope of helping young swimmers realise they are not alone, there is not ‘one-way’ to get to the top and reach your goals, that there will be tough times along the way but it will be worth it, and not to be scared to ask for help throughout their journey!"

    • "I am a mother of 2 girls, work full time for Swimming Queensland as their Club Development Officer, I have written a book, Fish Out Of Water, about the struggles and difficulties associated with transitioning from elite sport, and founded The ONCORE Academy in which I develop and deliver clinics based on building foundations of core activation, stability, strength, feel, hold and connection in the water"

  • Linley Frame
    • Started swimming competitively at 9 but was taught to swim when little for water safety

    • First swim club was Oakleigh Swimming Club

    • Current swim club is Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club

    • Specialised in 100m & 200m Breaststroke but as a masters swimmer prefers the 50m Breaststroke!

    • Greatest achievement is becoming an Olympian and winning a gold and two silvers at the 1991 World Championships

    • Representative teams: Pan Pac’s 1989, 1991, 1995. World Championships 1991. Olympics 1992. World Short Course Championships 1993, 1995

    • Favourite swimming memory is "winning the World Championships, racing in a purpose built pool for the 1995 World Short Course Championships on Copacabana Beach in Rio and the amazing friends I have made in the sport!"

    • Likes presenting because seeing girls connect with the stories from our elite athletes during the workshop is really special. "I love being able to spend time reassuring athletes that what they are going through and the thoughts they have are normal and it’s all part of the swimming journey."

    • Linley continues to swim, has two teenage children, Izzy & Ethan, and works for Swimming Victoria as their Athlete & Coach Services Coordinator.

  • Hayley Baker

    • Started swimming at age 8

    • First swim club was Collingwood Swimming Club

    • Current swim club is Canberra ASC 

    • Specialises in 100 & 200m backstroke

    • Greatest achievement is competing in the 100m and 200m backstroke finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games 

    • Representative teams: 2009 Trans Tasman, 2010 Junior Pan Pacs, 2013 Australia A Team, 2015 World Championships, 2017 World University Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games 

    • Favourite swimming memory is refreshing my career when I moved to Canberra to join the National Training Centre

    • Likes presenting because she feels Beyond the Black Line helps young people to develop their own voice in a safe space, and lets her give back to the sport that has given her so much. 

    • Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts with a view towards graduate study, while working at the AIS

     

  • Belinda (Bindy) Hocking
    • Started swimming at age 4 and started swimming competitively at age 12

    • First swim club was the Benella Swimming Club

    • Last swim club was the Nunawading Swimming Club

    • Specialised in the 100m & 200m Backstroke

    • Greatest achievement is making it to 3 Olympic Games

    • Representative teams: 2008/2012/2016 Olympics, 2009/2011/2013 World Championships, 2010/2014 Commonwealth Games, 2010/2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2008 World Short Course Championships

    • Favourite swimming memory is "being able to hug and celebrate with my parents on pool deck after winning the 200m Backstroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Cames in Scotland"

    • Belinda is currently studying a Bachelor of Education and working in administration while she completes her degree

  • Matt Abood
    • Started swimming at age 4

    • First swim club was the Kingscliff Swimming Club

    • Last swim club was the Canberra Amateur Swimming Club

    • Specialised in 50m & 100m Freestyle

    • Greatest achievement is being a World Champion and Olympian

    • Representative teams: Australian World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Olympics, 2009-2016

    • Has many favourite swimming memories... "travelling the world with my friends and family, gaining selection for the Olympic Team and winning the World Championships in Shanghai 2011"

    • Likes presenting because he is able to help younger people by sharing his experiences

    • Currently works at the Commonwealth Bank, is treasurer of the Australian Swimmers Association, studying at University and planning the next few years

  • Chris Wright
    • Started swimming at age 7

    • First swim club was the Edmonton Eels

    • Last swim club was Southport Olympic

    • Specialised in the 100m & 200m Butterfly

    • Greatest achievement is being in 2 semi-finals at the London Olympics, Australian Champion in the100m Butterfly at the 2012 Olympic Trials & Australian SC Record for the 200m Butterfly

    • Representative teams: 2012 Olympics, 2010 & 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2009 & 2013 World Championship, 2008 & 2010 World Short Course Championships

    • Favourite swimming memory is representing Australia at London Olympics 2012 and winning the National trials in the 100m Butterfly to qualify for the Olympic team

    • Likes presenting because he gets to pass on information he never got when he was swimming, and help others by sharing his experience

    • Chris is currently a swim coach

  • Jarrod Killey
    • Started swimming at age 5

    • First swim club was the Valentine Torpedos

    • Last swim club was the Hunter Swim Club

    • Specialised in 200mFreestyle

    • Greatest achievement is winning silver 4x200m Freestyle 2012 World Short Course Championships

    • Representative teams: 2009 Junior Pan Pacs, 2010 Oceania Championships and 2011, 2012, 2013 World Championships

    • Favourite swimming memory is being selected onto my first senior team in 2011

    • Likes presenting because he feels Beyond the Black Line is an important program to help educate swimmers and give them the opportunity to speak to someone who has been down the path of an elite athlete

    • Jarrod is currently finishing his university degree, working as an accountant, and spending time traveling, surfing and snowboarding

  • Bronte Barratt
    • Started swimming at age 5

    • First swim club was the Samford Stingrays

    • Last swim club was St Peters Western

    • Specialised in 200m & 400m Freestyle

    • Greatest achievement is winning Olympic Medals (Gold - Beijing 2008, Silver & Bronze - London 2012 & Silver - Rio)

    • Representative teams: Olympics - Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Commonwealth Games - Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014, World Championships- Montreal 2005, Melbourne 2007, Rome 2009, Shanghai 2011, Barcelona 2013, Kazan 2015, World Short Course - Shanghai 2006, Manchester 2008, Pan Pac’s - Victoria 2006, Irvine 2010, Gold Coast 2014

    • Favourite swimming memory is finishing my last race in Rio with a Personal Best

    • Why Bronte likes presenting: "I like having an open and honest conversation with younger girls and for them to realise that no matter what level you swim at, everyone goes through the same types of issues. I like hearing their stories."

    • Bronte is in her last semester of uni, studying to be a Radiographer

  • Kenrick Monk
    • Started swimming at age 2, had first race at age 4

    • First swim club was Black town City

    • Last swim club was St Peters Western

    • Specialised in 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle

    • Greatest achievement is winning Gold in the 2008 World Championships SC and also breaking the world record in the 4 x 200m Freestyle

    • Representative teams: 2006, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2007, 2009 World Championships, 2008 World SC Championships, 2008, 2012 Olympics Games

    • Favourite swimming memory is being a part of the 2007 World Championships.

    • Kenrick likes to present so that he can let kids know that swimming is not a bubble sport - encouraging and teaching young swimmers to have a balanced life.

    • Kenrick is currently coaching at Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club

  • Madison Wilson
    • Started swimming at 6 months

    • First swim club was the Yeppoon Sharks

    • Last swim club was Bond University

    • Specialises in 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke

    • Greatest achievement is winning Silver in the 2015 World Championships 100m Backstroke and Gold in the 2016 Olympic Games 4x100m Freestyle Relay

    • Representative teams: Australian Junior Teams from 2010 - 2013, 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 World Championships, 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2017 World Championships

    • "My favourite memory is swimming in local carnivals as a kid, where my parents would drive me an my sisters 8 hours in the car to swim in local towns"

    • "I love presenting because I feel such a connection with these young girls and know how much I would have appreciated this when I was young. I also feel like every time I present I learn more and more about myself through sharing"

    • Madison is still swimming and training hard for the next big adventure

  • Josh Beaver
    • Started swimming at age 8

    • First swim club was the Casey Tigershark Swimming Club

    • Last swim club was the Ivanhoe Swimming Club

    • Specialises in the 100m & 200m Backstroke

    • Greatest achievement is being a 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games triple medallist

    • Representative teams: 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2015 World Swimming Championships, 2016 Rio Olympic Games

    • Favourite swimming memory is watching the Sydney 2000 4x100m Freestyle relay

    • Josh likes to present because he enjoys getting involved and having fun with the swimming community: "giving back, sharing experiences and sharing advice picked up over the many years of being an athlete"

    • Josh is currently preparing for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

  • Sally Hunter nee Foster
    • Started swimming at about 6 months of age

    • First swim club was Central Aquatic swimming and Lifesaving Club in Western Australia

    • Last swim club was Marion Swimming Club South Australia

    • Specialised in Breaststroke and Freestyle

    • Her greatest achievement was "doing what I love for as long as I wanted!! Not as long as some others wanted me to do it"

    • Representative teams: Commonwealth Games 2006 Melbourne, World Championships Melbourne 2007, Olympic Games Beijing 2008, World Championships Rome 2009, Pan Pacific Games Santiago 2010, World Championships Shanghai 2011, Olympic Games London 2012, World Champs 2013, Commonwealth Games 2014 Glasgow

    • Favorite swimming memory is walking out for the first time in Green and Gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games a in Melbourne and winning a silver medal with my best friend Alicia Coutts and two other incredible women and athletes Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebomb in the women’s 4x100 meter Medley Relay at the 2013 World championships in Barcelona

    • Likes presenting because "I love sharing my story with others and hopefully helping them open up and achieve what they want to in our amazing sport. I love mentoring kids and letting them know they are not alone in what they are going through and that we are here to help"

    • Sally is the National Age and State squad swimming Coach at the Marion Swimming Club in South Australia but about to take 6 months off on Maternity leave and hopes to be back coaching in May next year(2018)!