An aquatic educator for the past 26 years, Maria Burn brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the area of Adults, Infants and Pre-schoolers, school groups and her expertise, participants with unique functional and intellectual challenges.
Sophie is a Sports Physiotherapist and completed her B Physio (Hons) and Master (Sports Physiotherapy) at the University of Melbourne and a certificate in Hydrotherapy from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (UK). She was a Churchill Fellow in 2008 and travelled overseas for a project based in aquatic physiotherapy and chronic disease. Sophie is currently completing a PHD on the biomechanics of aquatic exercise. Sophie works at the Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre and coordinates the aquatic physiotherapy teaching at Monash University. She is the Australian Physiotherapy Assoication Aquatics Physiotherapy group representative to the WCPT network Aquatic Physical Therapy International. Sophie has taught courses and been a keynote speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas. Her research background includes a randomised controlled trial in aquatic physiotherapy in hip and knee osteoarthritis, core stability in water polo players, analysis of movement in water and strength outcomes following aquatic exercise. Sophie worked at the Carlton Football Club in aquatic recovery and rehabilitation from 2009-2012 including a trial in aquatic physiotherapy versus contrast immersion and underwater treadmills in recovery.
Brenda Davies has been passionately involved in the Aquatics industry for the past twelve years. She has been a presenter for AUSTSWIM for the past six year and is currently a trainer with Life Saving Victoria. Brenda's aquatic experiences include Swim Teaching, Aquatic Programs Supervisor and Pool Lifeguard. Brenda also ran her own swim school for 3 years. Swim teacher and water safety are her two favourite passions.
Susan Mothershaw has been involved in the aquatic industry for over 20 years. Susan is the owner/director of Swimming with Excellence. Experience includes AUSTSWIM Presenter, Conference Presenter of numerous topics at State, National and International Conferences as well as being a Coach, Swim Teacher and Manager. Come along to discuss and learn Better Breastroke Techniques and Tips.
Organisation: AUSTSWIM and Active Monash
Position: Administration & Trainee Presenter, and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety and Infants and Preschool Aquatics
As an aquatic educator for the past 15 Years, Jess brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the area of Infants and Pre-schoolers, and Program Management. Jess' aquatic career has developed from Teach to Manager and now has transitioned to explore her role with the AUSTSWIM team. Jess is able to pass on her passion, which is TEACHING and education swimming and water safety for any age or ability.
Jan Williams is a retired Primary School PE teacher. She has been an AUSTSWIM Presenter since the nineties. She is passionate about water safety and currently trains swimming teachers in Vietnam.
Welcome to ''Lesson Planning ugh, why bother'' which will be facilitated by Simon Griffin and Kirsten Kruse. Simone has been involved in the aquatic industry for over 25 years. Simone teaches swimming and presents AUSTSWIM course and workshops, she is also involved in training and assessing CPR, Provide First Aid and Pool Lifeguard. Kirsten is AUSTSWIM's Aquatic Education and Partnerships Specialist for Victoria and Tasmania. Kirsten's aquatic experiences include varying teaching and coaching roles, YMCA Aquatic Director, tertiary sessional lecturer and AUSTSWIM presenter.
Organisation: Purple Soup
Tim loves sharing adventure with young people and believes in the magic of Adventure Based Experiential Learning (ABEL) in a camp environment. He began focusing his career specifically on working with children living with a chronic or life threatening illness in 1992.
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Organisation: Monash Sport
Position: Aquatic Programs Coordinator
Ariane has been involved in the aquatic industry for the past 18 years in numerous roles and she is currently the Aquatics Program Co-ordinator at Monash University.
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Combining her unique blend of energy and enthusiasm, Stacey promotes wellness for every age and stage of life. As the Director of Freedom Health & Wellness, Stacey connects with people of all ages, cultures and demographics. She is a popular and well-regarded fitness professional and presenter who has been involved in the fitness industry for 15 years.
The Newest Challenge in Aqua Fitness is here! For the first time Acquapole® has come to Australia.
Cindy Smith has been in the industry for over 20 years and been with the YMCA for 18 years. During her time in the industry Cindy has taught hundreds of children the life skill of swimming and water safety education. Some of these children have gone on to become state and national swimmers, with one of her previous students competing at the 2014 commonwealth games where he received 3 medals for Australia. Cindy is currently the Aquatic Programs Director at YMCA Casey RACE. Casey RACE has a Learn to Swim program of over 3900 students.
Position: AUSTSWIM 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.
Organisation: PARC - Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Position: Swim Manager
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.
Naomi Ling, PhD is a presenter with over 10 years experience in teaching aqua. Naomi is an accomplished martial artist and is known for her energetic, fun and loud instructing style. In the past, she has lectured and examined group exercise and Aqua leader module. She has also written article for Network Australia and mentored new instructors.
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