Sunday, 21 May 2017 from 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Kew, Australia




Organisation: AUSTSWIM

Position: Presenter

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.
Marias’ aquatic career has developed and now has delight in her role as an AUSTSWIM Presenter. Maria is able to pass on her passion, which is TEACHING and educating swimming and water safety for all.
Maria’s skill, knowledge and passion has been recognised by numerous awards over the years including, Victoria’s Award of Teacher of Access and Inclusion, National Teacher of Infant and Pre School Aquatics and Community Disability …..
Maria strongly believes that EVERYONE has the right to reach their full potential in life as well as the aquatic environment 


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.


Organisation: AUSTSWIM

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.


Position: Exercise Physiologist & Educator

Dr Tanya Cates is a well respected Exercise Physiologist and educator within the physical health and wellness industries. She has a unique combination of expertise knowledge and practical skill. Tanya shares these skills nationally and internationally delivering bespoke workshops to practitioners and pre-service teachers.

Within her work Tanya integrates a Doctorate investigating ‘Engagement’ in physical activity, a Bachelor of Education (physical education), various fitness industry qualifications and a Diploma of Pilates.

Tanya is dedicated to the evolution of the fitness industry and by studying the current context of learning, she has discovered ways of connecting and interacting with students and clients presenting content with her infectious enthusiasm, vibrancy and sparkle.

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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.
Ariane will share the journey Monash University has taken in developing and implementing the Water Wise program for Monash University students. This includes the motivating factors, identifying the audience, obtaining funding, training staff, enhancing centre culture and utilising off peak times. 

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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.


Organisation: Acquapole®

The Newest Challenge in Aqua Fitness is here! For the first time Acquapole® has come to Australia.
Acquapole® is not simply a pole in the water. Developed by an Italian sports physiologist, the innovation of the Acquapole® allows maximum freedom of movement, playing with water resistance. The Acquapole® program includes various protocols including postural techniques, rehabilitation, toning and choreographic routines. Each position has been designed to use the water resistance in an innovative way allowing you to create maximum movement and a killer core! 


Organisation: YMCA

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.
Cindy has presented at the YMCA National Aquatics Forum in 2014, and also at the Austswim Victoria Regional Stream PD session in 2014.


Organisation: AUSTSWIM

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.

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: 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.

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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.