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Swim Australia Awards

Swim Australia Award Winners 2017

2017 Coach of the YearDavid Lush
2017 Teacher of the YearKerryn Harber
2017 Outstanding Coaching AchievementDavid Lush
2018 Age Group Coach of the YearDean Boxall
2017 Open Water Coach of the YearMichael Sage
2017 Multi Class Coach of the YearRobert Van der Zant
2017 Masters Coach of the YearPeter Johnston
Meritorious Service to the Teaching of Swimming in AustraliaKylie Hammond
Outstanding Contribution to Swimming in AustraliaVince Raleigh
Life MemberLynn Elliott
Life MemberCarol Gathercole
SwimSAFER - Large SchoolRipples Leisure Centre
SwimSAFER - Medium SchoolHolsworthy Aquatic Centre
SwimSAFER - Small SchoolSplash Swim School
Outstanding Community Service Award - Large SchoolNepean Aquatic
Outstanding Community Service Award - Large SchoolThe Glennie Aquatic
Outstanding Community Service Award - Medium SchoolCrawchy’s Swim School
Outstanding Community Service Award - Small SchoolSunny Skye’s Swimming and Parties
Best Swim School for Marketing, Promotion and Customer ServiceSuperfish Swim School
Best Swim School InnovationParafields Gardens Swim School
SwimECOSeadragonz Swim School
Outstanding Supporters AwardVorgee
Outstanding Supporters AwardKids Alive
Outstanding Supporters AwardDawn Fraser

2017 Australian Open Teams - Coaches Awards

World Championships Budapest 2017
National Head Coach
Jacco Verhaeren
Ron McKeon

World Championships Budapest 2017
Team Coach
Michael Bohl
Dean Boxall
Simon Cusack
Craig Jackson
David Lush
Chris Mooney
Peter Bishop
Richard Scarce
Adam Kable
Scott Talbot
Michael Sage

IPC World Championships Mexico 2017
Team Coach
David Heyden
Yuriy Vdovychenko
Harley Connolly
Nathan Doyle

Swim Australia Award types and criteria

The winners above were presented at the welcome function and the ascta /Swim Australia Dinner on the 5th May 2018 during the ascta / Swim Australia Conference.

The Swim Australia Awards are all about community engagement, best practices and innovation. Award winners will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee based on deserving applicants who meet the criteria.

Swim Australia strongly encourages all applicants to attend the Swim Australia Dinner. Applicants nominations may be used in presentations, Swim Files, at the conference and other opportunities to promote Swim Australia.

The Selection Committee is
  • Gary Toner, Executive Officer Swim Australia
  • Debby Tattoli Swim Australia Advisory Member
  • Nancy Shaw, Swim Australia Advisory Member
  • Hannah Watkins, Swim Australia ACE member

NEW: Three Levels of Recognition / Nomination

A: Small Swim Schools - 500 and under swim lessons per week

B: Medium Swim Schools – 501 to 1500 swim lessons per week

C: Large Swim Schools - over 1500 swim lessons per week

Please indicate on Nomination Form which level of Small, Medium or Large Swim School


1. Outstanding Community Service

2. Best Swim School:

a. Marketing and Promotion and Customer Service
  • Would usually involve one or more of the following:
  • printed material(s) for e.g. newsletter, advertisements, photographs; electronic like website, radio, TV, social media etc.
  • Could relate to an event or campaign
b. Innovation
  • New Initiatives
  • Team building exercises, training and accreditation programs within the Swim Schools. NB: can include training outside of Swim Schools
  • We are open to anything (well, almost)

3. Award for:

a. SwimSAFER (for criteria see 2017 SwimSAFER Promotion Award criteria)

b. SwimSPORT promoting the pathway from learn-to-swim to the sport Supported by Swimming Australia Ltd

c. SwimECO environmental practices at the centre
  • For e.g. installation
  • Innovation of environmentally friendly practices such as
    • Recycling
    • Solar energy
    • Alternative operations wind power
    • Use of shade structures for sun protection
  • Other Eco-friendly practices

4. To Nominate:

  • Each Nomination to be on a separate nomination document please (electronic submission only) via a USB drive or email or dropbox can contain multiple nominations
  • Ensure any photos submitted have permission from parents must be JPEG high quality resolution
  • Nominations CLOSE Friday 30th March 2018
  • YES … you can nominate YOUR Swim School
  • A Nomination Form is available from the Swim Australia Website

Download Swim Australia 2017 Award Nomination Application

Download Swim Australia 2017 Award Criteria

Swim Australia AWARDS 2016

Swim Australia Awards - Awarded 2017 | Gold Coast

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