2017/18 asctaQLD Awards

Click here for a list of Coaches who’s athletes achieved
an Australian Record or higher in the 2017/18 Season

Coach of the Year

David Lush (Brisbane Grammar)

Coach of the Year (Open Water)

Chris Nesbit (TSS Aquatic)

Coach of the Year (Swimmer with Disability)

Harley Connolly (Lawnton)

Outstanding Achievements

World Championships

Michael Bohl OAM (St Peters Western)

Commonwealth Games

Glenn Baker (Southport Olympic)

Michael Bohl OAM (Griffith University)

Dean Boxall (St Peters Western)

Ashley Callus (Somerset GC)

Simon Cusack (Chandler)

Nathan Doyle (USC Spartans)

Rob Hindmarsh (Chandler)

Chris Nesbit (TSS Aquatic)

Vince Raleigh (Chandler)

Michael Sage (Kawana Waters)

Richard Scarce (Bond)

Australian Championships Club Coach of the Championships

Commonwealth Games Trials

Dean Boxall (St Peters Western)

Pan Pacs Trials

Nathan Doyle (USC Spartans)

Australian Championships Coach of Qld Athlete of the Championships

Commonwealth Games Trials

Dean Boxall (St Peters Western)

Pan Pacs Trials

Rob Van Der Zant (Yeronga Park)

Australian Age Championships Age-Group Coach of the Championships

Dean Boxall (St Peters Western)

Nathan Doyle (USC Spartans)

Australian Age Championships Coach of Qld Athlete of the Championships

Ken Sabotic (All Saints Gold Coast)

Liam Du Feu (TSS Aquatic)

Age Champion Coaches

Alex Beaver (Miami)

Justin Bell (Rackley)

Dean Boxall (St Peters Western)

Michael Bromley (Commercial)

Harley Connolly (Lawnton)

Nathan Doyle (USC Spartans)

Liam Du Feu (TSS Aquatic)

Sean Eels (Southport Olympic)

John Gatfield (St Peters Western)

David Heyden (UQ)

Damien Jones (Rackley)

Shane Kingston (Rocky City)

Michael Lewandowski (Acacia Bayside)

Richard McLean (Toowoomba Grammar)

Bob Miller (Newmarket Racers)

Steve Miller (Newmarket Racers)

Chris Nesbit (TSS Aquatic)

Janelle Pallister (Alexandra Headland)

David Proud (Nudgee College)

Vince Raleigh (Chandler)

Raelene Ryan (Miami)

Ken Sabotic (All Saints GC)

Michael Sage (Kawana Waters)

Paul Sansby (Waterworx)

Guilly Santos (Brisbane Jets)

Richard Scarce (Bond)

Paul Simms (Fairymead)

Richard Sleight (Albany Creek)

Lachlan Staples (Southside Aquatics)

David Thomas (TSS Aquatic)

Rob Van Der Zant (Yeronga Park)

Chris Wright (Griffith University)

Qld Championships ‘Bronze Licence’ Coach of the Championship

David Thomas (TSS Aquatic)

Qld Championships ‘Bronze Licence’ Coach of Qld Athlete of the Championships

David Thomas (TSS Aquatic)

Qld JX Club of the Year

Rackley Swim Team

Justin Bell

Zane King

Matthew Nguyen

Alessandro Mariani

Mackenzie Speechley

Qld Regional Association JX Club of the Year

Central Qld – Gladstone Gladiators

Terry Fellows

Tom Fronek

Darling Downs – Toowoomba Grammar

Richard McLean

Tamara Quinn

Darren Stewart

Far North Qld – Central Cairns

Andrew Howard

Michael Howard

Lei Tutu

Gold Coast – Miami

Alex Beaver

Steve Clark

Nina Hurd

Raelene Ryan

North Qld – Gardens

Matt Harrison

Cameron Keith

Holly Sanderson

Wide Bay – Pelican Waters Caloundra

Naomi Harris

John Wallace

Qld JX Pro-rata Club of the Year

Wellington Point

Ben Ingersole

Brad Merson

Development Program Support

Paul Simms (Fairymead)

Coaches Coach Award

Mark Erickson (Cannonvale)

Tom Fronek (Gladstone)

Carrie Hills (Atherton)

Gail Smail (Stanthorpe)

Swim Australia Teacher of the Year

Skye Bond

Sharon Bryant

Emerging National Championships Coach (OWS)

Damien Jones (Rackley)

John Rodgers (Noosa)

Rob Van Der Zant (Yeronga Park)

Emerging National Championships Coach (SWD)

Liam Du Feu (TSS Aquatic)

Brian Glass (Carina Leagues CJ’s)

Emerging Age Championships Coach

John Gatfield (St Peters Western)

Bobby Jovanovich (Brisbane Grammar)

Morgan Knabe (Healthstream)

Michael Lewandowski (Acacia Bayside)

Kyle Samuelson (Bond)

Luke Stafford (Sunshine Coast Grammar)

Chris Wright (Griffith University)

Emerging Age Championships Coach (SWD)

Alex Beaver (Miami)

Liam Du Feu (TSS Aquatic)

Erin McCarthy (Southport Olympic)

Guilly Santos (Brisbane Jets)

Emerging Age Championships Coach (OWS)

Elisha Hunt (Indooroopilly)

Damien Jones (Rackley)

Alberto Lantieri (Yeronga Park)

Richard McLean (Toowoomba Grammar)

Vince Raleigh (Chandler)

Lachlan Staples (Southside Aquatics)

National Senior Team Coach

David Heyden (UQ)

Coach of a Swimmer on a National Senior Team

Damien Jones (Rackley)

Michael Sage (Kawana Waters)

National Junior Team Coach & Coach of a Swimmer Selected on National Junior Team

Janelle Pallister (Alexandra Headland)

Coach of a Swimmer on a National Junior Team

Michael Bromley (Commercial)

Qld Team Coach

Justin Bell (Rackley)

Bobby Jovanovich (Brisbane Grammar)

2017/18 Season Australian Records

Congratulations the Queensland Coaches who coached a swimmer/s to an Australian Record or higher during the 2017/2018 season

ANDREW HOWARD

BRENDAN KEOGH

CHRIS MOONEY

CHRIS NESBIT

COL CRESSER

DAVID HEYDEN

DAVID LUSH

DEAN BOXALL

GLENN BAKER

HARLEY CONNOLLY

JANELLE PALLISTER

KEN SABOTIC

MARCUS ELDER

MICHAEL BOHL

MICHAEL SAGE

NATHAN DOYLE

ROB HINDMARSH

ROB VAN DER ZANT

SIMON CUSACK

 

 

2016/17 Season Australian Records

Congratulations the Queensland Coaches who coached a swimmer/s to an Australian Record or higher during the 2016/2017 season

ANDREW HOWARD

ASHLEY CALLUS

CHRIS MOONEY

CHRIS NESBIT

COL CRESSER

DAVID HEYDEN

DAVID LUSH

DEAN BOXALL

GAIL WALKER

GRAEME MCDONALD

HARLEY CONNOLLY

JAN CAMERON

JANELLE PALLISTER

JEREMY WARDROP

KEN SABOTIC

MARCUS ELDER

MICHAEL BOHL

MICHAEL SAGE

NATHAN DOYLE

RICHARD SCARCE

ROB HINDMARSH

ROB VAN DER ZANT

SHAUN CROW

SIMON CUSACK

STEVE CRITOPH

TOM FRONEK

RIP Ken Wood

Ken Wood, Master Swim Coach who forged the careers of some of Australia’s greatest Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Champions has died in Brisbane, after a short illness. He was 88.

The swimming and coaching fraternity is in mourning, remembering not only a great coach, with an eye for a champion but also “the funny man” who will be remembered for putting a smile on the faces of all who knew him.

The coaching raconteur and poolside comic who had that rare knack of producing countless champions and nurturing them all to greatness – names like Geoff Huegill, Leisel Jones and Jessicah Schipper to name but a few of the hundreds of swimmers who came through the Ken Wood swim schools – spanning over almost five decades and so many out of Redcliffe Leagues-Lawnton.

There was a continual production line of Ken Wood coached swimmers who made Australian teams for almost 50 years – all products of the Melbourne-born Wood who became known to fellow coaches as “Dr Woo” and who had quite a remarkable sporting career before swimming became his life.

The former used car salesman and Sydney cab driver, who actually played in the VFL for Footscray, was a first grade cricketer for North Sydney and Cairns, who was also a patrol captain and champion surf boat rower and lifesaver with Warriewood SLSC on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

When he arrived at the MCG to watch the 2000 AFL Grand Final as a member of the Sydney Olympic team he turned to those in earshot and said, proudly…”I played here…several times for the old Footscray.”

He turned his hand to swim coaching in Gordonvale, North Queensland in 1967 and became successful almost immediately, particularly with female freestyle sprinters.

During a celebrated career Wood served on seven Olympic campaigns from 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing and finally 2012 in London.

He also coached swimmers on Commonwealth Games teams from 1974 in Christchurch, 1982 in Brisbane, 1986 in Edinburgh, 1990 in Auckland, 1994 in Victoria, 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, 2002 in Manchester and 2006 in Melbourne.

As well as countless World Championship and Pan Pac Teams – became a life member of Swimming Queensland, the Australian Swimmers, Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) Queensland and ASCTA.

Among the first success stories were 1976 Montreal Olympian Lesleigh Harvey and 1984 Los Angeles bronze medallist Michelle Pearson and Fiona Moore, who swam the 1979 World Cup and Coca Cola Meet in London.

He also put Julie Pugh and Jackie Grant on the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Team.

Wood was also an assistant coach on the AIS Swim Team between 1982 and 1984 before being appointed as head coach of the St Bernadette’s Swim Team in Brisbane.

While at the AIS Ken made several overseas tours with teams and was on the coaching staff if the Australian Team for the 1979 FINA World Cup and the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games.

He was also head coach of the AIS Development Tours of USA and China in 1980 and 1981 and 1985 Commonwealth Games development tour of Holland and France.

Australian Swimming And Coaches Association president Tony Shaw has paid tribute to Wood saying “he was a giant among Australia’s coaching fraternity and an amazing personality…who kept coaching right till the end.

“Coaching was his life and he was one of our greatest –“a career that spanned almost 50 years – including a whopping seven Olympic campaigns with some of our greatest ever under his wing – names like Geoff Huegill, Leisel Jones, Rebecca Creedy, Tarnee White, Kylie Palmer, Mel Gorman, Trudee Hutchinson, to name just a few,” said Shaw.

“He was a Master Coach – alongside such names as Forbes and Ursula Carlile MBE, Harry Gallagher OAM, Terry Buck, Terry Gathercole AM, Joe King, Laurie Lawrence, Bill Sweetenham, John Carew and Don Talbot.

“He was an original Coaches Association board member who was very active in our coaching ranks – a man who certainly left his mark on swim coaching in Australia.

“I remember he sidled up to me at the height of Huegill’s career and said ‘have a look at this kid…he’ll push 50m butterfly in this many strokes and he nominated the time and he was spot on every time.”

Olympic legend Dawn Fraser and ASCTA Life Member Lynn Elliott were among the last people to visit the ailing Wood just three weeks ago during the ASCTA Conference.

“He was just happy to see us and we tried to put a smile on his face, just as he had done to so many of us over his career,” said Fraser.

“Ken was a legendary coach, and he will be a huge loss to the coaching community, it was nice to say our goodbyes and remember the good times.”

Elliott said he was the kind of character who lit up the pool deck every time he arrived at the pool.

“He was the first one to whisper a joke in your ear every morning who always made you laugh and that’s what we want to remember him by,” said Elliott.

“Ken was an amazing coach and a funny man to boot who did such an incredible job for so long…a great character who we will never forget.

“We all have so many memories of ‘the funny man’ who had a story for everyone.

“I remember he came home from the 1995 Pan Pacs in Atlanta with printed t-shirts for his entire squad with artwork and a caption which said: “If you can’t run with the big dogs then stay under the porch.

“His swimmers proudly paraded them at the Australian Championships – it was all about hard work but fun for the team and winning that point-score for Ken’s group.

“I’m sure there will be the who’s who of coaches who will come and pay their respects to Ken.”

Huegill has often said he owes his life to Wood, who took him in at age 12 and raised him when his father died of a heart attack.

“Ken was like a second father to me,” said Huegill, “I owe him so much. He made me who I am today.”

Wood would often describe Huegill’s butterfly as being “the perfect stroke” and it was the Olympic team of 2000 that saw Huegill, Jones and Tarnee White mixing it with the best in the world.

Huegill was one of his real success stories, winning Olympic silver and bronze in Sydney and a swag of World Championship, Pan Pacific and Commonwealth Games medals.

Huegill and Jones would go on to forge amazing careers – Jones was just 14 when she made the first of four Olympic teams – to become one of the legends of Australian swimming – winning a total of 42 international championship medals –21 of them gold.

And it all began with an equally legendary coach known fondly as Ken, a man who will always be remembered for not only his production line of champions but for his ability to make you laugh and smile.

2018 asctaQLD Conference

2018 asctaQLD Conference
13-14 October 2018
Day 1: Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly.
Day 2: Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane

asctaQLD invites all teachers and coaches to register for the 2018 asctaQLD Conference.

Please click below for more information.

2018 ASCTA QLD Conference Program

Bronze License Course – Saturday 13 October

Swim Australia Teacher Course – Sunday 14 October

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