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Swim coaches one step ahead

Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

The Silver City Swim Club was proudly represented by two club coaches, Ricky Shore and Joanne McCarron, at the 2015 Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) Convention.

Held on the Gold Coast, the week-long event is highly regarded as the best swimming conference in the world.

The ASCTA convention boasts a line-up of national and international coaches and teachers presenting on a broad range of topics and providing a wealth of knowledge, along with trade exhibitors and a comprehensive range of networking and social activities.

Numerous accredited courses are complimented by specialist strand presentations including pool management, learn-to-swim and water safety teaching, and high performance swimming and coaching.

Stroke demonstrators this year included current World Championship swimmers Kylie Palmer, Talyor McKeown, Leah Neal and Jake Packard.

Both local coaches took the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the world’s best swimming coaches including Doug Frost, Olympic and World Champion Coach of Ian Thorpe, and Bill Sweetenham AM, five times Olympic Head National Coach.

SCSC coach Joanne McCarron was awarded a Women in Swimming Rural Coaching Scholarship by Swimming Australia to attend the bronze coaching accreditation course at the convention. Joanne’s successful scholarship was credited to her aptitude and commitment to swimming coaching.

The SCSC will now have four fully accredited bronze licence coaches, with head coach Ricky Shore having also undertaken the theory sessions for the silver level licence.

The club caters for learn-to-swim through to fitness and on to competitive swimming levels.

It has a proven track record for producing swimmers to qualify and compete at the Australian National Age and Open Championships for the past eight years, and seeks to continue that tradition.

“The ASCTA convention is the ultimate opportunity for coaches to gain leading edge knowledge and keep up to date with the latest trends in swimming and coaching. Rick and Joanne’s attendance will definitely benefit the Silver City Swim Club and the development of all its swimmers,” said SCSC President Peter Oldsen.

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