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Aquatic centre opens at Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Aquatic centre opens at Sunshine Coast Grammar School
April 26, 2018

The recent opening of the Sunshine Coast Grammar School Aquatic Centre has been described as “an impressive asset for the wider Sunshine Coast community” with the facilities available for use by local families and for hire by groups and coaches.

Located in the suburb of Forest Glen, the Centre boasts world-class facilities including a 10-lane, 50 metre FINA-certified, heated swimming pool, an enclosed 15 metre learn-to-swim pool, undercover grandstand seating for 700 visitors, private function area and cafe.

Principal Maria Woods said the state-of-the-art facility would be a valuable investment into the future to enhance learning opportunities for students.

The facility is managed by Aquatic Centre Manager and Head Coach, Luke Stafford.

Before his appointment at Sunshine Coast Grammar School at the end of last year, Stafford spent the previous five years at St Rita’s College in Brisbane in a similar role.

At St Rita’s Luke formed the Acqua Rosa Clayfield Swimming Club, taking it from a Division 3 Brisbane club to Division 1 in just three years. Under Stafford’s guidance, the St Rita’s College Swim Team achieved extensive improvement in its CaSSSA Cup results placing third each year between 2013-2016 and second in 2017.

Prior to his tenure at St Rita’s, Stafford spent five years coaching at Somerville House where he was the Head Coach of the Andrew’s Cup team and the River City Masters Swimming Club, which boasted numerous state and national medalists and record holders.

Stafford also spent seven years at the Queensland Academy of Sport as an Athlete Career and Education Advisor, helping Queensland’s Olympic athletes prepare for life after sport.

At club level Stafford has coached swimmers that have competed at regional, state, national age, national open levels, and was a coach on the Queensland team that travelled to Singapore and Japan for the FINA World Cup events in 2016. 

Images courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

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