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Swim Australia elects inaugural Board of management

Swim Australia elects inaugural Board of management
August 26, 2016

Swim Australia has announced the election of its inaugural Board of Management.

After a period of change in the representation of the learn-to-swim sector, the key aims of the Swim Australia Board will be to:

• Develop strategies to represent the best interests for the Swim School members. 
• Have input into Swim Australia Education courses and opportunities to build the swim teacher skills and management skills throughout Australia. 
• Mentor and provide advice and advocacy for Swim School Members. 
• Provide leadership and representation to Swim Schools regarding industry best practice for Swim School development pathways and initiatives. 
• Provide Expert recommendations to the industry and Swim Australia staff.
• Provide input into other areas of expertise that will provide added value to the Swim Schools Membership of Swim Australia

Collectively the board brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as representatives of Swim Schools and the aquatic industry.

The identities elected to the Swim Australia Board are:

Christian Urry, Managing Director of State Swim in Western Australia, South Australian and Victoria.


Urry currently overseas 12 swim schools and is about to open two additionals schools.

Jonathon Russell, Chief Financial Officer, Paul Sadler Swimland, Victoria.


Russell has 24 years experience in banking and financial services, sales, accounting, taxation, management, mentoring, compliance and practice management and, over the past seven years, has added the management of swim schools and experience in all facets of the learn-to-swim industry to his skills.

Sally McKitrick, Aquatic Centre Coordinator, Genesis Aquatic Centre, Queensland

McKitrick has been teaching and managing Swim school facilities for over 20 years, and is a Swim Australia presenter and article writer.

Simon Watkins, Director of Swimming, MLC School, NSW 


A native of Wales, where he had managed swim schools and was Swimming Development Officer before moving to Australia, Watkins is a regular contributor on swimming for the ASCTA journal.

Nancy Shaw, Owner, Holsworthy Aquatic Swim School, NSW


Shaw has been a member of Swim Australia since 1997, presented at numerous conferences and part of many special interest groups. She has been heavily involved with the Fitness Industry Award input for swim schools and an advocate for the industry.

To support the board are the newly formed ACEs groups (Aquatic Community Experts) with over 25 industry and swim schools who will provide input in their specialty areas such as disability, inclusion, business, tots, small swim schools and others.

The Swim Australia board will hold its inaugural meeting 21st September to outline its strategic plan for its 400 plus Swim School members.

Commenting on the newly elected Board, Swim Australia General Manager Gary Toner stated “this is an exciting time for Swim Australia, being part of the process of the first board for Swim Australia with such outstanding individuals.

“We all look forward to ensuring the highest quality of representation for swim schools around Australia and the world. With many topics on the table for learn-to-swim and water safety, the next 12 months will be a great opportunity for member input into the industry."

For more information go to www.swimaustralia.org.au

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