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Our Coaches

John Wallace

HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

John trained under Roy Holland and Laurie Lawrence and developed a love for teaching swimming at all levels. Since beginning in 1982 as coach of the Caloundra Swim Club (now PWCSC), John has coached Olympic, Paralympic swimmers, Age and Open National medalists. His passion and desire to make each swimmer reach their potential led him in many directions within the swimming world. To this day his enthusiasm has not waned and he has developed strong junior and high performance squads.

RECENT COACHING/LECTURE EXPERIENCE
  • 2000-present: Coach for many QAS development squads travelling nationally and internationally
  • 2015 – Australian Swim Team Coach for World Championships ‘Kazan, Russia’
  • 2011 - Australian Swim Team Coach for World University Games – China
  • 2010 – Selected World Short Course Team Coach
  • QAS Regional Development Coach – visiting regional centres for coaching clinics
  • Coach of many National and International Swimmers including 2010 & 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic representative
  • 2012 - Head Coach – SQ “Road to Rio” Super Camp
  • 2000-2010: Co-ordinated and presented at the Queensland Branch of the Australian Swim Coaches & Teachers Association for over 10 years
  • Keynote Speaker at the Australian Swim Coach & Teachers Conferences
 CURRENT OPEN AUSTRALIAN TEAM MEMBER
 TESSA WALLACE:
  • Member of Australian 2015 World Championship Team
  • Member of Australian 2014 Commonwealth Games Team
  • Member of Australian 2012 Olympic Team
  • Silver Medallist 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Member of Australian 2010 Pan Pacs & Jnr Pan Pacs Team
  • Selected 2010 World S/C Team
  • Selected 2011 World Uni Games
  • QAS Development Squads to Guam, China and France
  • Multi Qld and Australian Age and Open Medallist
PREVIOUS OPEN AUSTRALIAN TEAM MEMBERS
  • Jeff Hardy – Gold Medal 2000 Paralympic Games
  • Nicole Irving – Silver Medallist 2002 Commonwealth Games
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Joshua Harris

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACH

Josh began his coaching journey with our Marlins in 1999, was head coach of PWCSC for 2 years, and after a lengthy break away from the Coast, returned in 2013 to become John's assistant coach. His love for swimming extends far beyond the racing aspect of the sport. He believes the lessons learnt from a swimmers life holds the athletes in good stead for a bright future out of the pool. Josh has coached a number of State medalists and Age National finalists in his time as a coach.

  • ASCTA Silver License Coach
  • Wide Bay JX Coach of the year; 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17

"Making my swimmers go fast motivates me every day and makes the early mornings and long weekends so worthwhile, however it is the Athletes in our program that truly inspire me, their commitment to being the best they can be is amazing! My love for swimming extends far beyond the racing aspect of our sport. The lessons learnt from a swimmers life holds the athletes in really good stead for a bright future out of the pool. The real joy and my ultimate satisfaction as a coach comes from the adults that swimming can produce. Swimming is so much more than a sport, it becomes a lifestyle and the character forged from a swimmers life is the real prize. And it’s a prize worth far more than any medal ever will be."

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Naomi Harris

STATE DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACH

Naomi's passion for swimming began over 30 years ago when she joined Caloundra Swimming Club and began training under John Wallace. As a young swimmer, she won many state and national medals, and also had the chance to train under Olympic coach Michael Bohl. Now a coach herself, she has the privilege of guiding her own swimmers towards state and national achievements. She believes swimming is a sport for life and the friendships and lessons that develop are something that they will remember and cherish forever.

  • ASCTA Bronze Level Coach
  • Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes
  • Wide Bay JX Regional Coach of the year 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ASADA Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate
  • Community Coaching Certificate
  • PBTR Harassment and Coaching Certificate

"My passion for swimming began over 30 years ago when I joined the Caloundra Swimming Club and began training under the guidance of coach John Wallace. As a swimmer I won many state and national medals which were recognised on the John Wallace honour board, and now as a coach it has been my privilege to have my swimmers recognised for their own state and national achievements on the very same board. From Caloundra I moved to one of Australia's biggest and most successful swimming clubs St Peters Western and trained under the guidance of Olympic coach Michael Bohl."

"The experience of training under the guidance of such enthusiastic and inspiring coaches such as John and Michael who represent the best in our sport has been an invaluable asset in shaping my own coaching style. Swimming is in my blood and I love to inspire my swimmers to believe in themselves, and unlock their individual potential. I love to encourage my swimmers to challenge themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving, dare to believe in themselves, dream big, and ensure that they are putting in their best effort everyday. My coaching motto is Inspire, Believe, Achieve."

"Swimming is more than a sport and it's lessons extend far beyond the black line of the pool, confidence, self belief, leadership, respect for self and others, team work, work ethic, discipline, humility, perseverance, resilience, patience, time management and character are just some of the invaluable life lessons that can be developed in the right training environment. Swimming is a sport for life and the friendships and lessons that are developed during a swimmers time in my squads are something that I hope they will remember and cherish forever."

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Suzy Toner

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACH & ADULT SQUAD COACH

Suzy grew up in the USA and was awarded a year long fellowship to study swimming around the world after graduating from university. She spent time in 7 different countries, where she lived with swimming families and worked as a assistant coach. Suzy has coordinated swimming programs in Australia and USA with her husband and fellow swim coach Gary Toner. She enjoys the "teaching" part of coaching, and specialises in transitioning young swimmers from learn to swim to squad level. Suzy is also our Adult Squad Coach.

  • ASCTA Silver Level Coach
  • Swim Australia Teacher of Swimming

"I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I swam, ran cross country and track throughout high school and university, and was awarded a year long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study swimming around the world after graduating from uni - traveling to 7 different countries (New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Germany, and England) where I lived with swimming families and worked as a assistant coach visiting over 40 different swimming clubs/programs."

"After coaching full time a year in Atlanta, I returned to Australia to coach and married Aussie swim coach Gary Toner. Together we managed Gosford Olympic pool on Central Coast NSW running programs from babies to a high performance squad. In 2000, we took an opportunity to move to America where we have been (Cincinnati, Ohio) for the last 15 years running swimming pools and aquatic programs. The Toners recently returned to Australia and are very happy to be living near the beach again - No more shovelling snow in winter! Gary and I have 2 children - Georgia who is 18 and studying at The University of the Sunshine Coast, and Tom who just turned 16 and is in year 11 here on the Sunny Coast."

"I am both a Silver Level Coach and Swim Australia Certified Swimming Instructor - I have taught learn to swim and has coached swimmers to both national and international levels. I particularly enjoy the "teaching" part of coaching and have specialized in Open Water Swimming, Adult Squads, and the transition from learn to swim to squad level (Marlins!). I'm delighted to have found a new swimming "home" with Caloundra Aquatic Lifestyle Centre and am looking forward to teaching, coaching and encouraging a life long love of the water."

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