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Coaching Staff

Joy Symons

Manager

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Joy has over 20 years experience in the industry as an athlete, coach, and swimming teacher.  Her athletic skills have taken her across the globe swimming for Australia at World Championships, World Cups, Oceania Championships and NCAA’s (National Collegiate Athletic Assosciation – American College Nationals).

Joy is a driving force at Shut the Gate as she manages, teaches, instructs aerobics and Aqua Zumba, as well as takes on administrative duties.  She is the AUSTSWIM Champion for the Central QLD Region and also the President of the Central QLD Swimming Association.  Joy’s qualifications are: 

·        Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety,

·        Austswim Teacher of Infants and Preschool Aquatics

·        Austswim Teacher of Competitive Strokes

·        Austswim Teacher of Access and Inclusion

·        Austswim Presenter of Swimming and Water Safety

·        Bronze Coach

·        Bronze Medallion

·        CPR

·        Certificate III – Fitness

·        Aqua Zumba Instructor

·        Pool Operators Licence

·        Master of Arts – Public Administration, Communications, Special Education

·        Bachelor of Applied Science – Biology


Joy and Val are no strangers to parenthood as they balance work and family life with their two amazing children aged 6 and 3.

Val Kalmikovs

Manager, Head Coach - CQ Aquajets

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Val has over 30 years of experience in the Aquatic Industry, as an athlete, coach and swimming teacher.  As an athlete he has competed in two Olympics (2000, 2004), numerous world cups, world championships, and NCAA’s (National Collegiate Athletic Assosciation – American College Nationals).  He has coached swimmers to Australian and US National Championships, Junior Olympics and been voted Central Californian Coach of the year.  He has coached in many countries across the globe.  His teaching skills see him connect with much smaller swimmers.  His methods lead to great results and the parents of his swimmers are happy to see their progress. 

As Val’s experiences give him an edge in the aquatic industry, Val’s skills are also continuing to expand with RLSSA and Austswim Certificates.  His qualifications are:

·        Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety

·        Austswim Teacher of Competitive Strokes

·        Austswim Teacher of Preschool and Infant Aquatics

·        Aqua Zumba Instructor

·        Bronze Coach

·        Bronze Medallion 

·        CPR

·        Pool Operators Licence 

-        Master of Arts – Sports Management and Athletic Administration

-        Bachelor of Arts – International Affairs

 

 

Amy Woodside

Teacher, Admin

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After finishing high school in Biloela, Amy moved to Rockhampton to complete a business & accounting degree.  It didn’t take her long to work out this wasn’t what she wanted to do.

Amy completed her Austswim courses in August 2013 and began teaching at Shut the Gate soon after completing her training. Combining her love for children and helping others, she is well suited to this profession.

Amy is also studying a bachelor of physiotherapy. She currently lives in Gracemere with her 2 little dogs. Amy spends her spare time renovating her house, taking photographs, volunteering at Capricorn Animal Aid and keeping fit with crossfit.  Amy looks forward to travelling the world someday.

Cathy Clark

Teacher

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Cathy is an AustSwim qualified teacher with over 30 years experience. Coming from a swimming background where she competed at a high level Cathy also competed in diving and synchronized swimming. She has taught at several swim schools, taught school swimming and worked for the Asthma Foundation with asthmatics and children with disabilities. 

Cathy is married, has 3 children and continued swimming throughout the years updating her AustSwim in 2004. She has attended many workshops, some with Laurie Lawrence, and enjoys teaching all aspects of swimming from disability swimmers to adults. She is passionate about water safety and having her swimmers learn for fitness and enjoyment right through to a competitive level. Her hobbies include travel, fishing, gardening and music.

Connie Casey

Teacher

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Connie has lived in Rockhampton for 14 years.  She is married with three beautiful children.  Connie graduated her Bachelors of Education – Primary, in 2002 from CQU and has been teaching ever since.  Connie’s roles as an educator have also included, relief teaching, group leading in child care and now teaching swimming.

Outside of work, Connie likes to spend time with her family, watch her children play basketball and AFL, go to the beach, read books, watch movies, listen to music, cook, and go shopping.  She also likes to keep fit by walking and participating in Aqua Aerobics classes.

 

Jeffrey Moulds

Teacher

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Born in Rockhampton, Jeffrey graduated from Rockhampton Grammar School in 2013.  Studying his Diploma in Criminal Law at CQU Jeffrey teaches swimming part time.

Jeffrey is a seventh grade pianist, and third grade cellist.  With his musical background, Jeffrey also has experience in tap dance, cricket, basketball, tennis, rugby league and swimming.

Jeffrey is a competitive club member of CQ Aquajets along with one of his younger brothers.  With a sporting and musical background, Jeffrey loves to exercise, read, eat and achieve his goals.

Leanne McDonald

Teacher

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Originally from Sydney, Leanne comes from a swimming background. She enjoyed competitive swimming from a young age. After teaching for a few years, she changed her career path to childcare but always maintained a love of swimming and water sports. After marrying and raising her son, Leanne resumed her teaching career and since, moved to Rocky with husband Steve and dog Bella.

She revised her Austswim in 2002 and has continued to develop her skills in all areas including workshops for CPR and has an AustSwim babies and toddlers certificate. She is passionate about making her classes fun while focussing on water safety techniques. Her hobbies are fishing, watching sports, walking, jogging and enjoying time with her 2 beautiful granddaughters!

Mikaela Richardson

Teacher

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Originally from Barcaldine, Mikaela has led an exceptional life for someone her age.  Completing her Austswim course at 16, driving trucks in the mines, winning scholarships for her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and volunteering in Fiji has given Mikaela life skills most 19 year olds never get to experience.

Mikaela is a teacher of many passions; Teaching swimming and increasing water safety awareness to her swimmers is one of them.  Volunteering, gardening, environmental science, and scuba diving are other things Mikaela is passionate about. 

Mikaela loves and misses her pet goat, Fred, who still in Barcaldine.

Ren Smoothy

Teacher

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Ren moved to Rockhampton from the Gold Coast three years ago with her partner.  She has worked in childcare for over 10 years and is qualified with her Certificate IV in Children Services.

Ren recently completed her Austswim qualifications and loves how her qualifications complement each other.

A water baby at heart, Ren loves surfing, swimming, reading, spending time with children, and her pet chicken Gozo.

Sarah Lynch

Teacher, Admin

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Sarah Lynch has recent relocated with her husband from Brisbane. She has worked for the past 10 years in the aquatic and fitness industry teaching, lifeguarding, coordinating and managing sites across Brisbane.

She believes swimming especially in Australia is a life skill that we all need. Her mum originally from New Zealand had put herself and 4 other siblings through lessons but, had never learnt to swim her self and had quite a fear of the water. In 2008 Sarah proudly taught my mum and to this day her mum is her favourite student. Her mum now loves the water as much as she does.

Sarah’s love of the water and fitness started at a young age with a natural flair for sport, but a lack of height made it difficult to compete in more than school level (She still took out school champion though). It was Sarah’s squad coach that pointed her more towards self improvement and stroke correction. It again it was her coach that also pointed her in the direction of becoming a learn to swim teaching. 

Qualifications:

- AustSwim General

- AustSwim Infant & Tondelrs

- Senior First Aid

- CPR

“I love the water and my favourite part about teaching is seeing the children confident, happy and safe in and around the water”.

Teresa Fox

Teacher, Admin

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Originally from Victoria, Teresa moved to Rockhampton in February 2014 following her heart.  Her passion for aquatics building since her competitive days into the experienced teacher she is today.

Teresa has been teaching swimming for over 15 years and has previously run her own swim school.  She established a successful learn to swim program in Mackay whilst working for the local council before moving to Rockhampton.  Teresa is an Austswim qualified teacher, Bronze level Coach, as well a RLSSA lifeguard.

Teresa is currently studying nursing at CQU while teaching at Shut the Gate and working in the office.

Her life interests include swimming, belly dancing, music, reading and learning new things.  

Caroline Goddard

Admin

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Caroline started working in the Aquatic Industry in 2002 (after nearly 4 years of Tertiary studies in Education and Early Childhood).  It was here she truly found her home – combining her love of teaching and working with children.  Caroline has enjoyed teaching children from baby classes up to junior squads, with baby classes, water safety, confidence and learn to swim being her biggest passion.

Caroline had a short career change when she got married but happily returned after the arrival of her first son.  Another baby later, she can’t imagine working in any other industry! 

Caroline loves being a part of watching a child learn, grow and improve with a skill that they will have forever, and may even save their life!

Kim Donaldson

Aqua Instructor

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For the past 8 years, Kim, has worked as a heavy equipment operator and trainer/assessor in the mining industry.  Kim got married in 2012 and decided that in 2013 she would study for her certificate III and IV in fitness.

Encouraging others to participate in physical activity is her passion.  Kim is also a Ballroom Dancer and participates in kettle bell training. 

Kim is trained in Aqua Zumba as well!

Brielle Robson

Administration

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Brielle is a hardworking teenager who started working at Shut the Gate in 2012.  Her interests include swimming, music and belly dancing.

Brielle, an avid animal lover, wants to study veterinary science.  Her favourite animals are goats and sheep. 

Brielle will complete her AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety later this year and will begin her training to become a swimming teacher.

Rebeca Lehman

Aqua Instructor

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