HEAD COACH AND NATIONAL SQUAD COACH
Ash joined the club as Head Coach in 2018. Originally from Sale, Victoria, Ash moved to Melbourne at the age of 17 to pursue a career in swimming. After training at Nunawading for two years Ash was offered a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. It was there that his swimming career took off by making his first Australian team in 2006 and representing the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After 10 years on the Australian team, Ash retired from professional swimming in 2016. His plan was to pursue a career in coaching. Having great success as the Head Coach at Ivanhoe Neons, Ash took the club’s ranking from outside the top 20 in Victoria to within the top 5. He’s openly very excited to have joined the Northcote team of coaches and is excited to see what the future has in store for the Northcote Swimming Club. Having years of experience in the sport, Ash has a great passion for swimming and seeing people succeed. Ash’s values as a coach are to see children and all ages enjoying our great sport; to continue to educate and help athletes develop skills not only in the pool, but outside of the pool and to provide a level of coaching expertise to continue the rich legacy of swimming in Australia.
STATE YOUTH SQUAD COACH
Brayden has been swimming with the Northcote Swimming Club since 2011 and coaching since 2016. He has an AUSTSWIM Swimming and Water Safety qualification and Towards Competitive Strokes qualification and is currently working towards his Bronze Licence. In addition to swimming, Brayden's hobbies include surf lifesaving, sports and literature. With a passion for design, he is currently studying Industrial Design at University. Brayden is a creative and encouraging person, these attributes helping him get the best out of his swimmers, working to achieve individual and team goals.
DISTRICT SQUAD COACH
When it comes to junior swimming, Bec has first-hand knowledge of learning, training and competing. She was a state age finalist from 2012-2016, a national age competitor in 2013 and still loves to jump into the pool for some laps. Bec has undertaken Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming supervised coaching hours and is completing her bronze licence qualification. Out of the pool, she completed her VCE in 2017 and is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. Bec is keen to share her love of swimming through coaching and can’t wait to contribute to the team environment at Northcote Swim Club.
DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACHNik has a strong history with swimming. He started as a Northcote swimmer in 2000, before moving to Carey Swimming Club, while also playing water polo. His swimming knowledge is backed up by his AUSTSWIM Swimming and Water Safety and Towards Competitive Strokes qualifications. He is also working towards his Bronze Licence. He is also currently studying a Bachelor of Science. Nik prefers the simpler things in life as he enjoys long walks on the beach more than anything else. He also enjoys getting out and about with family and friends.
NIPPERS SQUAD COACH
James has been swimming with Northcote for as long as he can remember. He has a strong relationship with the club; from a little shivering swimmer trying to stay alive in the outdoor pool, to becoming a disciplined influence on the State Squad. He is accredited with AUSTSWIM Swimming and Water Safety, Towards Competitive Strokes and Bronze License qualifications. James is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science and Music at The University of Melbourne. He plays piano.
FAST SQUAD COACH
Harry has been a swimmer since age 7 and still trains with the state squad even with his role as a coach at the Northcote Swimming & Lifesaving Club. He has an AUSTSWIM Swimming and Water Safety and Towards Competitive Strokes qualification and also brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a swimmer competing at a state level of competition. Harry is a multitalented person whose interests are very broad, and include lacrosse, cricket and music. His love of music has driven education and career prospects as he currently studies a Bachelor of Music, after which he plans on teaching music in schools and performing. Harry is a hard working and charismatic individual and coaches the Fit Squad on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. See you all on pool deck!