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Anne Smyth

“Has a huge passion for helping adult swimmers achieve their goals”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2014 (renewed 2019), Qualified AUSTSWIM Swim Teacher.
Awards: MSNSW & MSA Coach of the Year 2014, MSNSW Ian Davis Memorial Award 2016
Additional Roles: Coaching Director Tuggeranong Masters, MSNSW Coaching Team Leader, Masters Swimming Australia Coaching Board Member.
Focus Areas: Annual Cycle Planning, Technique Workshops, Tempo Trainers, Stroke Analysis/Correction, Coaching Forum at State Championships, Mentoring Coaches, Open Water, Attended Swim Smooth Coaching Course 2019, Attended Effortless Swimming Hell Week Camp 2019.
Swimming Background: Swam competitively as a child growing up in Wagga. Started swimming again as a Masters Swimmer in Melbourne and then in Canberra from 2009.
Competition: MSNSW State Championships, MSA National Championships,  Australian Masters Games 2013/2015, World Masters Games 2009/2017.
Favourite Events: 400m/800m/1500m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly. Sri Chinmoy National Capital 9k Lake Swim (Team Member), Open Water Swimming.


Greg Gourley

“Thinks there’s nothing better than swimming in the great outdoors with a group of like-minded distance swimmers”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2013 (renewed 2019).
Additional Roles: MSNSW Coaching Team Member.
Focus Areas: Distance & Pace Sets, Technique Workshops, Tempo Trainers, Filming/Analysis, Stroke Correction, Open Water, Attended Swim Smooth Coaching Course 2019. Attended Effortless Swimming Hell Week Camp 2018/2019.
Swimming Background: Learnt to swim very young, but was never a squad swimmer. Joined Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Club in 1999.
Competition: World Masters Games 2009, Australian Masters Games, MSNSW State Championships, MSA National Championships, Sri Chinmoy National Capital 9k Lake Swim (Solo), Narrandara 10k Lake Swim, MSNSW Open Water Championships.
Favourite Events: Open Water – preferably something longer than a 3km warm-up swim (and without sharks)!


Caz Makin

“Loves bright cosies, swimming in the sunshine and understanding different coaching and training methods”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2014 (renewed 2019), Qualified SwimAustralia Swim Teacher.
Awards: MSNSW Ian Davis Memorial Award 2014.
Additional Roles:
 MSNSW Coaching Team Member
Focus Areas: Motivation, Pacing, Sprints, Open Water, Technique Workshops, Flyer Design/Publicity for Workshops, Attended Effortless Swimming Hell Week Camp 2019.
Swimming Background: Competitive swimmer (specialising in 50/100/200m Backstroke and Freestyle) from Newcastle in the UK 1977-1984, qualifying for GB National Age Group Championships. Started swimming again after 25 years out of the water as a Masters Swimmer after moving from the UK to Australia in 2009.
Competition: MSNSW/TAS/VIC/QLD State Championships, MSA National Championships 2011-2019, Australian Masters Games 2013/2015, Sri Chinmoy National Capital 9k Lake Swim (Solo 2013/2014), Pan Pacific Masters Games 2016/2018, World Masters Games 2017, FINA World Masters Championships 2017, British Masters National Open Water Championships 2017, Tathra Wharf to Waves 2010-2018.
Favourite Events: 50m Freestyle through to 1500m Freestyle, 100m/200m Individual Medley. Open Water – up to 5km.  Even got to like Sprint Distance Triathlon for a few years and hugely improved 5k running pace!


Leisa Cass

Enjoys helping swimmers improve technique and loves seeing that lightbulb moment when a swimmer ‘gets it'”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2014 (renewed 2019).
Additional Roles: MSNSW Coaching Team Member.
Focus Areas: Stroke correction and development for the lower lanes, including starts and turns.
Swimming Background: Learnt to swim at the iconic and heritage listed Manuka Swimming Pool as a child and swam with Telopea Swim Club based at Manuka Pool, on and off until her late teens. Manuka is still one of Leisa’s favourite places to swim. Dabbled with triathlon and Masters swimming in the mid-nineties, and has swum with Masters since 2004.
Competition: MSNSW State Championships, MSA National Championships, Pan Pacific Masters Games, Sri Chinmoy National Capital 9k Lake Swim (Team Member), Tathra Wharf to Waves.
Favourite Events: 200 through to 1500 Freestyle, 100/200/400 Backstroke and Individual Medley’s when you don’t have a butterfly turn!


Brenda Day

“Gets great enjoyment seeing swimmers meeting their goals whilst at the same time having fun”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2007 (renewed 2017), Qualified AUSTSWIM Swim Teacher.
Focus Areas: Thursday AM Sessions – Stroke correction, A true believer in Fun/Fitness and Friendship Motto.
Swimming Background: Joined Tuggeranong Masters in 1998. Always at home in the water, but not a squad swimmer as a youth.
Competition: MSNSW State Championships, MSA National Championships, Pan Pacific Masters Games, Fina World Masters Championships 2008.
Favourite Events: 200m Backstroke, 200m Butterfly and keen Endurance Swimmer. Open Water Swimming – Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Duke’s One Mile Swim, Triple Triathlon and Sri Chinmoy National Capital 9k Lake Swim (Team Member).


Tom Boyce

“Believes you are never to old to improve”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2019.
Focus Areas: USRPT, Sprint Training, Technique.
Swimming Background:  Squad swimmer as a kid. Vassar College Swim Team. Triathlete and US Masters swimmer since 1984. Triathlete and Australian Masters swimmer since 1991.
Competition: MSNSW State Championships, MSA National Championships, Tathra Wharf to Waves, Forster Ironman Triathlon 1994.
Favourite Events: 100 Individual Medley, Backstroke, anything short course! Open water swims.


Katrina Burgess

“Interested in swimmers who want to improve in pool competitions”

Qualifications: MSA Club Coach 2019.
Focus Areas: Endurance Program, Form stroke correction, Motivation, One-to-one coaching.
Swimming Background: State and National level swimmer growing up in Sydney with Terry Gathercole and Forbes Carlile as mentors/coaches from age 9 to 15.  Then found a love of surf life saving and competed in Branch/ State and National Championships focusing on swim and board events. After finishing university put swim gear away, and pulled it out again age 45, joining Masters Swimming in 2013 along with her adult son, Kade.
Competition: MSNSW State Championships, MSA National Championships, Pan Pacific Masters Games.
Favourite Events: 50/100/200 Backstroke/Breaststroke.