Sam Ashby 
Head Coach / Age Competitive Squad Coach 

Sam comes to the Club with a lifetime of swimming experience as a National Age Medalist in breast stroke at 13yrs. At 16yrs, he represented Australia at the Junior PanPac Games. In his early 20s he was an Australian Dolphin and represented Australia at the 2011 World Championships in 100m butterfly. Sam has previously coached at MLC and Ivanhoe and is excited about the future for the Geelong Swimming Club. Sam’s goal is to coach the swimmers and lead the club in such a way that the swimmers perform at their best, contribute positively to each other, and have fun doing it. Sam is a Silver Licence Swimming Coach. 

Shaun Ward
Junior Competitive Squad Coach

Shaun has run his own business for the last 9 years, an outdoor sporting provider specializing in stand-up paddle boarding. He has taught Learn to Swim for the last 6 years at Leisurelink and provides coaches assessments on stroke technique and progression drills for the centre. Shaun has many qualifications including Advanced Diploma in Outdoor Education, Aus Swim and Competitive stroke qualifications. 

Lucky Weerakody 
Assistant Head Coach / Performance Manager / Age Competitive Squad Coach 

Lucky has over 30 years as a swimming coach in both the USA and Australia. He is a Life Member of the American Swimming Coaches Association. He has coached the Australian Paralympic Team at the World Championships in 2005-6. Lucky represented Sri Lanka at International competitions and still holds the Sri Lankan National Record for the 1500 freestyle and 400 freestyle. Lucky is a Silver License Swimming Coach and is a Swim Australia Course Presenter for swim teachers and coaches.

Sadat-Jon Hussain 
Country and MC Squad Coach / Multiclass Team Manager 
Sadat is a Bronze License Swimming Coach and is also a Coach of Swimmers with Disabilities. Sadat has been appointed Coach for the Australian Down Syndrome Swim Team in 2014 & 2016 and has 10+ years Swim Teaching experience with COGG. Sadat is the manager of the Geelong Swimming Club’s Multiclass Team. He was awarded ‘City Shining Star’ Award in 2013 and ‘Coach of the Year’ at the 2020 Victorian Sport and Disability awards.

Liam Humphreys
Open Water and Distance Squad Coach

Liam swum competitively as a junior with Altona Swim Club, Melbourne Vicentre and Firbank Aquastars, reaching national level. He also competed in Open Water events, earning national medals and a spot on the Australian Open Water Team. Liam re-located to Geelong to focus on surfing and surf lifesaving, before beginning coaching with Melbourne H2O and finally making the move to the Geelong Swimming Club.

Mitch Norton
Open Water and Distance Squad Coach

Mitch is a swimmer & a member of the Geelong Swimming Club since 2005. Held many club & district records, State medalist & National club representative at the Olympic trials. Went on to swim with Fairhaven Surf Club & compete in Triathalons for Beckworth Racing. Coached for The Geelong College APS sports & Learn to Swim classes for 3 years. Mitch is a Primary School teacher, coaches the Team Vic swim team & is a qualified Swim Teacher & ASTCA Teacher of Competitive Strokes.

Rob Steinman 
Development Squad Coach
Rob is a former swimmer with Ballarat GCO and Albury Swimming Club and has participated at National Age and Open competitions over an 18 year swimming career. He has coached at various levels over a 10 year period between 1993—2003 and coached juniors to Country Championships during that time. Rob is a Primary School teacher who also has Aus. Swim and Competitive stroke qualifications. 

Kai Lumsden
Junior Development Squad Coach
Kai is a former swimmer with South Gippsland Bass, moving to Geelong for study. Kai has a wide range of experience in learn to swim and coaching, including work with our swim school. Whilst starting competitive swimming later than most, Kai has achieved some great results including winning the 200 Butterfly at the 2020 Country Championships.

Emma Hocking
Assistant and Relief Squad Coach
Emma joined our club back in 2012 from the Geelong Sharks and continues to compete for the club. Beginning under coach Sadat Hussain and Lucky Weerakody, Emma has great experience across learn to swim and coaching over many years. Emma completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) in 2019 and is heavily involved in the club committee.