Sam Ashby 

Head Coach / 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. 

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Lucky Weerakody 

Assistant Head Coach / 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. 

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Shaun Ward 

Junior Competitive and Cross Competitive Squads 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. 

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David Strahan 

Cross Competitive Squad Coach 

David has been a Surf Lifesaver with Torquay SLSC for 40 years and has 5 Ironman Open State titles, participated in 15 states teams and has been Captain of the TSLSC 5 times. David has been the Xavier College’s Swim Coach for 15 years and is a qualified Physical Education teacher. David has numerous qualifications centred around PE teaching, Surf Lifesaving and First Aid. 

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Sadat-Jon Hussain 

Development 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. He has 10+ years Swim Teaching experience with COGG and received the City Shining Star Award in 2013. Sadat is the manager of the Geelong Swimming Club’s Multiclass Team. 

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Emma Hocking 

Development Squad Coach 

Emma is a past swimmer with the Geelong Swimming Club and has numerous qualifications including ASCTA Learn to Swim and ASCTA Teacher of Competitive Strokes. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science / Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at Deakin University. 

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Rob Steinman 

Junior 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. 

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