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asctaVIC Professional Development Conference 2019


The asctaVIC Conference provides professional development for all aspects of the coaching and teaching of swimming. Swimming coaches and teachers attending the conference will have a vast array of specialized topics from presenters that have experiences on a national and international level. The conference caters for all levels of coaching.

2019 asctaVIC Conference Schedule

Performance & Junior Coaching Presenters include:

David Lush - Coach of World Champion and Olympic medalist Emily Seebohm, David is the Director of Swimming at Brisbane Grammar School and Head Coach of the Brisbane Grammar Swimming Club. A former Australian representative swimmer himself, David has been instrumental in the development and growth of the swimming program at Brisbane Grammar, including Australian Dolphin Minna Atherton who he coached to multiple Junior World Records. In 2018 David was named ASCTA Coach of the Year.

Tom Vandenbogaerde- Senior Physiologist at Swimming Australia with 13 years’ experience working in elite sport. He is passionate about thinking, planning, programming and monitoring to ensure coaches and athletes leave no stones unturned in their Olympic preparations. Tom also formed part of the New Zealand Olympic Team in Beijing and London, and of the New Zealand Swim Team at all World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Games from 2007 to 2014.

Kirsten Norden Using her extensive experience as a competitive gymnast, combined with swim coaching and with her work as a strength and conditioning coach for a range of junior developing athletes in netball, hockey, mogul skiing and athletics, Kirsten founded Swimnastics.  Swimnastics is a dry-land program incorporating the fundamentals of gymnastics to help junior swimmers build strength, increase flexibility and develop sound movement patterns years before they begin working with a strength and conditioning coach.

Swim School Teachers Presenters include:

Leigh Nugent Leigh Nugent is one of the best technical swimming coaches in the world. As National Youth Coach for Swimming Australia from 2000 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2009, Leigh has worked with many of the best up and coming swimmers and coaches in Australia and around the world. Leigh’s passion, knowledge and experience is second to none and not to be missed for Swim Teachers looking to enhance their own teaching skills and stroke correction knowledge.  

Whatever the level, there will be a great array of presenters and topics to cover every one’s interest, giving you access to a network of industry experts to help you further your profession and interest.

Conference registration includes;

  • International, National and State Level presenters
  • Coffee, tea & lunch provided
  • Attendance certificate on completion for re accreditation purposes; coaching & teaching
  • Access to the wider network of the swimming industry
  • Network at the trade display
  • Conference notes will only be available from presenters where available
  • For the Ladies – A Networking Function at Bayview Eden on Saturday afternoon
  • Register for Conference Networking Dinner on Saturday night
  • Discounted rate for accommodation at Bayview Eden
  • Please note that the Performance Coaches Stream is by invite only


*** Receive a 10% discount when your Club or Swim School registers 3 or more staff! ***

Contact Josh at to organise the group discount.


ASCTA will allocate 5 ASCTA Professional Development hours per day. Certificates of attendance will be available following the final presentations of each of the days.

Conference Dinner - Bayview Eden

6 Queens Rd Melbourne, Sat 22nd 6.30pm. Cost $50 includes welcome drink & two course meal

Bookings are essential by Friday 6 September – All welcome!


MSAC Parking

Paid parking is available at MSAC and in the Lakeside car park which is located off Aughtie Drive. For information on parking at MSAC please visit the MSAC Contact Us Page.

Accommodation- Bayview Eden

All Conference attendees have access to a discounted rate at Bayview Eden (6 Queens Road Melbourne). Conference Price: $150 twin share and $15 breakfast + discounted parking ($10 per night) – use code SWIMVIC or follow the link below: Swimming Victoria @ Bayview Eden



Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, Victoria 3206

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