Coaching Staff

Senior Head Coach/Director of Swimming: Brett Tongue (Silver License)

BRETT TONGUE has been involved with the Swimming Club since competing himself as a kid. His coaching career all started back in 1991 when he started doing squad coaching in three different pools a week with 2 swimmers, then it built to a squad of 20 swimmers based at the Pickering Brook Sports Club for two seasons. In 1994 he became Head Coach of Kalamunda Districts Swimming Club.

Since taking over as Head Coach of Kalamunda Districts Swimming Club he has overseen the club progress to many new levels.  This has included an increase in membership, participation in intra-club meets and higher levels of competition.  He formed a club program from learn to swim through to elite swimming to cater for the new direction of the swimming program. In 2000 the program went to new levels with the enclosure of the Forrestfield Senior High School swimming pool, for all year round swimming for all its squads and members.

During this time he has also been working for the Swimming and Water Safety section in the Education Department in a variety of roles from Swimming Instructor, Vacswim Country Coordinator, Equipment Coordinator and the Water Based Excursions policy.

Brett also restarted the Perth College swimming program after pool renovations for two years in 2006 and 2007 as the Director of Swimming. In 2012 he oversaw the amalgamation of Guildford Blues and Kalamunda Swimming club through his new position at Guildford Grammar School as Director of Swimming. The new Guildford & Kalamunda Districts Swimming Club was born and now an exciting partnership exists both for club and school swimming with Brett leading the way.

Brett has been producing national level swimmers since 1996 and the club has been enjoying the success ever since. The overall strength of his coaching programs has been producing their own talent from junior to senior level. This includes developing our own coaching talent. His peers have classified him as somewhat of a stroke technique guru!

GGS Programs Head Coach: Valerie Newboult (Bronze License/Austswim)

Val is happy to be teaching and coaching swimming in Perth after many years of experience in Melbourne in a selection of private schools.  Val has gained knowledge from working with a number of coaches in these roles.  Val is a bronze licence coach, enabling her to perform land and water based training and program structures for the swimming year. Val enjoys the challenge of starting younger swimmers giving them the right grounding for an enjoyable swimming experience. Val spent her youth as a competitive swimmer.

DRSC Programs/Age Development & Open Water Head Coach: Brandon Bennier (SA-TCS/Austswim)

Brandon has been with the club from a swimmer in his junior days, all the way through to Open Water National Championships. As well as being a past Club captain, Brandon is now becoming a leader in the club's junior and intermediate coaching and teaching programs. He is also the Open Water Head Coach of the Club.

DRSC Programs / Age Development Coach: Peter Gavranich (Bronze License)

Peter is in charge of the Darling Range Sports College elite school program. A teacher by day, Pete has been involved in coaching for over 20 years and with the club for the last 4. He has been associated with Fremantle and some other clubs in his jouney in coaching.

Intermediates Development Coach: David Voysey (SA-TCS)

Dave is a unique coach, who brings a dynamic and energized approach to his coaching. Having watched his son perform at the highest level for the club, Dave has continued coaching in the program for the last 8 years from junior to senior level.

Junior & Intermediates Coach: Kirsten Pannekoek (SA-TCS/Austswim)

Kirsten is the youngest of four girls who swam for the club from her family, but is also the most successful. Kirsten is a multiple National and State representative and is still training at the highest level to meet her goals. Having come up through the whole program from learn to swim through to performance level swimming, she has a unique view on coaching and teaching for the club.

Junior & Intermediates Coach: Caitlin Webb (SA-TCS/Austswim) 

Caitlin began at the club as a junior swimer and progressed through the program. Caitlin has been heavily involved in learn to swim and coaching programs at other centres. She has returned this season to continue her development in coaching. She is very passionate about swimming and junior swimmers development.

Junior & Intermediates Coach: Tom Palmer (SA-TCS/Austswim)

Tom is an ex Guildford Grammar Student who has been involved in the coaching programs since late 2012. Tom has already made his mark as a very enthusiastic coach who can't wait for more knowledge. 

Junior Coach: Carmela Zagari (Austswim)

Carmela is still competing and training at high levels in the performance program. In the last year she has become a very valuable member of the coaching and teaching team with her willingness to develop the junior swimmers in her squads. 

Junior Coach: Michael Verran (SA-TCS)

Michael is a very loyal and well respected member of the swimming club from being Captain to National representative in Open Water and pool. He is already showing his love of passing on the technical aspects of stroke mechanics to the Junior squads.

Adult Swimming

Adult Squad Coach (Darling Range Sports College): Pool Deck Coach as per Training Schedule

Adult Squad Coach (Guildford Grammar School): Valerie Newboult

Strength & Conditioning Team

Head of Strength and Conditioning: Jeffrey Giles 

Jeff is in charge of the Open Performance Squad dryland program as well as overseeing the other strength & conditioning coordinators.

To help pay his way through University (Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia – Majoring in Human Movement and Biochemistry [with Honours]), Jeff first started working in a Gym back in 1996. Starting as a Gym Instructor at New World Health & Fitness and then adding Personal Training to his resume, he has spent 5 years working the floor helping everyday people stay fit and healthy.

In addition to assisting in the implementation of the Speed Development program throughout the W.A.F.L. Jeff has been fortunate enough to be involved in the preparation of two elite athletes; Darren Hill when he was transitioning from World Champion in BMX to World Champion in Track Cycling and Kylie Wheeler who represented Australian in the Heptathlon at two Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

Getting a ‘real job’ in 2004 as a Physical Education Teacher Jeff has worked in the Rugby specialist school, Aranmore Catholic College, Methodist Ladies’ College and now Guildford Grammar School. Taking on the role as Coordinator of Athlete Develop, Jeff works across most sporting teams directing the Strength & Conditioning of these teams.

Having completed the Level 2 Australian Strength & Conditioning, Level 1 Sports Trainer and Level 1 Weightlifting Western Australia courses Jeff is now completing his Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Edith Cowan University.   

Senior Squads Strength & Conditioning Coordinator: Burt Cockley

Burt was a professional cricket player until injuries took their toll and he moved in to the strength and conditioning coaching of elite athletes, especially fast bowlers. He has now taken on the new challenge of the performance swimmers at GK. Check out his website

Intermediate Squads Strength & Conditioning Coordinator: Brett Tongue. Co-ordinates the dryland program with the other Senior coaches for the Sharks and Age Development squads at Darling Range and GGS pools.




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