COACHING TEAM

Head Coach - Mark Davies

Mark  is a Silver License swim coach and also has a Cert III in fitness (dry land and gym), senior first aid, pool lifeguard

and sports massage qualifications. 

Mark has been involved with swim coaching for over 20 years setting up several swim clubs from scratch and been integral in

developing Australian Junior representatives, and National  swimmers as well a Sydney 2000 Paralympic Gold medalist.

 

Mark has managed and run several successful clubs including the Casuarina Swim Club in Darwin, establishing their learn to swim and

high-performance swimming programs. He was the Head Coach of CJ Swim Club at Carina Leagues where he built the club from scratch,

developing national level swimmers and a club with an incredible culture of values and positive training culture.

Whilst in the NT, Mark ran the Elite Swimmer’s Scholarship program for the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.

 

Most recently Mark has worked in Asia coaching elite swimmers and mentoring local coaches.  Including running swim camps and mentoring Fiji coaches leading into international competition; mentoring and educating local coaches on training programs & the sports science of training programs as well as  educating the kids on how to become elite athletes.

Mark's focus is to develop our kids as the best swimmer they can be and also to be the best person they can be and feels that a swimming club is a great place for kids to learn and grow as swimmers and into fine adults. Mark believes "'A swim club should challenge the kids to improve and also a place of fun for everyone to enjoy".

 

In his spare time Mark likes to surf but confesses he is still learning!  Out of the water Mark enjoys AFL – these days mainly as a spectator, but in the past has played in both Victorian and Queensland teams.

Mark is excited to be working at Indooroopilly Swimming as the club with its strong history of a fantastic reputation, and enjoys continual improvement and growth.

Assistant Coach - Angelo Macaro

Angelo has 10 years experience as a swimming teacher and coach working with clients and athletes across a vast range of ages and

levelsIn 2016 he was awarded a scholarship from The University of Queensland - School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences to

begin a world-leading Ph.D. project which involved coaching young Australian swimmers who have cerebal palsy.

Before undertaking this role, he lived in Italy and completed a Bachelor of Sport Sciences and a European Master in Adapted Physical

Activity. In addition to the academic background, he holds several accreditations, including Swimming Australia Bronze Coach, Swim

Teacher, Swim Teacher of Competitive Swimming (CS) and Swim Teacher of Learners with Disabilities (LWD).

Angelo enjoys the learning environment at Indooroopilly Swimming and enjoys providing his expertise to make the activities of the club

successful.

Kathleen King - Learn to Swim Coordinator

Kathleen has an extensive 25 year background in early childhood education and is passionate about teaching, especially children.

She has worked with children and young adults in a range of different arts and disciplines, instructing, teaching, and competing, and

has a keen interest in working with children with additional needs.  Kathleen holds AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety,

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics, AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults, AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes,

AUSTSWIM Assessor and also AUSTSWIM Teacher of Access and Inclusion (Additional Needs).

Kathleen has a love for swimming that has led her to become a dedicated swim teacher for children and adults of all ages.

She says  the best part of her job is teaching and developing the progression of skills and abilities of her students classes, teaching

a child who is afraid to be in the water to swim confidently and independently, and instilling a love of swimming in all her swimmers

Kathleen is the mother of 4 beautiful girls ranging from 1 year  to 9 years (of course they are all talented swimmers!)

Amane Takeda

Amane has been swimming since the age of 4, and have progressed over the years to be able to compete in state and national levels.

She has been swimming at Indooroopilly Swim Club since 2013, and has been teaching at the club since 2017.  Amane has an

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety and is  qualified to teach Learn To Swim through to Development squad. 

Helping the kids achieve their personal goals and watching them develop different skills over time has increased her personal love and

passion for teaching at this club. 

Amelie McCarthy

I have been in the water since I was 6 months old. I started swimming lessons when I was 3 and began swimming competitively when I

was 12. I represented Tasmania at many National events, including National Age Championships, School Games and State Teams at the

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). I was honoured to be chosen as Captain for the Tasmanian team for the Pacific School Games in 2015.

I am a qualified Bronze ASCTA coach and have recently completed the Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety with AustSwim. This

means that I am able to coach from Learn to Swim all the way to state level competition.

My family and I (including our 12 year old dog) recently moved up from Hobart, and the biggest change is the weather! I am currently in

my first year studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland. I love working here at Indooroopilly

Swimming and look forward to meeting all of you.