Dylan’s sweet nature lulls you into thinking he’ll go easy on you right up until he hits you with a 1km warmup. Dylan found his passion for swimming later in life and well remembers those early days where every 50 was an achievement. And he’ll push you to get every lap you can so you feel that sense of achievement and improvement (and exhaustion!) too!
My history with Aqualicious goes back to being part of the team that founded the club in 2003, aligned with Masters Swimming Queensland and became QAL. I served as President for the first 7 years before stepping down. My swimming life began in Malaysia where I participated in various club, state , national and international competitions, mainly backstroke sprints and the 1500m for a few years. During Medical School in Brisbane, I swam for fitness and fun. My competitive spirit was reignited after the Sydney Gay Games in 2002. Since then, I have competed at the Outgames in Montreal, Copenhagen, Darwin, Melbourne, and Auckland. I have held State titles and records in Backstroke. in 2020. I obtained my coaching accreditation and started coaching. I believe a coach motivates swimmers to improve their technique, fitness, and times. I enjoy guiding swimmers towards their goals. Hope to coach you someday!
Nic has been Coaching Aqualicious on a regular basis for 4 years and became a member of the club in 2010. During his youth Nic was a member of Noosa, Peregian, Yancheap and Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Clubs – swimming and surfing all the way through. As an adult took up Pool & Open Water Swimming after joining Aqualicious. He is an accomplished National and World Level Masters Swimmer noting his top achievements are 400m Freestyle & 800m Freestyle Gold Medals in the MSA Nationals Sydney in 2013 and 5km Open Water Swimming Bronze Medal in the 2017 World Masters Games in New Zealand.
Kellie joined Aqualicious in 2004, winning the “Best New Talent” award that year. She joined the coaching team in 2011 under Lawrie Fabian before stepping up to the role of Head Coach in 2013. She’s made enormous contributions to our club over the years with coaching, volunteering, and swimming. She always managed to sneak in extra 100s without you noticing, and then ask you to swim faster. And you would. At the same time she bent over backwards to help you improve, to motivate you to be a better swimmer, and to bring you into the Aqualicious family.
If your idea of swim squad is sitting poolside with any type of cocktail that has an umbrella in it, you have something in common with Nathan. He manages to sneak in exercise when no one is paying attention, but he won’t give you the same luxury. He’ll make you work it! But he does it with style and fun, and somehow it doesn’t feel like you’re working at all. Until the day after…
Trudee coached Aqualicious from 2008 to 2016, and over that time she became an integral part of the Aqualicious family. She began swimming at the age of 8 and until she was 23 she swam under the direction of Coach Ken Wood at Redcliffe. More recently she has swum with Michael Bohl at St Peters Western. She has competed in two Australian World Cup pool teams and has been a member of the Australian Open Water team from 1999 until 2007. Trudee was part of the gold medal winning team in the 25km team event at the 2005 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada and placed 5th in the 10km individual event at the 2006 and 2005 World Open Water Swimming Championships.
Along with coaching Aqualicious, Cedric coached at Brisbane Girls Grammar, and has previously worked in Europe with swimmers who went on to compete in the Paralympic Games. He had a high level of technical coaching skills, and we were very sorry to see him move away from Brisbane.
Nicole joined Aqualicious in 2013 as a coach, and brought with her great passion and team spirit. She worked us hard in the pool, making us hope she would lose her voice so she couldn’t add more pyramids or 200s to the set. The harder she worked us, the more we thanked her, and looked forward to her next session.
Jodie was the president of Aqualicious in 2013, and brought her teaching background poolside. There was be no acting out or slacking off, but there was fabulousness and team spirit! When Jodie was coaching you had the feeling that most sessions would end up like a dance routine in an episode of Fame.
Most people saw Anthony’s soft-spoken side – until he was poolside coaching. He ran his sessions with military precision. You’d work hard and do plenty of drills, receiving well-considered advice on stroke correction. Anthony cracked the odd joke now and then (which were probably all very sharp and witty) but most people completely missed them.
Lawrie Fabian was the Aqualicious head coach from 2005 until 2013, and his coaching and mentorship helped Aqualicious grow into the established Masters swimming club it is today. He was the recipient of the 2007 AUSSI Masters Qld Coach of the Year, and again in 2008. Lawrie was founding president and coach of Melbourne’s Glamourhead Sharks Aquatic Club, the first gay and lesbian swim team in Victoria. He has coached swimmers and triathletes to personal bests at World Masters Games, The Gay Games, and has had one of his triathletes selected to compete for Australia at the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico City in 2002.
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