Training

Don’t dream of winning, Train for it.
Southport Olympic Swimming Club caters for all levels and abilities. Athletes have a clear pathway of progression through the squad structure; From an introduction into squad training right through to high performance, athletes can progress at their own pace while feeling motivated to achieve a standard to progress to the next level.

Squads & Pathways

Mini Squad

Mini squad provides an introduction into the squad program with a focus on developing the correct technique and exposure to racing. Training is up to four sessions per week.

Junior Squad

Focus is on improving technique and skills in all strokes. Junior squad athletes are actively participating in racing at local swim meets. Training is up to six sessions per week.

State Squad

Swimmers are achieving state qualifying times and aiming to qualify for age nationals. Training is 6-8 sessions per week.
 

National Squad

National squad athletes are targeting age national finals and medals. Training up to nine sessions per week.

High Performance

Athletes in the high performance squad are targeting open and international competition. The target for these athletes is making the Australian team. Training is nine sessions per week.
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Coaches

Glenn Baker

High Performance Coach, Southport Head Coach
 
Placement of athletes on National Senior Teams:
2003 – Oceania Championships (Fiji) 2004 – World Cup (South Africa) 2005 – World Championships (Montreal) 2006 – Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) 2006 – Pan Pacific Championships (Canada) – 1 Silver 2007 – World Championships (Melbourne) – 1 Gold, 1 Silver 2008 – Olympic Games (Beijing) – 2 Silver, 1 Bronze 2008 – Paralympic Games (Beijing) – 1 Silver 2010 – Pan Pacific Championships (USA) – 3 Silver 2010 – Commonwealth Games (India) – 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 2010 – World Short Course (Dubai) – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 2011 – World Championships (Shanghai) – 1 Silver 2012 – Olympic Games (London) – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze 2014 – Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) – 2 Gold 2014 – Pan Pacs (Gold Coast) – 1 Gold 2014 – World Short Course (Qatar) – 1 Silver 2015 – World Championships (Kazan) – 1 Gold
Placement of athletes on National Junior Teams:
2002/03/04/05/06/07/08/09/10/12 – Trans Tasman Team (Australia) 2007 – Junior Pan Pacs (Hawaii) 2006 – Sydney Youth Olympic Festival (Sydney) – 2 Gold 2009 – Sydney Youth Olympic Festival (Sydney) – 1 Gold 2011 – World Junior Championships (Peru) – 2 Gold, 1 Bronze 2012 – Junior Pan Pacs (Hawaii) – 2 Gold, 1 Silver 2013 – Sydney Youth Olympic Festival (Sydney) – 5 Gold, 1 Silver 2014 – Junior Pan Pacs (Hawaii) – 3 Silver
Selection as Australian Team Coach on National Teams:
2003 – Oceania Championships (Fiji) 2006 – Pan Pacific Championships (Canada) 2007 – World Cup Team Europe (Berlin, Moscow, Sweden) 2010 – Pan Pacific Championships (USA) 2010 – Commonwealth Games (India) 2010 – World Short Course (Dubai) 2011 – World Cup Team Asia (Singapore/Beijing/Tokyo) 2011 – World Championships (Shanghai) 2012 – Olympic Games (London) 2014 – World Junior Championships (Dubai) 2014 – World Short Course (Qatar)
Australian Age Championships – Top 10 Team Placing
2003 – 7th 2005 – 6th 2006 – 1st 2007 – 9th 2009 – 9th 2010 – 6th 2011 – 7th 2012 – 4th 2014 – 9th 2015 – 12th 2016 – 9th  
 

Sean Eels

National Squad Coach, Southport Assistant Coach
Sean Eels (email: seels@goldcoast.qld.gov.au) has been coaching for 10 years. Before coaching at SOSC he was the inaugural Head Coach of Rackley Family Swim Schools, helping to develop their LTS & Squad programs. Sean began coaching at SOSC in 2008 as the State Squad Coach before taking over the National Age Squad program from current head Coach Glenn Baker in 2012. During this time Sean has coached swimmers to State & National Age medals in all strokes & distances from 50m to 800m. Coaching swimmers to compete at both National Age & Open Championships. He has placed swimmers on QLD State teams & Australian Junior Teams. He has also served as a team coach on GCRSA, QLD Teams & Australian Event camps. His National Squad has been ranked within the Top 10 Clubs each year on the National Age point score. Sean was the recipient of the 2011-13 Australian Sports Commission Scholarship for High Performance Sports Coaching. This scholarship allowed him to engage in seminars on topics pertinent to High performance sport at the AIS & saw him mentored by some of Australia’s leading coaches in a variety of disciplines. He is an ASCTA accredited SILVER license Swim Coach & qualified personal trainer. In addition to his coaching he is also the joint supervisor of the Learn to swim program that operates out of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
Recent results – AGE Nationals 2016
10th place National Age Club Point score 3xGOLD / 6xSILVER / 2xBRONZE 22 top 10 placings Jordy Brunt – Junior Pan Pacific Championship team [Hawaii]  

Erin McCarthy

State Squad Coach
Erin began coaching at the age of 16 and before too long had secured an informal coaching apprenticeship with her former level 4 squad coach. Erin coached junior swimmers in England before returning to Australia to take up a post at the Helensvale Swim Club. This role allowed her to develop the junior program as she coached swimmers from non-competitive through to state and National competition. From Helensvale, Erin moved to St Hilda’s school and worked with the in-school learn to swim program, junior and senior school swim teams, and the swimming club. During her time at St Hilda’s she completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science. In 2015 Erin was appointed the State Squad coach at Southport Olympic and now coaches swimmers to State and National Level competition.

Gregor Tait

Junior Squad Coach
Gregor is a 2 x Olympian for Great Britain and 2 x Commonwealth Gold Medalist for Scotland in swimming. He competed on the World stage between 1998 and 2008 in Backstroke and Individual Medley and held both British and Scottish records across all backstroke disciplines plus 200 IM. Gregor started coaching in 2015 with Southport and has taken on the Junior squad while also helping with levels 5 & 6 learn to swim . Gregor is thankful for the guidance he’s received from all coaches at every level which has helped his development. He strives for constant improvement and looks to help with the continuation of growth within the club at all levels.

Taylah De Joux

Mini Squad Coach
Bio coming soon…

Tayla Brunt

Development Squad Coach
Bio coming soon… [/one_third_last]

Timetables

Training Sessions
 SQUAD MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT
Junior 4.30 – 6.00pm   5.00 – 7.00am   4.30 – 6.00pm 5.00 – 7.00am 4.30 – 6.00pm  7.30 – 9.30am
State   5.00 – 7.00am 4.00 – 6.oopm 4.00 – 6.00pm 5.00 – 7.00am4.00 – 6.oopm 4.00 – 6.oopm  5.00 – 7.00am  6.00 – 9.00am
National Age  5.00 – 7.00am4.00 – 6.oopm  5.00 – 7.00am4.00 – 6.oopm

4.00 – 6.oopm

 5.00 – 7.00   5.00 – 7.00am

4.00 – 6.oopm

6.00 – 9.00am
High Performance 6.00 – 9.00am 4.00 – 6.00pm 6.00 – 9.00am 6.00 – 9.00am 4.00 – 6.00pm 6.00 – 9.00am 4.00 – 6.00pm 7.00 – 9.00am 6.00 – 9.00am
Afternoon Sessions
MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT
 

Fees

Training fees are payable monthly via Direct Debit to the Centre. When assessed by a member of the coaching staff you will receive Direct Debit & membership forms. These need to be completed & returned to reception prior to you commencing Squad training.
Squad Level Description Fee
Mini Squad Per Month, includes pool entry and coaching $140
Junior Squad Per Month, includes pool entry and coaching $170
State Squad Per Month, includes pool entry and coaching $185
National Age Group Per Month, includes pool entry and coaching $200
High Performance Per Month, includes pool entry and coaching $240