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SWA Staff

Chief Executive Officer - James Young

James joined Swimming WA after working as WA Commercial and Marketing Manager at Netball WA and Marketing Manager at Hockey Australia. Prior to that he worked in some of Perth's biggest advertising agencies on accounts such as HBF, BHP, Landcorp, Synergy, Western Power and Cedar Woods. His role at Swimming WA is to work closely with partners, sponsors and stakeholders to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the association. He also works closely with the Media and Communications Coordinator to manage the image and marketing of Swimming WA. Aside from his involvement in swimming, James also has international hockey coaching experience and occasionally assists the Kookaburras program.



Competition Manager  - Meg Jovanovich

Involved in the sport for more than 25 years, Meg brings a wealth of experience to the role of Competition Manager with Swimming WA, working closely with SWA regions, clubs, members, officials, volunteers and venues to ensure the establishment and delivery of all Swimming WA pool competitions. Meg also looks after the hands on delivery of SWA pool competitions (long course and short course), competition planning and management, education, implementation and management of online entry and results, meet manager and team manager systems.



Commercial & Operations Manager - Chris Rowohlt

Chris has 16 years of international sport sector experience having worked in Australia, UK and France in commercial and high performance management roles. Chris was a national coach of the French men's hockey program for two years in their bid for 2012 Olympic qualification. Chris's commercial experience spans Australasia and Europe having been general manager of a premium international sports equipment and apparel brand for eight years. Chris holds a BSc from UWA majoring in Human Movement, and has recently completed an MBA at Henley Business School (UK). Away from swimming, Chris is a keen snowboarder, photographer, cyclist and chef and has travelled to over 35 countries to pursue these passions. Chris's role at Swimming WA is to work closely with partners, sponsors and other stakeholders to ensure real value is created and delivered to Swimming WA's members and to key stakeholders through our pool and open water events, and associated programs.

Development Manager - Carolyn Gorrick

Carolyn comes to Swimming WA having worked for three years with Venues West coordinating the Challenge and Arena Learn to Swim programs, where she oversaw a team of 90 staff. Carolyn has a long history in swimming, having been involved in the sport as a swimmer and administrator since the age of 12. In recent years, she has enjoyed a return to the pool and in 2012 competed at her third Olympic Trials. Carolyn's role as Development Manager involves providing assistance and direction to Swimming WA's 85 clubs including membership, clinics, Dive and Try events, Go Club activities and the Junior Excellence Program. Carolyn also provides support to Swimming WA's development programs such as the Schools and Colleges Relays and coordinates the development of technical officials.


Coach Education & Development Coordinator - Michael Shaw

Over the past four years, Michael has been the Head National Coach at Venueswest, a position that lead him to coach on the National Team in California in 2011 and the State Team in Hong Kong a year earlier. The Coach Education & Development Coordinator works closely with emerging athletes and coaches of grassroots clubs throughout Western Australia to help meet the needs and expectations of current and potential swimmers, while ensuring the delivery of pathway programs.



Swim School Coordinator - Natalie Van De Klashorst

As the Swim School Coordinator, Natalie works closely with Swim Australia, Royal Life Saving WA, Swimming Australia, WA Department of Sport and Recreation and Swimming WA affiliated clubs to ensure the delivery of the Learn to Swim to Club pathway and programs.



Schools & Performance Development Coordinator - Hayden Williams

Hayden works closely with WA coaches in the planning and delivery of development opportunities to the Swimming WA Performance & Development Squads and is responsible for the logistics of SWA State Teams as they travel to compete interstate. On the schools front Hayden works to strengthen the pathway between school and competitive swimming through engagement in such programs as the SunSmart Schools and Colleges Relays, Schools Associations Meet and the School Sport WA State Team as well as providing support to school and inter-school swimming events.



Media & Communications Coordinator - Lucy Gibson

Lucy comes to Swimming WA with 14 years experience working in the media. She has a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism from Cardiff University and started her career as a sports journalist in South Wales. Lucy worked as Public Relations Coordinator at the 9th Australian Masters Games and has since worked for The Canberra Times and The West Australian. She works closely with local media along with Swimming WA members to increase the profile of the sport in Western Australia.  She also takes care of all forms of SWA communication including the website, newsletter and social media.



Events Coordinator - Oliver Deesse

Oliver brings to the role a degree in sports management and LIWA accreditation in pool operations. Oliver works closely with facility providers such as VenuesWest to deliver pool events such as SWA State Championships, as well as direction of event logistics to ensure successful event management. 



Open Water Swimming Events Coordinator - Bobby Jovanovich 

A full-time swimmer, Bobby has been involved in the sport for the last 15 years - both in and out of the pool - and when he's not at his desk planning open water events can be found following the black line. In his role as OWS Events Coordinator, Bobby has been given a chance to use his experiences and understanding of the sport to set up the best environment for WA's open water swimmers.


Accounts Officer - Gayastri Suguramanan

Gayastri is the newest member of the Swimming WA team but brings to her role a wealth of experience in accounting for companies in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining Swimming WA, Gayastri was accountants and administration assistant for RF International in Perth and also worked as fund accountant for RBC Dexia Investor Services and accounts associate for Shell Shared Service Centre in Malaysia.



Administration Officer - Alicia Colreavy

A swimmer herself "many moons ago", Alicia has been heavily involved in the sport for more than 11 years. As the mother of two daughters who are both competitive swimmers, Alicia is used to spending her weekends at the pool and has been a registrar at club level for many years. Alicia's role at Swimming WA is to assist our Competition Manager Meg Jovanovich with memberships and events, assist our Accounts Officer Rebecca Snowball and also general office managagement. She is also the custodian of club/inter-club meets.


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  • Hancock Family Medical Foundation
  • Department of Sport and Recreation
  • SunSmart
  • Healthway
  • Toyota WA
  • The Sunday Times/Perth Now
  • Speedo
  • Swimmers World