Coaching Team

Sandro(Alex) Vasta - Head Coach

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​Alex is an experienced Nationally Accredited Ascta, Silver (Advanced) level swim coach, with a demonstrated track record of coaching athletes to Australian Age and Open National Championship Titles. Over the past 15 years Alex has been an integral part of the LWA (previously Laverton Swimming Club) programs success, providing a balanced training program, encouraging athletes to thrive and learn from self-improvement, and teaching life-long skills from the swimming environment.

Alex has been the recipient of several ASCTA awards including Swimming Victorian age group coaching achievement at Australian Age Championships 2013, a special achievement placing a swimmer on an Australian team 2015, a special recognition for placing swimmers on the Victorian State team 2016 and most recent Victorian Open Water coach of the year 2017-2018.

Peter Botheras - Head Coach

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Peter is an Advanced(formaly Silver) Nationally Accredited Ascta licenced Coach, who has successfully coached swimmers to Australian Age & Open, and State Age & Open  Championship standards. A competitive swimmer and Waterpolo player for 20 years(including the Victoria Junior Men's sides of 1982-83) together with 20 year of successful coaching, Peter has extensive knowledge and a philosophy that supports competitive swimmers of all ability to achieve their goals. Peter has been the recipient of several Ascta coaching awards such as Swimming Victorias Age group achievement at Australian age Championships, and special recognition for placing swimmer on the Victorian State Team. Away from coaching Peter`s other interest are hot rods, genealogy and reading.

Clyde Backman- Assistant Coach

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Clyde is a Nationally Acredited Ascta Bronze level Coach (Development) and holds various learn to swim qualifications with over 20 years experience. As a former competitive swimmer Clyde has a passion for the sport, finding the transition to coaching an obvious choice. Clyde has a calm and methodical approach to teaching and coaching, bringing an inclusive and adaptable mindset to developing young athletes, also understanding the value of intergrating enjoyment and teamwork into training, with an emphasis on building the fundametals of good competitive stroke technique. Clyde feels strongly about sharing his knowledge and developing the new generation of coaches. Away from coaching Clyde still enjoys lap swimming, and a good book to read.

Jaya Abela - Junior Development Coach

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Jaya joins the Laverton Wyndham Aquatics coaching Team with a good understanding of stroke development and the fundamentals of good competitive stroke technique. A former competitive swimmer, Jaya brings a great amount of varied experience to the role, with a coaching philosophy focusesing on building correct swimming technique in a encouraging environment, while still including fun in all training sessions. Jaya is a Nationally Ascta accredited Development Coach(Formally Bronze) coach since 2018.

 

Bianca Mathews - Junior Development Coach

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Bianca is Nationally accredited Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes and is currently working towards Development Coach Accreditation (formally bronze license). A current National level swimmer, Bianca has a good understanding of stroke development, has a calm and methodical approach to teaching and coaching bringing an inclusive and adaptable mindset to developing young athletes.

Bianca provide an encouraging environment where swimmers feel confident to challenge themselves to take their swimming to the next level

Anastasia Georgiev - Junior Development Coach

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Anastasia joins the Laverton Wyndham Aquatics coaching Team with a good understanding of stroke development and the fundamentals of good competitive stroke technique. A current State Performance level swimmer, Anastasia`s coaching philosophy focuses on building correct swimming technique in a encouraging environment, while still including fun in all training sessions. Anastasia has completed the Nationally accredited Swim Australia Teacher of Competitive Strokes and is currently working towards Development Coach Accreditation (formally bronze license).