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Club and Community | 22 August 2023

Connect, create and celebrate at SwimCon23

OLYMPIC gold medallist Duncan Armstrong, Bondi Rescue’s Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins and best-selling author Kim Morrison head a stellar list of keynote speakers at September’s SWIMCON23 Supernova on the Gold Coast.

Armstrong (pic courtesy of IOC) came to the forefront of the Australian sporting landscape in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul when he won the 200m freestyle and claimed silver in the 400m freestyle.

But it was the 200m that cemented Armstrong in Australian sporting folklore, when he overcame former world record holders American Matt Biondi, Polish swimmer Artur Wojdat and West Germany’s Michael Gross.

It was based on a strategy devised with legendary swimming coach Laurie Lawrence to swim as close to Biondi all race.

A huge underdog heading in, ranked 25th in the world with a personal best time that wouldn’t have even qualified him for the final, he went on the break the world record in the swim.

Duncan’s Olympic coach “stuff the silver , we come for the gold” Lawrence will also be at the conference to discuss Kids Alive do the Five.

SWIMCON is Australia’s premiere Swim Industry Conference and this year the conference is combining with the International Federation of Swim Teachers’ Associations (IFSTA) international conference.

The conference from 16th to 20th September will provide opportunities for the swim community to reconnect, cultivate coaching and teaching skills through professional development sessions and will also celebrate the achievements of industry peers.

Held at The STAR, speakers also include Channel 9 Media Personality and parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson, and Australia’s top coaches who have just returned from the World Swimming and World Para Swimming Championships – Dolphins head coach Rohan Taylor and Para men’s head coach Kate Sparkes.

Expanded to five days, the conference also includes masterclasses, coaching stream, teaching stream, swim school stream, swim course practical workshops and additional activities, such as the SWIM Schools Australia Swim School Tour.

The full program and further details can be viewed here: