The Coaches

The Coaches (pdf download)

Chris Lin (Head Coach)

Chris coached at Vic Park when The Club re-formed in 2007.  Some of our older swimmers remember Chris from when they were juniors and are excited he has returned.  He was going for Silver accreditation at the time.

Chris is an ex-Commonwealth and Olympic swimmer, representing Mauritius, and describes his coaching style as firm but fair, strongly motivational and advocating integrity.  His focus will be on fitness and health for our swimmers along with developing technique and training schedules as is appropriate to the swimmers’ age and ability.  Chris has spent the last few years working with young adults and teenagers.

Chris is currently a Bronze ASCTA qualified coach and holds many qualifications outside of swimming including a Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate III in Correctional Practice. He also has a certification in Warm Up, Cool Down, Stretching & Recovery from Sports Medicine Australia.

"My vision as a coach is to create a holistic/inclusive environment which would help every swimmer to develop his/her potential whilst also feeling valued as an individual.  Creating champions in and out of the pool."

 Kailee Jones (Assistant Coach)

I have been swimming since I was 2 or 3 years of age and I am now currently 17 years old and still love to swim to this day. Swimming has always been a major aspect in my life. I have always loved the fitness and competitive side of the sport as well as the social side of it too. Through swimming, I have learnt a lot of things about the sport, myself and also others. It has taught me to be committed, punctual and organised. I love seeing junior swimmers getting excited and ready to swim because it reminds me of how I was when I was their age. I have recently obtained my coaching accreditation so that I may pass on my love and experience of the sport to the new swimmers. I hope that by doing this, my passion for swimming will continue and they will always feel compelled to give their very best.

  Tiana Zappacosta (Assistant Coach)

I have been at the Victoria Park Swimming Club for 9 years now and have been club captain for the past three. I was first bought into the swimming culture by Chris at such a young age. Since the day I started I have never been able to escape the swimming world and to this day no matter how much I do or don’t swim I am still surrounded by it. I started off by doing pool swimming and competed in states for several years and along the way discovered my passion for open water swimming and was lucky enough to compete in open water nationals for three years, this was such an achievement for me and I would love to see the younger children conquer their goals as I did and go far with their passion. I believe that swimming is a great way for you to connect with others who have the same passion, a fantastic way to stay fit not only physically but mentally and also allows you to find undiscovered abilities. I have my Swim Australia Teaching of Competitive Swimming Coaching qualification which is allowing me this opportunity. I aim to make coaching fun for children because I believe that not only should training be filled with hard work it should have an easy going fun attitude towards it. I am also currently in year 12 and studying Education support at TAFE, I’m hoping that once I graduate this year I can then peruse a career in teaching.






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