Aileen Reid competed in the London and Rio Olympics for Ireland, as well as in Glasgow Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland. Aileen’s consistency as an athlete resulted in her being ranked in the top ten in the world over three consecutive years. As an athlete, Aileen worked alongside some of the world’s top Triathlon coaches and support staff. She endeavours to give back to the sport through encouraging Triathlon Australia’s Youth and Junior athletes to be happy and healthy in their Performance Pathway journey. Aileen is also a qualified HPE teacher and has two young children.
Ashlee Ankudinoff is a dual Olympian and has recently been appointed as the Women’s and Para Cycling Coach at the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). She began coaching through her own business after retiring from professional cycling post the Tokyo Olympics. During her career as an athlete Ashlee was a member of the national cycling team for over ten years, a four-time World Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, and eight-time National Champion.
Ashleigh Meneses is a pathways diving coach with the West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). After a successful international diving career, she switched her attention to coaching and studying pursuits. After completing a diving coaching course she began coaching through private schools, diving clubs, and holiday programs around Victoria. Since moving to Western Australia, she has immersed herself within WA’s elite diving pathway. Ashleigh is currently studying at Bachelor of Primary Education at University.
Ben Walkemeyer has been appointed as the Assistant National ILCA 6 coach for the Australian Sailing Team's Paris 2024 campaign. After competing in the ILCA (Laser) class until 2015, Ben developed his coaching through various roles in WA before joining Australian Sailing as the ILCA 6 Futures Squad coach in 2021, and now as a national team coach.
Bernadette Wallace is an Olympic Paddler working in the South Australian Institute of Sport (SASI) canoe sprint program and a Talent Pathways and Para Coach within the Paddle Australia National Network. Bernadette is a dual World Cup Gold Medallist who competed over a fourteen-year career. She retired from elite paddling after the Tokyo Olympics where she and her paddle partner Josephine Bulmer became the first Australians to compete in the women’s C boat class at an Olympics.
Brooke Kemp is a high-performance swimming coach and an accomplished swimmer herself with state and national podium finishes. After stepping away from the sport for a while, Brooke started coaching when a school swim team in the country town of Busselton was in need of a coach. After experiencing success there, Brooke was appointed as the Head Coach at Rockingham Swimming Club and held this position for five years prior to taking up the Gen 32 coaching role at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS).
Collis Birmingham is a dual Olympian and former elite distance runner, Collis competed across a range of distances during his career as an athlete, ranging from 1500 metres to the half marathon. He is now a coach of elite middle and long-distance athletes. He is based out of the Victorian Institute of Sport while also playing a role with the highly successful Melbourne Track Club.
Danny Kevan is an Athletics Coach with the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). He moved from Manchester, United Kingdom to Australia over five years ago. Danny has established an inclusive squad of sprint, jump, and hurdles athletes including WAIS Scholarship holders and Paralympians Ella Pardy and Rhiannon Clarke.
Elissa Kent is a Netball Development Program coach with the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and previously the Head Coach/Director of Victorian Netball League team, Melbourne University Lightning. A former Netball Championship player herself, Elissa captained Australia for the Fast5 Netball World Series and played for the Queensland Firebirds and Melbourne Vixens. Elissa is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the Cairnmillar Institute. She has a Master of Applied Commerce and Human Resource Management (2006-2007) and a Bachelor of Arts Psychology & History (2003-2005) from the University of Melbourne.
Emilee Barton (nee Cherry) is a former Australian Rugby 7s player and the assistant coach of the Australian Women's Sevens program. Emilee was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a match winner in Australia's first World Series triumph in 2015-16, and the first Australian to win World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2014. She transitioned into coaching after retiring as an elite athlete in 2021 and was involved as an assistant coach in the 2022 World Cup, Commonwealth Games, and World Series gold medals. Emilee holds a degree in Health, Sport and Physical Education from the University of Queensland.
Ethan Topalovic is a Freestyle Mogul Skiing coach based in Jindabyne, with over a decade of competition experience in both dual mogul and single mogul events at an international level. Along with his passion for the sport, he brings five years of coaching experience at the pathway level to his athletes. Growing up, Ethan's father was the head coach of the mogul program at NSWIS, giving him a deep understanding of the skills and techniques needed for athletes to excel.
Hally Chapman is a New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) rowing coach based out of Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre. Hally has coached all levels of rowing including school, club, state and national teams where she has coached crews to numerous titles in each category. She began coaching in 2006 and served her coaching apprenticeship at UTS Rowing Club under the guidance of world-renowned rowing coach, Tim Mclaren. Hally has coached both men and women over the last two decades (sweep and sculling) and has coached on under-21 and under-23 national teams.
Hongbo Liang has been working with Table Tennis Australia for over three years, overseeing the daily training environment for NSW based National Squad members, coaching at national training camps, and assisting at national events. To his credit, nearly half of the junior national squad members came through his coaching. Originally from China, Hongbo was a high-level player himself, representing Heilongjiang Province and then playing as a professional in Japan. His ultimate goal is to secure the first Olympic medal in table tennis for Australia.
Jackson Holtham is a Snowboard Cross coach with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS). He started his coaching career as a snowboard instructor at Thredbo Resort in 2014. Jackson has worked closely with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) Snowboard Cross team over the last twelve months and helped coach Australia to a Junior World Championships gold medal in the mixed team event in 2023.
James Greathead is a Performance Triathlon Coach with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS). James has over 17 years of experience coaching swimming and was the Head Coach of the McKeon’s Swim Centre and Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club between 2014 and 2022. Over this period James guided one of his swimmers to a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team in the 10km Open Water event. In addition, James has also placed swimmers onto the Australian Junior World Championship and Junior Pan Pacific swim teams. As an athlete, James competed in swimming, road cycling, middle distance running and triathlon. This broad experience and interest in elite endurance sport along with his desire to create environments that optimise for the development of individual potential was a key driver in pursuing a coaching career in high performance sport and in particular, a Gen32 scholarship role within Triathlon.
Jamie Green is the High Performance Development Coach with Athletics Australia’s wheelchair racing program. Jamie comes from a high performance track cycling background with experience as both an athlete and coach at state and national level. He holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Sports Coaching/Bachelor of Human Nutrition and has experience working as a private strength and conditioning coach. Jamie aims to bring his passion for high performance sport to guide and collaborate with the next generation of Australian athletes.
Jared Tallent is an Olympic Gold Medallist and an Athletics Australia High Performance Development Coach for the walk events. He recently accompanied five of his athletes at the Asian 20km Race Walking Championships, where two of his athletes achieved 2023 World Championship and 2024 Paris Olympic qualifying times. Jared is Australia’s most decorated Olympic male track and field athlete; at the London 2012 Games he claimed gold in the 50km race walk, with silver medals in the same event in 2008 and 2016, as well as a bronze from the 20km race walk in Beijing. Jared is also a three-time silver World Championship medallist, six-time World Race Walking Cup medallist, and a Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist.
Jay Thompson is a former World Tour Surfing Athlete and now devotes his time to the next generation of Australian athletes. He is the Director and head coach at MAP surf coaching business and a National Talent Pathways Coach at Surfing Australia. Between 2016-2022 he spent 3 years as lead Coach at the World ISA junior titles. Jay has taken young aspiring surfers from a grassroots level to World title contention.
Kat Smith is the newly appointed Head Coach of the A-league Women’s Western Sydney Wanderers football team. Kat has also worked as a lead scout for the Matildas at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and as a Junior National Team Assistant Coach and Performance Analyst. Between 2013 and 2019, she was the Assistant Coach of the A-league Women’s team, Melbourne Victory and was a SEDA College Teacher and Coach on the Melbourne Victory High-Performance Program between 2010 and 2022. Kat holds an AFC Pro Licence, a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from RMIT, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) from Deakin University.
Kate Jenner is a dual Olympian and Hockey Coach with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS). After making her Hockeyroos debut in 2010, Kate played 138 internationals over her career as an elite hockey player. She represented Australia at the London 2012 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is a Delhi 2010 & Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 2014 World Cup silver medallist. Kate’s coaching career began during 2016 as a Regional Coaching Coordinator with Hockey NSW.
Leah Blayney has held the position of Head Coach of the Young Matildas since 2019 and was the Assistant Coach in the three years previous. Leah represented Australia in 16 ‘A’ international matches between 2004 and 2006, playing professionally in Australia, the United States, and Sweden. She has acted as a second assistant with the Matildas as part of the FFA Female Coach Mentor Program and has held lead scout roles for Australia at the Rio Olympics and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Leah has also worked as head coach of football New South Wales’ NTC team and as an Assistant in the A-league. Leah was the first female Australian coach to take a youth team to a World Cup, and the first female to have played in two and coached in one. Leah is the current technical lead of the Future Matildas Program, U/20 Head Coach and U/23 Assistant Coach. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education from Central Connecticut State University (2007-2009).
Leigh Godfrey is a 2020 Olympian and Softball WA’s High Performance Lead Coach. As part of her role, she manages Softball Australia's new Performance Training Centre program in Western Australia. Leigh has played professionally and attended division one college in America on a scholarship for softball. She represented Australia at a senior level for over 15 years, which included selection in 5 World Championships (this included winning two bronze medals).She represented WA at the National Championships for over 20 years, this included winning 3 National Championships. Leigh is the first player ever to represent Australia at a World Championships in Baseball and Softball in the same calendar year. She won a bronze medal at each event. Leigh has now transitioned into coaching and is working on both Softball Australia and Softball WA High Performance teams. She has recently been appointed the U19 Australian Head Coach for this year.
Lily Foster is a Diving Development Program Coach with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). She has been involved in the sport of Diving for over 12 years and has represented Australia on several occasions. Lily holds a degree in Journalism and has worked as a Social Sports Producer at pinnacle sporting events including Tokyo 2020. During her time as an athlete, Lily coached at club level before immersing herself into the High-Performance Diving pathway with the AIS Gen32 Program.
Lynsey Clarke started her Coaching Career as a Club Junior Coach in 2014 and has been a National Pathways Coach with Bowls Australia since 2020. She has also been part of the Australian Jackaroo Bowls team as an athlete for nearly twenty years. Lynsey began bowling in 1995 and has had 440 international appearances over her career to date. Some of her career highlights include holding the Australian Team Captaincy between 2011 – 2018, winning Commonwealth Games Gold in the Pairs (2006) and Silver in Triples (2014), a World Championships Gold in the Fours (2008) and Triples (2012), and Bronze in the Pairs (2008). Aside from her sporting career, Lynsey is also a proud mum of two and in the Griffith University Hall of Fame.
Nicole Parks is a 2014 Winter Olympian and a Freestyle Mogul Coach with the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS). Nicole began her coaching career in Trampoline and Gymnastics, coaching intermediate level between 2009 and 2018. She began coaching Mogul Skiing events in 2017 after retiring from her decade-long career as an elite freestyle skier. Nicole holds a level 2 qualification from the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and a level 3 qualification as an Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors.
Rebecca Stafford is a High Performance Diving Coach with the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and an accomplished diver herself with state titles and national podium finishes. Rebecca was on the NCAA Varsity Diving Team at Youngstown State University between 2012 and 2017. From 2017 to 2019 she was the Head Diving Coach at RAPS Diving Club in Brisbane. She then took up the Graduate Assistant Diving Coach role at Pennsylvania State University between 2019 and 2022 while completing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student-athlete Wellbeing.
Rowie Webster is a triple Olympian, 2012 Bronze Medalist, and Head Coach of Australian Water Polo League team Victorian Phoenix. Rowie played on the Australian Women’s Water Polo Team from 2009 to 2021 and was Captain from 2017 to 2021, including at the Tokyo Olympics. During her athletic career she played over 300 games for Australia and is one of only three women in Australian Water Polo history to achieve this. Rowie retired after the Tokyo Olympics, transitioning into her coaching career. She is a member of the Australian Olympic Athlete Committee, Australian Institute of Sport Athlete Commission, and holds a Bachelor of Physical Education, Secondary Teaching from Deakin University.
Shara Romer is a highly accomplished boxing coach who began her coaching career in 2010. She quickly attained her AIBA Star 1 and 2 and Cuts persons accreditation through Boxing Australia and went on to coach at numerous international camps and competitions. Shara has achieved many milestones throughout her career including the role of support coach at the Rio Olympics, assistant coach at the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games, and being the first female Australian amateur coach to do so. In 2022 Shara joined CombatAus under the National Generation 2032 Coach Program, working closely with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) to develop a pathway to the 2032 Olympics, with sights set on achieving goals for the upcoming Paris Games. Shara's accomplishments in the sport are a testament to her hard work, dedication, and passion.
Shayne Watson is the National Pathways Coach with Baseball Australia and has been coaching within the performance pathway, at various levels, over the last 8 years and holds a level 2 ASCA accreditation. Shayne played in the US College system between 2001 and 2003 and in the Australian National Baseball League for the Brisbane Bandits between 2010 and 2015. Prior to his current role with Baseball Australia, he was the High Performance Manager with Baseball Queensland. Shayne is the current assistant coach of the Australian Senior Men's team and U18 Men's team in addition to being the assistant coach of the Brisbane Bandits.