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Ross Gage

CEO

Qualified in Human Movements (Education), Ross has evolved from a successful swimming teacher and coach, into an industry consultant, a swim journal co-editor, a swim centre manager/swim school owner, and the CEO of the Australian Swim Schools Association. A regular Keynote Speaker, Ross has been extensively recognised for his industry involvement, receiving the “Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Swimming in Australia”, and the “Meritorious Service to the Teaching of Swimming in Australia” awards.

Emily McNeill

Events & Inclusion Manager

A graduate of Bond University with a Bachelor of Sports Management, not only has Emily medalled in the pool and in Open water – at both State and National level – she’s also obtained skills as a learn-to-swim teacher and coach at The Southport School (TSS) on the Gold Coast. Here she assisted in realigning the learn-to-swim system, and created a ‘feeder’ stage for kids transitioning from learn-to-swim to mini squad. Emily presents a unique set of skills, ideal for her diverse and crucial role at the Australian Swim Schools Association, as the Events and Inclusion Manager.

Nicala Harris

National Office Manager

Developing her business foundations within the banking world, Nicala quickly proved her true resourcefulness, as a Channel 7 Executive Assistant to the Company Secretary – a position she held for 11 years. With a strong interest in sport, Nicala has also shone in the pool as a Swim School Teacher and Deck Supervisor, where she taught for 14 years. With acute attention to detail, extensive business skill sets, and a detailed understanding of the swim industry, Nicala’s management role at the Australian Swim Schools Association is crucial to the daily operations, and success, of this peak industry body.