ACADEMY SWIM SQUADS

Whether you’re a performance athlete that races at the highest level, or swim for fitness, there’s an Academy Swim Squad to suit your goals!

Delivered by the UQ Sport Academy, each Squad follows a structured training and competition plan, designed to help you further develop your swimming skills across all areas.

All squad sessions include Strength and Conditioning training, tailored to the individual’s level.

Want to join an Academy Swim Squad? Email us to arrange an evaluation with one of our fully qualified coaches.

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What are the options?

MAKO SHARKS SQUAD

The Mako Sharks Squad is aimed to help junior swimmers develop their skills across all technical areas, with a key focus on stroke development and medley swimming.

Swimmers must be competent in all four strokes, and possess good aerobic capacity in order to be challenged in each session.

Mako Sharks provides an introduction to training for competition at development and regional level swim meets, as a competitor for the UQ Swimming Club. Swimmers will continue to refine their technique and skills, and be introduced to more advanced squad-based training sessions, as well as learn about training intensities and race plans.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Mako Sharks Squad. Not a member? Find out how to join the club!

Ages: 8-13 years
Coach: Caterina Brighi
Minimum Training Requirement: Three sessions per week

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BULL SHARKS SQUAD

Open to all high school-aged swimmers, the Bull Sharks Squad is ideal for those wishing to continue their swimming for fitness or competition purposes, but may not have the time or desire to fully commit to an intensive program. 

Bull Shark swimmers are not required to attend a set number of sessions a week.

UQ Swimming Club membership is optional for Bull Sharks Squad participants.

Ages: 12-18 years
Coach: Sam Armstrong
Minimum Training Requirement: No minimum requirement. Swimmers have the flexibility of attending additional sessions at the discretion of the Squad coach.

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HAMMERHEAD SHARKS SQUAD

The Hammerhead Sharks Squad prepares swimmers for state-level competitions and beyond, with a continued focus on aerobic capacity, technical efficiency, speed, and medley swimming.

Swimmers will continue to refine technique and skill levels with a greater emphasis on aerobic endurance training and race-specific sets. Hammerhead Shark swimmers are also expected to compete in a large repertoire of swimming events.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Hammerhead Sharks Squad. If you’re not already a member, find out how you can join.

Ages: 10-18 years

Coach: Sam Armstrong

Minimum Training Requirement: Five sessions per week.

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TIGER SHARKS SQUAD

Tiger Sharks is a youth performance squad designed to prepare and develop swimmers to perform at state and national age championship meets.

Tiger Shark swimmers are expected to demonstrate established technical skills and an enhanced aerobic base, with in-water training focusing on improving energy systems and race-specific speed.

Swimmers in this Squad are introduced to Academy-led Strength and Conditioning training in a gym environment.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Tiger Sharks Squad. Find out more about joining the club.

Ages: 12-18 years
Coach: David Heyden
Minimum Training Requirement: Seven swim, and two gym sessions per week.

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS SQUAD

Great White Sharks is the UQ Sport Academy's high performance Swim Squad, and is tailored to university-aged swimmers who perform at a national level.

Great White Shark swimmers are exposed to a wide variety of Academy training and support services, including Strength and Conditioning, Sport Science, Nutrition, Sports Psychology, and ‘Personal Excellence’ counselling.

Additionally, UQ student-athletes in the Great White Sharks Squad may be eligible for Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Status, UQ Sporting Scholarships, and the UQ Sport Competition Subsidy.

Participants must be a current member of the UQ Swimming Club to join the Great White Sharks Squad. Not a member? Join the club today!

Ages: 17+ years
Coach: David Heyden
Minimum Training Requirement: Nine swim, and two gym sessions per week. 

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PRICES

MAKO / BULL / HAMMERHEAD SHARKS SQUAD MEMBERSHIPUQ StudentUQ CommPublic
Casual Entry$16.00$16.00$16.00
10 Visit Pass$140.00$140.00$140.00
Fortnightly direct debit (min. 9 payments)$42.00$42.00$42.00
TIGER / GREAT WHITE SHARKS SQUAD MEMBERSHIPUQ StudentUQ CommPublic
Fortnightly direct debit (min. 9 payments)$54.00$60.00$60.00

Meet our team

CATERINA BRIGHI

Swim Coach

Caterina (Cat) joined UQ Sport as a Swim Coach at the start of 2017, and has more than six years’ experience teaching and coaching swimming to both children and adults in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Cat, who holds AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications, has been involved in the swimming industry for most of her life, both as a national-level swimmer and coach.

Cat’s coaching philosophy is strongly linked to her great passion for swimming and love for sports mentality, which reflects on working hard while having fun to achieve personal goals, as well as learning the values of respect, humility, positive attitude, and teamwork.

Away from the pool, Cat carries out her PhD studies in Medical Imaging at UQ. She also enjoys scuba diving, surfing, hiking, photography, dancing, and travelling.

Meet our team

  • CATERINA BRIGHI

    Swim Coach

    Caterina (Cat) joined UQ Sport as a Swim Coach at the start of 2017, and has more than six years’ experience teaching and coaching swimming to both children and adults in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.

    Cat, who holds AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications, has been involved in the swimming industry for most of her life, both as a national-level swimmer and coach.

    Cat’s coaching philosophy is strongly linked to her great passion for swimming and love for sports mentality, which reflects on working hard while having fun to achieve personal goals, as well as learning the values of respect, humility, positive attitude, and teamwork.

    Away from the pool, Cat carries out her PhD studies in Medical Imaging at UQ. She also enjoys scuba diving, surfing, hiking, photography, dancing, and travelling.

  • David Heyden

    Head Swim Coach

    Since 2012, David has been the Head Coach of the UQ Sport Academy Swimming program.

    He has a strong affiliation with UQ, having lived in the local community his whole life, and was instrumental in redeveloping the Swim Squad program after the devastation of the 2011 floods.

    David leads a team of motivated and passionate coaches who oversee an extensive Squad of junior and national-level swimmers.

    David’s coaching philosophy centres on selling the love of swimming, and ensuring swimmers enjoy the sport for a lifetime.

    David holds a Silver ASCTA Coaching Licence, and has coached swimmers to State and National Championships.  In 2017, he was a Coach on the Australian Dolphins Swimming Team for the IPC World Championships.

     

  • KATE HUDSON

    Swim Coach

    Kate has been coaching at the UQ Sport Aquatic Centre since 2017.

    For the past five years, she has been a Learn-to-Swim Teacher and Coach, as well as a national-level competitive swimmer.  

    Kate has a strong love of the water and took up the opportunity to coach as she wanted to share her passion with others.

    She is currently studying Exercise Physiology at UQ, and is a valuable asset to the team.

    When Kate’s not on deck coaching or studying, she can be seen in the pool and training for her new passion – triathlons!

  • ROSIE LENNOX

    Swim Coach

    Rosie began coaching at the UQ Sport Aquatic Centre in 2017, and has over five years’ experience working as a Learn-to-Swim Instructor and Swim Coach at various pools around Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.

    She is an accomplished swimmer and surf life saver, having competed at a national level in both sports.

    Rosie is driven by a passion for aquatic sports and working with children, and enjoys assisting swimmers achieve their goals.

    Rosie is studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education at QUT with a major in Physical Education, and in her spare time loves to be in the water keeping up with her water polo and lifesaving competitions. 

  • SAM ARMSTRONG

    Swim Coach

    Sam joined UQ Sport as a Swim Coach at the start of 2017, and has more than 10 years’ coaching experience with premiership-grade clubs (Commercial Swim Club and River City Rapids Swim Club)

    Sam holds ASCTA Bronze coaching qualifications, and is in the process of finalising her Silver level. Prior to coaching, Sam was an open national-level swimmer, making countless finals for both the 50m and 100m Butterfly.

    Sam’s coaching philosophy stems from the long-term athlete development model developed by Swimming Queensland. She has coached national champions, multiple national qualifiers and state medallists.

    Away from the pool, Sam runs her own business as a Sports Dietitian, assisting a large variety of athletes across many sports and age groups.

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Location

The University of Queensland, Cnr Union Road and Blair Drive, St Lucia, QLD 4067

UQ Sport Aquatic Centre (27)
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 13:15

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