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The Academy

The UQ Sport Academy is one of Queensland’s premier providers of high performance services and programs to elite-level athletes, teams and coaches!

The Academy offers strength and conditioning, sports science testing, coaching workshops, athlete counselling and more – supporting the likes of 200+ EAFU-classified student-athletes, and upwards of 60 Sporting Scholarship recipients, who compete at a state, national and international level.

Need to get fitter, faster or stronger? The UQ Sport Academy’s here to help!

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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.

     

Get the Details

Location

The University of Queensland, Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia, QLD, 4067

07 3346 6243
uqsportacademy@uqsport.com.au

Grandstand, Playing Field No. 5 (29A)