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Aquatic Centre Manager and Head Coach appointed at Sunshine Coast Grammar School

Date: September 1, 2017    Posted by: Sophie Thompson

Sunshine Coast Grammar School is excited to announce the appointment of Aquatic Centre Manager and Head Coach, Luke Stafford.

Before his appointment at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Luke has spent the last 5 years at St Rita’s College in Brisbane in a similar role. At St Rita’s Luke formed the Acqua Rosa Clayfield Swimming Club, taking it from a Division 3 Brisbane club to Division 1 in just three years. Under Luke’s guidance, the St Rita’s College Swim Team has also seen extensive improvement in it’s CaSSSA Cup results placing third each year between 2013-2016 and second in 2017.

Prior to his tenure at St Rita’s, Luke spent 5 years coaching at Somerville House where he was the Head Coach of the Andrew’s Cup team and the River City Masters Swimming Club, which boasted numerous state and national medalists and record holders.

Luke also spent seven years at the Queensland Academy of Sport as an Athlete Career and Education Advisor, helping Queensland’s Olympic athletes prepare for life after sport.

At club level Luke has coached swimmers that have competed at regional, state, national age, national open levels, and was a coach on the Queensland team that travelled to Singapore and Japan for the FINA World Cup events in 2016.

Over the past ten years, Luke has been involved as a Coach or Manager on numerous Brisbane and Queensland swim teams. An elite swimmer himself, making finals at national and world cup events and winning numerous state titles in Queensland and South Australia the swimming arena has always been Luke’s passion.

Luke says, “I am humbled by this opportunity to become a part of the Sunshine Coast community and can’t wait to share my knowledge and passion for swimming at the amazing new Sunshine Coast Grammar School Aquatic Centre”.

Luke is a Silver Licenced Swimming Coach and has a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Athletes from Victoria University.

Relocating from Brisbane, Luke and his wife Trudee have a seven-year-old son, Kody, and a six-year-old daughter, Teagan, and look forward to becoming part of the Grammar family and enjoying the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

Luke will take up this role from Term 4 2017.


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