Competitive Squads

Coaches


Matt Brown

Matthew Brown

SOPAC Swimming Club Head Coach Senior Performance Squad Coach

Matthew’s career in sport began as an athlete, representing Australia in swimming as an AIS scholarship holder. After graduating with a Bachelor of Sport Science degree from the University of New South Wales in 1996, Matthew decided to pursue a career as a coach.
Matthew’s coaching career began at Caringbah under the guidance of renowned surf coach Kevin Nielson. This experience allowed Matthew to expand his coaching skills, and he was subsequently offered the head coach position at Hurstville Aquatic Centre.
Matthew went on to work as head coach at Bexley Swimming Centre before taking a position as Director of Swimming / High Performance coach at Trinity Grammar School from 2002 to 2019. In his time at Trinity Grammar School he coached numerous athletes to win a total of 56 gold medals at Australian Age Championships. He led the Trinity team to win their first CAS Swimming Championship for the first time in 38 years and then led them to a record breaking 13 consecutive titles. In this time he was selected on the Australian team for the 2010 and 2012 world short course championship. Also in 2012 he toured the world on the Fina World Cup series to coach the 2012 FINA World Cup Male champion. In 2013 he was awarded the ASCTA Australian Age group Coach of the year. Also in this time Matthew was an integral part in the design, development and construction of a new swimming centre that included a state of the art indoor 50m pool and a refurbished 25m indoor pool. He was also a regular coach on numerous Australian and NSW teams that toured the world.

Matthew joins the SOPAC coaching team in 2020, driven to build this club into a top performing age and open age program.

Coaching Appointments
Australian Swimming Team

  • 2016 Oceania Championships, Fiji
  • 2013 FINA World Junior Championships, Dubai
  • 2012 FINA World Short Course Championships, Istanbul
  • 2012 FINA World Cups Australian Youth Team, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore
  • 2012 Oceania Championships, Noumea
  • 2011 Mare Nostrum Tour, Barcelona & Canet
  • 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Hawaii
  • 2010 FINA World Short Course Championships, Dubai
  • 2008 Trans-Tasman Coaching Staff
  • 2001 Assistant coach National Individual Medley Camp Maroochydore QLD
  • 2000 Assistant Coach for the Australian Oceania Championships New Zealand

New South Wales Institute of Sport

  • 2012 US Open Tour Head Coach
  • 2008- current Coaching staff
  • 2001-2002 Coaching Staff

New South Wales Swimming  

  • 2016 Japan Open
  • 2015 Team to North Queensland Grand Prix
  • 2009 & 2012 Coach Australian Age Short Course Teams
  • 2008 Team Coach to the New Zealand Age Championships
  • 2000 Coach for Germany and England tour

 

Adam Kable

Adam Kable

NSW High Performance Hub Coach

Having coached high-performance athletes at Sydney Olympic Park since 2011, Adam Kable leads the Olympic Park Performance Hub's coaching team. He is a four-time consecutive winner of the NSW Swimming Coach of the Year award and has guided athletes onto each and every Australian swimming team, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Cup events, and more. In 2019 alone, the NSWIS coach guided one athlete to a world-record performance and a world championship gold and silver medal.

Adam’s philosophy involves connecting with each athlete as a person and developing an individual performance plan to help them achieve their goals. This plan combined with a strong squad culture built on ownership and accountability has driven the squad to be one of the best in the nation.

Adam holds an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy and a Master of Education in Coach Education.

Coaching Appointments

  • 2019 World Championships Australian Team Coach
  • 2018 Pan Pacs Australian Team Coach
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Australian Team Coach
  • 2017 World Championships Australian Team Coach
  • 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships Australian Team Coach
  • 2015 World Junior Championships Australian Team Coach
  • 2015 Australian Rio Protocol Camp Coach
  • 2014 FINA Youth Program Mentor Coach
  • 2014 Lead Coach Australian National Talent ID Squad
  • 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Australian Team Coach

 

Ryan Frost

Ryan Frost

National Age Performance Squad Coach

Ryan learnt how to swim at the age of 10 where he quickly developed to qualify for his first state age championships at the age of 12. In the years to follow he competed at state and national age and open level in the 400m and 1500m Freestyle, 200m Fly, 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM. In 2006, Ryan began teaching learn to swim and coaching mini squads, which he continued for the next 6 years. Ryan finished his own swimming career at age 19 and began studying PD/H/PE teaching at University. After 2 years out of the water, and missing competitive swimming, he made the decision to progress from learn to swim. Ryan became a competitive coach with his local swimming club to continue his passion of competitive swimming in a different capacity.

Ryan spent four years as assistant coach, during which time he trained swimmers from junior level squads through to junior and age state level competitors. His passion continued to grow for competitive swimming. After completing his Physical Education degree, Ryan made the decision to return to University and undertake a Sports and Exercise Science degree with the aim of becoming a high-performance coach. In 2016 he took on the role of national age head coach where he was able to apply his skills and knowledge and help swimmers achieve at a state and national age level.

 

Coaching Appointments

  • Bronze Licence Coach
  • Former State/National Age and Open Swimmer
  • Bachelor’s degree in health science (PD/H/PE, Sports and Exercise Science)
  • Total of 15 years’ experience teaching and coaching in aquatics and water safety
  • Coached swimmers to Junior State medallists and record holder
  • Coached swimmers to Junior Sharks team
  • Coached 3 swimmers to Emerging Talent Squad
  • Coached swimmers to Senior State gold, silver and bronze medallists
  • 4 years as area development coach
  • Coached National Age finalists (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Coached State team qualifiers (2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Daniel Benvenuti

Daniel Benvenuti

State Age Competition Squad Coach

Daniel has been a long time regular at Sydney Olympic Park, starting off his swimming career in the parents and babies’ classes, and later re-joining in the learn to swim levels. He quickly worked his way into squads at the age of 13, and soon after qualified for the State Championships in the 14 years 100 Breaststroke. Throughout the next year Daniel qualified for the 100m and 200m Breaststroke, the 100m Butterfly and the 200m IM at the State Age Championships.

Later in his career he attended his first National Championships in Brisbane in 2012 and continued to qualify for National Age and Open events until he retired from competitive swimming at 19. Daniel then went on to teach learn to swim for 5 years at Sydney Olympic Park, where he took a role as a mini squad coach, quickly progressing up to junior squad. He has worked his way up, over time, to be the State coach at Sydney Olympic Park. Daniel has completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree.

Coaching Appointments

  • Development coaching license
  • Teacher of competitive strokes (Austswim)
  • Former state, national age, and open qualifier
  • Swim teacher for 8 years
  • Coached metropolitan medallist’s
  • Coached state medallist’s

Portray of Aquatic Coach, Pancha Thambo

Pancha Thambo

Junior Competition Squad Coach

Pancha is a highly experienced coach who has been coaching successfully for over 30 years. In this time he has coached many State and National age champions. Pancha has also been the development coach of many outstanding swimmers  who have continued on to international competitions. He started coaching in Southern California in 1984 before moving to Riyadh to work in the British International school.

He has also been the lead coach of Junior State programs at SOPAC (formally SAC Seals) and MLC Marlins, when these clubs won the NSW junior state point scores. Pancha was also Head Coach of PLC School and guided the school team to 8 victories in the prestigious NSW independent  Girls’ Swimming association between 2006- 2017. He comes back to SOPAC with a passion to develop the next generation of outstanding swimmers.
 
Pancha is an avid fan of Cricket and Soccer, but he is most passionate about coaching swimming.  

Coaching Appointments / Achievements:

  • Level 2 Silver Advanced Coach
  • Multiple NSW Swimming Teams
  • NSWIS scholarship holder coach
  • 1st National Age Gold Medallist 2007
  • NSW Junior State Championships, Point Score Champions (Lead Coach)
  • Senior Assistant Coach Lane Cove (2018-2021)
  • Head Swimming Coach Presbyterian Ladies College 2006-2017
  • Junior Head Coach MLC Marlins 2002-2006
  • Junior Head Coach SAC Seals (SOPAC) 1998-2001

 

 

 Headshot of Swimming Coach Alana Francis

Alana Francis

Transition Competition Squad Coaches
Alana began swimming at the age 4 and worked her way into mini squads by the age of 8. She began competing at age 13 and quickly became a butterfly specialist, making qualifying times for 100m and 200m butterfly at State Age Championships, as well as 5km open water State Age Championships. At age 18, Alana swapped racing for teaching and began her career in learn to swim where she taught a range of ages and levels, from children as young as 6 months, to kids starting in mini squads.

After teaching learn to swim for 5 years, Alana has ventured into the world of coaching competitive strokes. Alana has recently completed a Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Master of Public Health with Distinction at the University of Wollongong and has recently been accepted into the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics which will assist her in pursuing a career as a sports dietitian where she hopes to work with and assist young athletes.

Coaching Appointments

  • Teacher of stroke development (Swim Australia)
  • Former state, and open water state qualifier
  • Swim teacher for 5 years
  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science
  • Master of Public Health with Distinction