Meet Josh Stapley – Head Swim Coach at Waves

Josh Stapley has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to swimming.

The new Head Swim Coach at the soon-to-be re-opened Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre began his coaching career straight out of school at the Manning Aquatic Centre, located in his hometown of Bathurst. There he also held the position of Head Swim Coach. 

On top of his coaching experience, he has completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Charles Sturt University, which makes him that much more knowledgeable on sports performance. 

Josh said that “taking the role as Head Coach with Waves is a move” he “couldn’t pass up”.

“It’s one of the best aquatic facilities in the state and will help me develop as a coach and allow me to inspire more people to enjoy swimming, and become great athletes,” he said.

Josh’s passion for swimming extends from general participation right up to the elite level.

“My mantra is – ‘I don’t coach swimming, I coach people’, and I love seeing young people develop,” he said. 

“The lessons they learn in swimming will benefit them later in life,” he added.

Josh said that we wanted to provide swimmers with the opportunities, resources and coaching he experienced as an aspiring athlete.

“When I was a junior elite athlete growing up in Bathurst, I had unlimited access to services that helped me develop. I’m keen to make sure junior elite athletes who come to Waves can access all those resources, and high-level coaching is part of that.”

“As a coach, I’m looking forward to helping elite athletes reach their potential, but also encouraging participation in swimming for the whole Hills Shire community.”

In addition to swimming, Josh has participated in triathlons for the past 10 years with a short spell as a professional triathlete.

To join squad swimming at Waves, you need to complete an online assessment and will be assigned to the appropriate level. You will then attend a trial with that level to determine if it is the right fit for you.

The program also includes ongoing assessments of all participants so swimmers can progress to a higher level if they improve over time.

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