Nunawading has many experienced and accomplished coaches lead by Head Coach Dean Bryant, High Performance Coach Scott Talbot and Head Junior Coach Sarah Scott.
A brief biography of each coach who contributes to our Club program is provided below.
Scott Talbot – High Performance Coach
Nunawading welcomed Scott Talbot as High Performance Coach in September 2016. Scott has over 17 years of international level swimming experience, is a 2-time Olympian (as an athlete) and has more recently, coached athletes to the last 2 Olympic Games.
Scott is a gold licensed Coach and has a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Psychology. He is a Life Member of the North Shore Swimming Club in New Zealand and was named 2010 New Zealand Swimming Coach of the year.
Scott began coaching junior athletes whilst pursuing his own swimming career, he soon progressed to coaching age groupers and open athletes and produced athletes who gained a total of 6 Commonwealth, 2 Pan Pacific, 4 World Junior Championship and 1 World Championship Medals during this time.
Since 2013 Scott has been the coach of the Sydney University Swim Club, who were named a Swimming Australia Podium Centre in 2014 and 2015.
Scott coaches the High Performance Squad.
Dean Bryant – Head Coach & Coach of the National Blue Squad
Dean has 18 years of coaching experience and has been an integral part of the Nunawading Coaching Team for the past 10. In that time, he has progressed through the ranks from Head Junior Coach, to Head Age Coach and now to the Head Coach. Dean oversees the entire club and squad program and works closely with the coaching team to ensure Nunawading provides the most dynamic, motivating and innovative squad program in Australia. Dean coaches the National Blue Squad.
A Silver Licensed Coach with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Dean has a proven track record of coaching athletes at Age and Open national level with athletes in his squad achieving over 50 Australian Age medals and 7 Australian records. He is also actively involved with both the Swimming Victorian and Swimming Australia development and Talent ID squads, and has been the Head Coach of the Victorian Women’s State team at the past 2 State Team Championships.
Dean has also been the recipient of the Swimming Victoria Age Group Coach of the Year award in both the 2007-08 and 2013-14 seasons.
Melissa Klamt – Coach of National Red Squad
Mel has been involved with the Nunawading Swimming Club for over 20 years, as a swimmer, a swim teacher and began coaching in the Club’s Scholarship coach position in 2007. Mel coaches the National Red Squad and also assistants coaches with other squads within the club.
Mel is a Silver Licence coach who has successfully coached swimmers to Australian Age and Open National, and State Age and Open Championship standards.
Mel has been a member of our Age Nationals team for the past 8 years. Mel has had success at the Australian Age Championships and Australian SC Championships as well as coaching swimmers to compete internationally at the Maccabi Games (Tel Aviv 2009), World Dwarf Games (Belfast 2009) and the Australian Youth Paralympics Games (2009). Mel attended the World Deaf Swimming Championships (San Antonio, Texas 2015) and the Deaflympics (Samsun, Turkey, 2017) as the Australian Team Coach.
Mel has also been involved with the Swimming Victoria Development Program as Junior Development Squad Assistant Coach (07/08), Target 2012 Bronze Squad Assistant Coach (09/10), Multi-class Development Squad Scholarship Coach (10/11) and Open Water Squad Coach (2014). Mel currently assists with the Swimming Victoria Talent ID (TID) and Performance Squads.
Mel has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and in 2016 completed her PhD.
In 2017 Mel was named a life member of the Nunawading Swimming Club in recognition for her commitment to the club over the last 20 plus years.
Mel works under Dean Bryant, our Head Coach, and is a valuable member of our Coaching Team.
Sarah Scott- Head Junior Coach and Coach of National Age Development Squad
Sarah joined Nunawading in 2015 having worked as a Coach and swim school teacher in Perth since 2003.
In October 2017 Sarah was appointed Head Junior Coach of the Nunawading Swimming Club.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in 2017 majoring in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. In the future she would like to further gain both a Masters in Strength and Conditioning alongside a Diploma of Clinical Pilates.
Sarah is the Coach of the National Age Development Squad and also assists within other squads in the Club.
Sarah is a bronze licence coach and is currently working towards her silver licence having attended the course in 2017.
Liz Williams – Coach of State Age & Hanson Squads – Wesley
Liz has developed her Swimming knowledge through our Just Swimming Swim School Program. She has shown a keen eye for swimming technique and has an enthusiastic outlook for developing talented swimmers. Liz coaches our State Age and Hanson Squads at Wesley.
Liz creates a positive environment for young swimmers to learn the skills required for Squad training. Liz has established a fun and challenging way of educating swimmers.
Liz has completed her Bronze Licence.
Liz is guided by Dean Bryant, our Head Coach, and is a valuable asset within our Coaching Team.
Bob Edwards – Coach of State Age Squad- Tintern
Bob is a young enthusiastic coach who coaches the State Age squad at Tintern. Bob has a high focus on correct technique and is involved in educating swimmers about competition as well as making continued improvements technically with his squad.
Bob has his Bronze coaching licence .
He is also a qualified level 1 strength and conditioning coach and is currently working on the final requirements to gain his level 2 accreditation. He is currently completing a sport and exercise science degree.
Bob was a coach on the Swimming Victoria Country development squad camps in 2013 and 2014 and the Bronze development squad camp in 2015. He has also assisted as a coach at JX training days over the last 5 years.
Bob has a passion to learn and is focused on improvement from his athletes. Bob works under the guidance of Dean Bryant, our Head Coach and is an important member of our Coaching Team.
Aaron Whelan – Coach of State Youth & Wesley Junior Squads
Aaron is the coach of the State Youth squad and the Wesley Junior squad. As a swimmer, Aaron competed for Nunawading at a state level for five years. Aaron has an AUSTSWIM qualification and has been teaching swimmers within the Just Swimming program since 2011.
Aaron has demonstrated incredible organisation as a team leader with Just Swimming and as a coach. Aaron is currently competing his bronze coaching license and is studying Architecture at university.
Aaron fosters a positive team environment and brings a great level of motivation to our coaching team.
Clare MacDonald- Coach of Hanson and Junior Squads- Tintern
Clare is the coach of the Hanson and Junior Squads within the Tintern satellite program.
As a former Nunawading State level swimmer for 5 years, Clare will combine her experience as an athlete with her enthusiasm and welcoming personality to take on the role as the Tintern Coach.
Clare has worked within the Just Swimming program since 2015, currently holds an Austswim qualification and is working towards her Bronze coaching licence. Outside of swimming Clare is studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science.
Grace Addison- Coach of Hanson and Armstrong Squads- Nunawading
Grace is the coach of the Hanson and Armstrong squads at Nunawading.
Grace started coaching in a scholarship coaching role at Nunawading in 2016 after working as a learn to swim teacher for 5 years.
She holds a current bronze license and is enthusiastic about her role in developing the skills of young athletes within the Nunawading Club program.
As a former competitive swimmer herself, Grace understands the importance of combining fun and enjoyment in training with the development of skills and technique and strives to give every new athlete the most enjoyable experience they can have in the sport of swimming.
Outside of the pool Grace is currently studying a Bachelor of applied sciences and a Masters of Prosthetics and Orthotics.