Masters Swimming Queensland Directory

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BRANCH MANAGEMENT BOARD

President
Susanne Milenkevich
president@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Susanne is a member of Masters Swimming Queensland since 2009 and has held various roles at Club, State and National levels since 2010. She served as MSQ VP South from 2018-2021 and served on the Masters Swimming Australia (MSA) National Swim Meet Committee from 2019-2022. She is currently a member of River City Masters Swimming.

Susanne is an avid swimmer and competitor who has participated in events including MSA National Championships since 2017, World Master Games NZ 2017 and FINA World Championships, South Korea 2019 and Japan 2023.

Susanne has successfully supported and overseen delivery of major Masters Swimming competitions including Pan Pacific Masters Games (PPMG) 2018 and 2022 and MSQ State Championships 2019, 2023 and 2024.

Susanne has had success in business through supporting the start-up of, and later managing, an independent Real Estate agency from 2011-2016. She returned to her career in Corporate IT in 2016 specialising in software test management, where she continues today.

 

Vice President North
Bert Collyer
vpnorth@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Bert is retired, and returned to swimming five years ago, after about fifty years out of the pool. Bert enjoys swimming, especially competition, and has travelled to Brisbane on numerous occasions by train for inter-club competition. Bert is focused on developing MSQ membership and activities in North Queensland. 

 

Vice President Central
Nigel Dalton
vpcentral@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Nigel was born in Northern Ireland and learned to swim on a passenger ship sailing from the UK to Cape Town at the age of seven. His first swimming club was Lusaka Swimming Club, where he excelled in backstroke. Upon returning to Northern Ireland, he continued training at a primary school with a pool, which was rare at the time, and won some Irish competitions. After leaving school, he joined the police and represented the police service in various competitions across the UK and Europe.

Nigel participated in open water swims in the North Channel, Irish Sea, and English Channel but found the cold challenging for long distances. In 2002, his family moved to Queensland, where he became a member of Whitsunday Warriors and later North Mackay Sinkers. He now enjoys open water swimming in the warmer waters of tropical Queensland and competes in various club, state, and national meets.

In 2023, Nigel and his wife, Sue, swam at the World Aquatic Swimming Championships in Japan, combining the event with visits to Sue’s childhood communities and schools. He is keen to encourage more open water swimming through Queensland Masters Swimming alongside pool events, and aims to increase involvement from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and First Nations people in masters swimming.

 

Vice President Sunshine
Neil Newman
vpsunshine@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Neil is a member and President of the Belgravia Masters Swim Team, a reformation of the Caboolture and Districts Masters Swimming Club.

Neil has been a MSQ member since 2012 and held a committee position for most of those years. He has been instrumental in resurrecting the former Caboolture club and securing a strong relationship with Belgravia Leisure to support the “new” and growing club.

Neil has recently retired from work as an electrician but is now performing Lifeguard duties at the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Centre on a casual basis. Competing in triathlon teams as the swimmer for many years led to being convinced to give Masters a try by then coach and MSQ official, Stan Pearson. Many great years of events have followed from that decision.

Neil’s focus is ensuring Masters Swimming grows, and he looks forward to promoting new ideas to keep Masters Swimming relevant to young and older members.

 

Vice President South
Joerg Rockstroh
vpsouth@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Joerg is passionate about building systems and increasing the efficiency of existing systems to maximize revenue or outcome. Always trying to find a solution and solve problems in a way that works in the real world.

He worked as Senior Product Manager, Chief Business Development Officer, and Head of Marketing for international companies, covering Robotics, IoT, HVAC, electronics development & manufacturing, and automotive industries.

In his roles, Joerg conducted strategic projects for various companies and incorporations in Australia and internationally. His expertise ranges from complete product launches, branding, and exhibitions to strategic business and marketing plans. He planned and delivered product and marketing strategies, geared towards creating demand for new products, and services, brand expansion, and increased market share.

Joerg has served on multiple boards in different roles, lately as Treasurer of the Innovative German Australian Business Alliance. Furthermore, he incorporated the Barbarians Masters Swim Team and is serving as the current president.

 

Treasurer
Nic Carmichael
treasurer@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Nic has been involved in Masters Swimming in Queensland since 2010, after spending most of his childhood involved in junior programs with Surf Life Saving Queensland and Surf Life Saving WA + Surfing.

 Currently he is a member of Element Swimming and River City Masters as well as running his own Open Water social group, the Suttons Beach Sapphires.

 Outside of swimming, Nic has worked in Finance focused roles for over 18 years.  Nic currently works as a Finance Systems Specialist for a range of brands based in Australia and North America. Drawing on his extensive accounting knowledge, Nic provides advice on all aspects of accounting as well as managing the ERP Solutions for each firm.

 

Director of Technical Services
Lori Chaplin
technical@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Lori has over 20 years’ experience as an official for Brisbane Swimming and Swimming Australia, and has worked as a Technical Official representing Australia, NZ and Oceania for the Olympic 10km marathon in Tokyo and the World Short Course Championships held in Melbourne in 2022. Lori enjoys working on pool deck for school and zone swimming competition, elite competition and Masters events.

Lori aims to establish a sustainable future of officiation by providing a pathway of partnership between Masters Swimming Queensland and Swimming Queensland officials to continue to support competitive pathways for all swimmers.

 

Director of Coaching Services
Natasha Bletchly
coaching@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Natasha commenced swimming coaching in 2005 and joined Masters Swimming in 2009. Over this period Natasha has completed multiple courses and accreditations in Learn to Swim from Infants to Adults, Coaching and Masters Swimming. In 2017 Natasha achieved the Masters Swimming QLD Coach of the Year and is currently the Coaching Coordinator and Social Media/Website Coordinator at Albany Creek Masters Swimming Club.

Natasha regularly attends coaching and sporting conferences and workshops. Outside of coaching, Natasha has a decade’s experience in Sales & Events. In her current full time role, she is a Ticketing & Events Account Manager.

Natasha has a passion for helping others achieve their goals in adult swimming, from learn to swim to competitive swimming. With the motto there is no such thing as can’t! I can and I will!

Director of Recording
Martin Banks
recorder@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Martin has been involved with Masters Swimming Qld since joining in 2011. He started the University of Qld Masters club and has built it into the strong club it is today. Martin has extensive experience with the running of swim meets, the use and administration of entry management systems and a thorough knowledge of the operations of Masters Swimming Qld.

He has been a competitive swimmer since his junior years, and still enjoys competing at Swimming Australia meets in addition to Masters’ meets. Martin has worked for nearly 30 years in the IT industry and is currently with the Queensland Department of Education. He leads a team of system integration specialists developing data/information interfaces. He specialises in systems analysis, design, information management and application development.

Director of Risk Management
Emma Maxwell
riskmanager@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Emma has been an active member of the University of Queensland Masters club since 2015 and has attended many swim meets in this time. Emma has been a committed and enthusiastic member of the working group, which plans, organises and runs QUQ’s highly successful masters’ sprint and relay meets.

Outside of swimming, Emma works as a laboratory research scientist, where she is very familiar with the need for stringent safely protocols and procedures and for these to be regularly reviewed and updated. Emma brings a range of skills and experience that will enable her to make a positive contribution to Masters Swimming Queensland in the role of Director of Risk Management.

Director of Programs
Shayne Baker
programs@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Shayne has always had a strong connection with being in, on and around the water from an early age and growing up. Experiencing the unique world of aquatics, be it pool or ocean swimming, boating, water polo, surfing, lifesaving, or snorkelling, the main impact is that he considers himself a waterman.

The critical component of ‘drowning prevention’, has remained a key aspect of his lifestyle to this day and has some relevance with masters swimming and his ongoing involvement with lifesaving.

Joining masters in 2009, he has enjoyed the benefits of the fellowship and fitness that is so widely promoted, serving as President of The Toowoomba Tadpoles through the challenges of COVID (2020-2022). More recently he has become involved with MSA by chairing the national committee reviewing the MSA rules and guidelines for open water swimming.

The challenge now is to offer opportunities for our community of masters’ swimmers beyond the chlorine and saltwater experiences to the wider issues and interests that may provide a stronger connection for members.

 
STAFF

MSQ Business Manager
Christina Scolaro
admin@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Christina is a keen masters’ swimmer and a member of UQ masters. Formerly a teacher, she has happily swapped the classroom for the swimming pool, and now enjoys working with the Masters Swimming Queensland community, maintaining the website, managing membership and communications with our 40+ clubs and approximately 1200 members. She also enjoys travel, ocean swimming, parkrun and photography.

Membership & Registrations
Christina Scolaro
admin@mastersswimmingqld.org.au

Web Content & Social Media
Christina Scolaro
admin@mastersswimmingqld.org.au