Masters Swimming Queensland Directory

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Susanne Milenkevich

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 soon 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 and 2023.

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

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 looking forward to becoming more involved in MSQ matters.


Vice President Central
Dan Stampa

Dan has been a long-term member of the North Mackay Sinkers and is the current president with a supporting executive to keep the club active and contemporary.

Dan finds both pool and open water swims appealing and has swum longer events such as the “Bloody Big Swim” in Port Phillip Bay (Melb), Great Keppel Island swim and the Magnetic to Townsville swim as a team member. Another solo crossing in the Magnetic to Townsville swim is back on the radar to keep training focussed.

Organising the clubs annual Short Course and OWS events as meet director has provided regional opportunities for local swimmers to test their skills.

With the 2023 State Championships to be held in Mackay a step into the VP role will assist in providing a framework for a successful event.


Vice President Sunshine
Neil Newman

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 will be on ensuring Masters Swimming grows, and he looks forward to promoting new ideas to keep Masters Swimming relevant to young and older members.


Acting Vice President South
Joerg Rockstroh

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.


Nic Carmichael

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

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.


Co-Director of Coaching Services
Bruce Allender

Bruce has swum all his life, learning in Sri Lanka, then growing up in Western Australia involved in life saving, water polo, and open water and pool competitive swimming. 

After a corporate life, and by now masters swimming, he was also coaching Masters Swimming and officiating with Masters Swimming Victoria, MSV Director of Coaching and on the MSA National Coaching Committee (NCC). 

A sea change to the Sunshine Coast has him continue open water and pool swimming at a very leisurely pace. Bruce is a MSQ Technical Official and Co-Director of Coaching Services (with Fiona McDonald). He remains on the NCC.

Co-Director of Coaching
Fiona McDonald

Fiona has a lifetime love of swimming and coaching, was co-founder of Belgravia Masters, and their coach for the past 3 years. Fiona is located on the Sunshine Coast at the Caloundra Aquatic Centre.

First joining Masters Swimming in 2000, Fiona also raced ironman triathlon for 15 years.

Fiona LOVES coaching, and is passionate and devoted to swimmer and coach development.

Fiona is looking forward to her new role and bringing some exciting programs to masters’ swimmers and coaches.

Director of Recording
Martin Banks

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

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

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.


MSQ Business Manager
Christina Scolaro

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 ocean swimming, parkrun and photography.

Membership & Registrations
Christina Scolaro

Web Content & Social Media
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