OUR COACHES

Dion Mepham, Siobhan Wilkins, Clark Carlson and Lara Bodey are quality swimming coaches with many years of experience between them.  

 

They follow the club philosophy that the swimmer comes first.

Dion Mepham

Appointed Head Coach of Trinity College in 2004, Dion formed Western Sprint SC shortly after and has . He has coached extensively, across the complete spectrum of the sport, from setting up the Learn-to-swim through to coaching elite athletes on Australian teams.

Dion has coached Australia at the World University Games and Oceania Championships, as well as many youth teams. He has coached Western Australia at National Championships, State Teams, Pacific School Games and School Sport.

Having coached swimmers to over 100 National Championship medals and hundreds of State titles in the last 30 years, his experience has led to a deep mechanical understanding of movement patterns which are adopted by International water polo, lifesaving and surf athletes as well as pool swimmers.

Dion believes strongly in holistic coaching techniques that focus on elevating the wellbeing of the athlete above all else. Impeccable technical mechanics, balanced with insightful training methods, develop purposeful and engaged athletes, who excel beyond expectations.

He is convinced that engaging properly in the Western Sprint programme will not only produce a better athletic outcome but will provide the athlete with a series of life skills that last long beyond a ‘swimming career’.

Clark Carlson

Clark Carlson has had great success growing clubs. As Head Coach for Tuart Hill SC, Clark took them from D division to A division in just five years plus tripled the club membership. He has brought his enthusiasm and love of swimming to Western Sprint  and aims to bring out the best in our swimmers regardless of ability or ambition. 

 

Clark possesses an inclusive coaching style that focuses on perfecting skills and technique in a fun and exciting way. His continuous encouragement and dedication has already brought some excellent results to our swimmers.

 

Clark holds a passion for development of swimming at all levels and actively promotes participation and enjoyment of swimming across the community through the development and support of school programs.

Siobhan Wilkins

Siobhan joined the coaching team with Western Sprint in 2018 and is a former National swimmer of the club. Siobhan’s love of swimming began back as a junior where she competed at a State and National level across her swimming career. Siobhan competed at her first National back in 2007 and continued to compete at each Nationals in the years following. Siobhan won a number of state gold medals across her career in events such at the 50 Backstroke/Freestyle, 100 Backstroke/Freestyle and 200 Backstroke/ Freestyle. Siobhan has continued swimming into adulthood and now competes as a master swimmer. She recently competed in the 2018 Masters Swimming Australia National Championships where she won 6 gold medals in her age group.  

Siobhan thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge of swimming with Junior swimmers and this encouraged her to commence working with Western Sprint as a coach. Coaching enables Siobhan to give back to the community and work with younger swimmers to encourage them to achieve their goals and swim to the best of their ability.

Aside from her work with Western Sprint, Siobhan also coaches with the Trinity College Interschool Swim Team (and previously their Junior School Squads), and a variety of Masters Swimming Programs for adults.

Lara Bodey

Lara is a former state butterfly and backstroke champion who joined our coaching team in 2017. She has swum at National level and has a wealth of swimming experience. Lara manages the junior squads and develops our younger swimmers into brilliant technicians.

Lara began coaching in order to expand her experience in the sport and finds that she gains enormous satisfaction from helping others achieve their dreams. Lara has since coached a number of State Junior medallists, but it is generating the smiles and laughter that gives her the most pride.

Lara is passionate about technique and her kick sets are legendary.

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