Perth City Swim Club is managed by a volunteer committee, by people from a variety of backgrounds, capabilities and swimming ambitions!
Jon joined Perth City in 1999 because Steve Raynes would not stop talking to him until he became a member. At the 2001 Post Rotto dinner, Jon whispered that he would be happy to help out in some way. Within 20 minutes, Dan Soanes had delivered all the Treasurer paperwork and files to Jon’s house. Jon then became a qualified coach and remained Treasurer until taking over from Fiona Wilkins as Club President in 2010. Jon was born in London, moved around southern England before ending up working at what was then the world’s biggest record store, HMV Records in Oxford St.
He emigrated to Perth in 1986 where he became half of The Vomit Bags, and screamed “Susan sneezing her brains out” on Triple J’s “Live At The Wireless”. Because Perth is sunny it also gave Jon the opportunity to wreck his knees playing tennis, volleyball and compete in triathlons. Which is why now he only swims strokes where you can keep your legs together.
Vice President, Safety Officer
Allison has been a member of Perth City since 2003 and Vice President since 2009. Allison has a background in competitive swimming, spending most of her life growing up (outside of school) at the pool. Coming from Queensland, that’s the only place you want to be in Summer! Allison is also an Underwater Hockey player…strange but true. She has competed at State, National, and International level over the past 20 years.
Allison caught the open water swimming bug after joining Perth City and now she regularly competes in open water swims in WA, as well as competing in QLD and overseas when the opportunity arises.
Allison is one of your dedicated coaches who is there to assist and encourage you during your training sessions.
Maëlle grew up in France, she joined Perth City Swim Club in 2013 a few days after landing in Australia as a way to socialise and has never left. She enjoys open water swimming and is the official stinger magnet of the club.
Shaun was born and raised in Scarborough, in the cold North-East of England, and was taught to swim as a baby by his mother, who was an established long-distance swimmer, (Shaun’s sister remains one of the youngest swimmers ever to complete the English channel as part of a Junior Relay team).
Like many people, Shaun stopped competitive swimming in his late teens, after discovering girls and fermented hops, whilst at University in Nottingham, England! After working for the US Credit Card company – Capital One, in the United Kingdom, West Virginia and Paris, France, Shaun Knew he wanted to live and work in other countries and convinced his wife to do the same. His wife chose Vancouver, Shaun chose Australia, after watching the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Needless to say, Shaun won that argument, but has been on a losing streak ever since!
After emigrating to Perth, Shaun joined a gym, which had a rooftop swimming pool, overlooking the city, which he used to cool down after weight training. After a few visits, the gym became the warm-up for the pool, and soon became a minor distraction, leading Shaun to cancel his gym membership and join a swimming club, where he met Jon and Mark. Shaun’s wife secretly entered him into an open water race, because he was too scared of coming last! He didn’t come last, and hasn’t looked back since!
Shaun recently swam in his first pool race in 24 years, and managed not to come last again – “I was absolutely petrified. My last race was in 1986, I was 15 and when I dived off the blocked, my untied bathers came down and my goggles ripped off my head. I spent the entire 200m pulling my bathers back up, and crashing into lane-ropes. I came last and vowed never to swim again.
Shaun is not a sprinter, so he focuses his energies on training for longer, Open Water Swims, which has provided him excellent reasons to explore Western Australia, and now, the USA!!!
Earlier this year under the guidance of Manhattan marathon swimming veteran Shelly Taylor-Smith, Shaun completed his first of many solo Rottnest Channel Swims and is looking forward to adding some international swims to his résumé.
Lizzie joined Perth City in early 2013 in the lead up an open water swim in the river thames she was training for. Originally from Melbourne, she has been an open water swimmer from an early age and this year completed her 17th Pier to Pub swim.
Andy joined Perth City in 2009 after a few years away from swimming. He grew up in a Swiss Alpine resort town and started swimming in the local club there. He has been involved in coaching for adults and kids at different levels in Switzerland. At the moment Andy is working to become a Bronze Level Coach with Swimming Australia. When you don’t see Andy at the pool there is a big chance you see him on his bike or at the beach.
The goal of each session: Make everybody in the pool a better swimmer and have a good time with friends.
The motto of Andy’s sessions: Swim hard but with the right technique. Drills are the way to go and will make you faster.
Deputy Head Coach
Grew up in New Jersey (USA) and moved to Perth in 2010 for work with the Bureau of Meteorology.
Swam competitively in high school and uni (mostly as a backstroke/breaststroke/IM swimmer), then did some open water swimming after uni, then stopped swimming for several years but got back into in after moving to Perth.
Have coached Special Olympics swimming since 2003, and coached with Perth City since 2013.
Did my first Rotto solo crossing in 2013 with many more planned 🙂
Our resident medical professional, Jackie hails from Scotland.
After a brief flirtation working in Adelaide, she is now firmly back in Perth and training hard again, completing her first Rottnest Solo Crossing in 2014!
Erica has been a member of Perth City since 2007 and living in Australia for the same length of time. Erica grew up near Montreal, Canada (oui, je parle francais!) and swam competitively from 9 years old until graduating from university. Since living in Australia, Erica has completed 4 Rottnest Chanel Swims: 1 solo, 2 duos, and 1 female team. As a breastroker and IM’er, Erica understands the importance of using all strokes to build fitness and speed.
Chris tries very hard to prove to the world that people from the sticks of Kentucky can write good. Some monthly-ish newsletters, occasional minutes of our team meetings just to ensure our historical records are maintained. Otherwise he wakes up way too early, swims a bit (few and far between in the big lane-less pool out west), and enjoys eating at our numerous post-swim meals.
Webmaster, Social Media Coordinator
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Patrick joined PCSC in 2015. His goal is to improve his swimming technique whilst enjoying the process. He comes from Dublin, Ireland where his skills in the water were learning how not to drown as opposed to swimming with technique. Having been in Australia since 1989, Patrick’s exercise involved running, cycling and weights but finally he has found the light or should we say the water. Patrick is enjoying improving his swimming in both the pool and open water, plus the great people of PCSC.
Hello! We’re this year’s social committee, and we’re tasked with maintaining the club’s title as the friendliest masters club in WA (we may have awarded ourselves that title but nobody has argued about it so we stand by it…). In addition to the inevitable Saturday post-training breakfasts, there are a range of events on the social calendar including BBQs, fun swimming events and the famous Christmas in July. Keep your eyes peeled for new events this year and we look forward to seeing you there.
Aaron joined the club to keep up his swimming fitness over winter for Water Polo and stayed because he enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the club.
Dani is originally from Perth and back in the pool after a long absence, and enjoying building her skills.
Angela joined PCSC 4 years ago after retiring from waterpolo and being invited to come back to swimming by a club member (Ros). The inclusive and friendly atmosphere has kept her coming. This is her first year on the committee.
Natalie moved to Perth from the UK a couple of years ago and is enjoying the sun.
If you have an idea or want to get involved please get in touch!