Perth City Swim Club is managed by a volunteer committee, by people from a variety of backgrounds, capabilities and swimming ambitions!
PresidentJon 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.
SecretaryShaun was born and raised in Scarborough, UK and taught to swim by his mother, who was an established long-distance swimmer. Like many people, Shaun stopped competitive swimming in his teens, and fell back in love with outdoor swimming soon after emigrating to Perth twenty years later – albeit in warmer oceans and pools.
Shaun joined Perth City Swim Club in 2009 and has swum regularly in the open water series in Perth and event based holidays overseas. Not a natural sprinter, Shaun gets more comfortable the further he swims.
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!
Social CommitteeAngela has been a member of PCSC for about 6 years and swims in lane 3 (of 8). She is very much a social swimmer but enjoys doing some of the summer beach swims. She is in the club for participation not competition but finds it really helpful to train with the group as this helps motivate her to do a bit more than would happen solo. The comradery found at the club is also a welcome feature. Angela joined the social committee 3 seasons ago.
Social CommitteeCatherine has been part of swimming masters since 1992, swimming in clubs in Auckland, Adelaide and now Perth City. She has swum in open water swims in Auckland, Fiji, South Australia and Western Australia. In Adelaide she was awarded the inaugural Marie Dingwall Memorial Award for embodiment of the spirit of Masters Open Water Swimming for completing every swim in the South Australia calendar in her first year. She swims in the Lane 8 – the “latte lane” (aka the leisurely lane) and is currently a member of the social committee.
Social CommitteeDavid joined Perth City Masters Swim Club in 2011/12, after some encouragment from a member whom thought he had the stamina, but lacked the style.
Prior to swimming, David has previously been involved in the sports of Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu and Motocross.
Having participated in various open water swims and the Rottnest Channel Swim, a long ambition to one day compete in an Ironman Triathlon, after watching from the sidelines, has seen him progress his level of swimming, cycling and running in recent years to complete his first full Ironman in Busselton 2019.
Improvement is an ongoing process and David looks forward to the challenges of competing in 70.3 & 140.6 Ironman during the 2020 season, as well as contributing to his favorite swim club as part of the Social Committee
WebsiteMark is a lifetime swimmer with 35 years of on and off water experience. He joined Perth City Masters in 2010 to focus on healthy habits for his 30’s. Now, 10 years on, he has achieved three solo Rotto crossings, a duo crossing, third place in a 10k Manhattan Open Water Swim in New York City and swum across the USA, Europe and South East Asia. Mark regularly does 1500m time trials to maintain swimming conditioning and slow down ageing! Mark loves to foster healthy competition at the club and can often be found at weekend training firing up people alongside him that race him and he races them back!
Social MediaI have been a member of Perth City for over 20 years and currently I’m one of the two life members (Jon Haines being the ‘other one’). I think I’m known as the club Mum, and my kids have grown up knowing most of my swim friends. I have 3 of my own, a son in law and a future daughter in law on the horizon.
In previous metamorphose, I have been President (before Jon for 9 years), Vice President, Secretary (I think), maybe Club Captain and have also managed to produce the club newsletter (very poorly). I am currently President of MSWA.
Currently known as the Saturday coach, I have been coaching with PC for many years and can remember a time when the club had 3 coaches in rotation! I like to fill in when I can during weeknights and I am more than willing to help you out with stroke correction (although Siobhan is better than I am).