The future of Swim Australia’s, learn-to-swim and swim school development, as well as vital SwimSAFER messaging, is in safe hands.
The organisation’s assigned industry all-rounder, Cameron Speechley as the SwimSAFER and SwimPRO Manger, and ex-elite swimmer and industry professional, Jasmin Forsyth (nee Geisel), as their Media Manager.
Speechley is a former competitive swimmer, skilled swim coach, an active swim educator, recipient of the Swim Australia Outstanding Supporter’s Award and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (USA) Challenge Coin, and has owned and managed several successful swim schools over the last two decades. Having helped launch a number of state and national athletes, his most well known protégé was former World Record holder, and 200m Breaststroke champion, Rebecca Brown.
“There are many exciting industry initiatives the Swim Australia Team is currently working on, particularly in the SwimPRO area. SwimPRO incorporates operations, swim school accreditation, and helps to keep swim schools up to date with government legislation,” Mr Speechley said.
Forsyth, is a former ex-elite swimmer – having medalled at various national and international championships in sprint freestyle, butterfly and relay events – but retired in 2000, due to an ongoing back injury. She graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Journalism, and has enjoyed an exciting media career as a TV host, journalist, writer and producer with Channel’s Ten and Nine. In addition to her role at Swim Australia, the mum of one, also co-runs production house, Media Force Productions.
“I’m so eager to help spread Swim Australia’s potentially life saving, water safety and learn-to-swim messages, and assist our mission in not only showing Aussies how wonderful the water can be, but ensuring we all know how to SwimSAFER in, on and around it also,” Mrs Forsyth said. Swim Australia CEO, Ross Gage says he’s delighted with the appointments.
“Cameron is a highly skilled industry professional, and I look forward to working with him as we further grow our learn-to-swim and swim school support networks, and leading edge programs,” Mr Gage said.
“Not only does ‘Jazzy G’ – as she was known on pool deck – understand swimming, she’s highly skilled in media and PR, and teamed with her own swim safety personal ties, is a great asset to our organisation,” Mr Gage said.