Our Coaches

Sam Ashby

Head Coach / National Squad

Sam comes to the Club with a lifetime of swimming experience as a National Age Medallist in breast stroke at 13yrs. At 16yrs, he represented Australia at the Junior PanPac Games. In his early 20s he was an Australian Dolphin and represented Australia at the 2011 World Championships in 100m butterfly. Sam has previously coached at MLC and Ivanhoe and is excited about the future for the Geelong Swimming Club. Sam’s goal is to coach the swimmers and lead the club in such a way that the swimmers perform at their best, contribute positively to each other, and have fun doing it. Sam is a Silver Licence Swimming Coach.

Andelys Warren

Assistant Head Coach / Nation Prep and Development Coach

Andelys (Andy) has been coaching in Victoria since 2007 and has extensive experience coaching swimmers of all ages and abilities. Andy has coached junior, state, national, masters and university teams including multi-class athletes. Andy’s focus as a coach is on team unity and encouraging participation at all levels of swimming to instil a lifelong passion for the sport. Having previously been a competitive swimmer herself, Andy aims to facilitate an environment where athletes can build friendships, recognize their potentials and ultimately achieve their individual goals and dreams.

Andy is also a practicing osteopath and has a wealth of knowledge in injury diagnosis, prevention and management. Andy has also completed studies in Nutritional Science, Disability Support, and Occupational Therapy (Rehab). With her wide variety of experience and knowledge, Andy is well equipped and passionate to assist swimmers develop skills both in and out of the pool.

Aaron Tenabel

Operations Manager / Relief Coach

Aaron spent 15 years competitive swimming, beginning at Geelong Swimming Club, before going on to being named in the 1993 Australian Dolphins Swim Team. Once his swimming career finished, then coached for 7 years at Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club, and the University of Newcastle where he coached Paralympian Medallists (Sydney 2000) and numerous state and national level swimmers. Between coaching stints Aaron has been an accomplished Sports Administrator working at various Peak Sporting organisations specialising in governance, development and implementation of policies, strategic planning, and facility planning.

Sadat-Jon Hussain

Country and Multiclass Squad

Sadat is a Bronze License Swimming Coach and is also a Coach of Swimmers with Disabilities. Sadat has been appointed Coach for the Australian Down Syndrome Swim Team in 2014 & 2016 and has 10+ years Swim Teaching experience with COGG. Sadat is the manager of the Geelong Swimming Club’s Multiclass Team. He was awarded ‘City Shining Star’ Award in 2013 and ‘Coach of the Year’ at the 2020 Victorian Sport and Disability awards.

Georgie Fuller

Open Water and Adult Squad

Georgie is a former national swimmer, who represented Australia at the Youth Olympics, East Asian Games and various World Cups. She is also an open water swimmer and represented Victoria as a junior at the National Nipper Surf Life Saving Championships. Her professional background is in Event and Talent Management and worked as an athlete manager at Elite Sports Properties (ESP) for many years where she negotiated sponsorship deals and media appearances for athletes.

Rob Steinman

State Squad

Rob is a former swimmer with Ballarat GCO and Albury Swimming Club and has participated at National Age and Open competitions over an 18 year swimming career. He has coached at various levels over a 10 year period between 1993—2003 and coached juniors to Country Championships during that time. Rob is a Primary School teacher who also has Aus. Swim and Competitive stroke qualifications.

Kai Lumsden

Junior Development & Transition Squad

Kai is a former swimmer with South Gippsland Bass, moving to Geelong for study. Kai has a wide range of experience in learn to swim and coaching, including work with our swim school. Whilst starting competitive swimming later than most, Kai has achieved some great results including winning the 200 Butterfly at the 2020 Country Championships.