Welcome Leanne


We were delighted to welcome our next Head Coach, Leanne Speechley, to our last club night of the term. Aquatic Centre Manager Jo Wheatley and Abbotsleigh School Principal Judith Poole introduced Leanne to swimmers and parents before the racing began.

New Head Coach appointed

Abbotsleigh School and the Aquatic Centre are very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Head Swimming Coach, Leanne Speechley.

Leanne is a silver licenced coach, currently undergoing her gold licence, with 25 years of experience at International, National, State and Regional level. During this time Leanne has worked with some of Australia’s leading coaches and athletes and been responsible for all aspects of swimming programs from learn-to-swim to elite squads. A Bachelor Degree in Sports Science – University NSW has helped Leanne create and implement high quality individualised and team performance plans, including dry land strength and conditioning and biomechanical race analysis.

Leanne is passionate about swimming technique and the performance of her athletes. She was able to build and nurture strong team environments as Head Coach of Somerset College Qld and AquaGym Swim Club, Christchurch NZ. In 2011 Leanne received the Sir Richard Hadlee Outstanding Coach Award for Swimming. This high energy and enthusiasm for mentoring young athletes is part of Leanne’s philosophy to produce well rounded and hard-working swimmers who strive to do their best.

Leanne is committed to working as part of a team to achieve shared goals and results. She has the experience, technical knowledge and coaching experience to be an outstanding mentor for junior coaching staff. Leanne’s leadership qualities and desire to educate students in a balanced environment fit well with Abbotsleigh’s core values. We look forward to welcoming Leanne to the Aquatic Centre and Abbotsleigh community in July.

Abbotsleigh representatives on NSW Schools team announced

5 swimmers were selected from Abbotsleigh School or Abbotsleigh swim club to represent NSW in the School Sport Australia national swimming championships in Adelaide in September 2013. Congratulations to Jaimey Yeats, Charlie Westheafer, Zoe Lysaght, Katie Strachan and Matt Kelly. These selections continue to reflect the proud traditions and continued success in the school and swim club. Congratulations – we look forward to watching your success.

ASC swimmers success at PSSA State

The St Ives North PS Junior Relay team featuring 3 Abbotsleigh Swim Club swimmers achieved 8th place at the PSSA State Swimming Championships today. Pictured here are ASC members Adriana, Beccy and Samantha with their friend Jessica on the podium in the earlier Sydney North Region carnival at SOPAC.
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