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 The ASA Career Progression Forum


Managing your career beyond the black line – it’s never too early to prepare

It is ok to prepare for life after swimming while you are STILL swimming!

The Australian Swimmers’ Association (ASA) invite swimmers, parents and coaches to our inaugural Career Progression forum to be held between heats and finals during the 2015 Australian Open and Age Championships.

National Open Championships - April 10th, The Murray Rose Room Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre*

National Age Championships – April 16th, The Murray Rose Room, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre*

Start time: At the completion of the heats

Topics include:

                Sarah Ryan – 3 x Olympian and 5 time Olympic Medallist

                 Brenton Rickard –World Champion 2009, 2008 & 2012 Olympian

                Patrick Murphy – Olympic Bronze Medallist, 2004 & 2008 Olympian

‘The hard reality is, that although it would be great to swim competitively your whole life, its not necessarily going to happen. And that transition is made so much easier by having started on a new goal,prior to finishing swimming.’

Dr. Rachel Harris – 1998 Commonwealth Games 800m free Gold medalist & 2000 Sydney Olympics representative.

It is of vital importance for any athlete to be prepared for life after their sport’

Cameron McEvoy – Griffith University student, 2012 London Olympian, 2014 100m Free Pan Pac Champion            

and 4x Medal winner 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games


Brenton Rickard

After finishing high school, Brenton embarked on a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) at QUT in Brisbane, then transferring to Monash University in Melbourne before finishing the degree in 2006 by correspondence while training at the AIS. With two years to go to the Olympics, Brenton enjoyed some part time work as a Biomechanics assistant at the AIS but post-Games he felt there would be more career value in post-graduate study than part time work. Brenton completed a Masters of Business Management at the end of 2011. Following the London Olympics, Brenton started part-time work as a Project Officer at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation in early 2013 and started full-time work managing the Sport Services area in November after retiring from competitive swimming the same year.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick has recently (July 2014) joined Queensland Treasury Corporation as an advisor in the statutory bodies and Local Government team. Prior to this Patrick worked with KMPG in Brisbane since 2012 and was part of a team that advised on all aspects of the development, structuring and financing of infrastructure projects. Before this he represented Australia in swimming for over eight years including attending the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 where he was a dual Bronze Medalist. Patrick has developed many strong relationships both in and out of the pool and as such has roles as the Governance officer with the Australian Swimmers’ Association and a member of the FINA Athletes Committee.

Sarah Ryan

Since retiring from swimming, Sarah has continued to be involved in sport through her early working life, working for ACT Cricket in Sports Administration, to then opening a brand new Swim Centre in Sydney where she was the Swim School Manager/ Owner. Sarah is a qualified Austswim teacher and employs over 40 staff to teach over 800 lessons a week. After the birth of their second child, Sarah served as an assistant Squad Coach for the Mt Annan Club for a few years whilst also developing further skills through the YMCA in the role of Customer Service Operator.

Currently Sarah serves as the Community Participation Officer at South Western Sydney Medicare.

Lisa Forrest

Lisa Forrest became a household name as a teenager when she represented Australia at Commonwealth and Olympic level – she captained the Australian women’s swim team to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games while in Year 11 at high school and won gold medals two years later at the ’82 Commonwealth Games. On retiring from swimming, in the early-80’s, she forged the way for sports women to move into the broadcast media, until then a path reserved for cricketers and football players. Within a few years she’d moved beyond sports reporting to host programs on both TV and ABC metro radio in Sydney. She’s also worked as an actor on TV and stage, is the author of five novels (her most recent, Inheritance, a fantasy novel set in the circus will be published in the US in September) and teaches creative writing to students from Years 5-12. Recently, Lisa has been working as an executive and personal coach, focusing on mindfulness and mental fitness to bring a higher quality of life to her clients

Clinton Hill - Exercise Physiologist

Qualifications: Masters Strength & Conditioning

                                   Masters Human Biomechancis

                                    Bachelor of Human Movement

                                    ASCA Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach

                                    NSCA Master Strength & Conditioning Coach

                                   Cert 4 in Personal Training



-       Worked with Wests Tigers Rugby League Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       NSW Waratahs and Academy Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       Australian Rugby Union Academy and U20’s Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       Southland Stags ITM Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       Eastwood Rugby Union Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       18 years Personal training including 10 World Champion Athletes and 4 World cup winners, Movie preparation and Crossfit games athletes.



                                   Olympic Lifting 

                                    Programming for Sports

                                   Method training adaptable to individual’s lifestyles

                                    Metabolic Conditioning Training

                                    Injury Rehabilitation


Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw is a Senior Sports Dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sport. Greg has worked with numerous elite sporting teams such as the Brisbane Lions, Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies Super 14 rugby team and has worked individually with Olympic champions and world record holders consulting to Australian, Queensland and British swimming teams.  A former member of the Australian Swim Team himself, he is currently the lead nutrition provider for Swimming Australia directing their nutrition service delivery and education programs across the whole swimmer lifecycle.




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