Our Coaches

Our dedicated coaches are volunteers with a desire to give back to the community, each applying their own experience to their chosen sport. They enjoy working with the athletes which is reflected by the athletes respect shown to each coach. Coaches are the foundation of our sporting programs which enable our athletes to fulfil their goals and stay fit. If you believe you can contribute we would love to hear from you by contacting our sports coordinator or registrar.

Aquatic

Blake Heggie As a competitive swimmer and ex-student of Oakhill College, Blake was first introduced to the Special Olympics swim squad as part of the school volunteer program. Blake has a sister who is an active member of Special Olympics and is member of the swim squad at Oakhill. It was through her success in competitive swimming events including those at National games level that inspired Blake to pursue a career in coaching, working in the special needs arena. Blake is currently teaching and coaching at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. He is a qualified AustSwim Instructor in water safety and stroke correction, teaching those with disabilities and assisting with school and centre programs. In addition to a busy work routine, Blake is also studying at the Australian College of Physical Education to attain his Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Administration. Blake enjoys playing and watching all sports and aspires to a career as a high level coach in a sporting code.
Rachel Lokugamage Rachel’s background as a swim Instructor, pool lifeguard and CSO at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre stemmed from her younger years in competitive swimming. Since 2012 we have been fortunate to have Rachel as a volunteer within our aquatics squad program helping the group with her expertise in stroke correction and development. Rachel has previously worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities; infants, school age children, high school groups, adults and people with special needs. While Rachel admits that she has aspirations for the squad to excel on a competitive level, her main goal is to ensure our athletes enjoy themselves, interacting with other swimmers and to develop a passion for swimming as a sport and hobby. She firmly believes that our athletes are capable of achieving great results and in order for this to continue she hopes her enthusiasm and structured weekly training will produce fit, healthy and happy athletes, who can also excel in a range of swim strokes and styles. Currently Rachel is studying a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice, while working full time in her pursuit of becoming a New South Wales Police Officer. “While I thoroughly enjoy being a volunteer for Special Olympics I am also an avid reader, traveller and love to experience new foods and restaurants. I absolutely love working alongside my other fellow coaches, volunteers, parents and athletes at Special Olympics Hills. It is something that at times is challenging but nonetheless a rewarding and amazing activity that I intend to be a part of for years to come.”
Wendy Seale  Wendy has been a swimming teacher since 2003 and commenced teaching in the special needs arena at a small swim school at Dural.  In 2007 Wendy helped with instruction at the Rainbow Club, transferring to Special Olympics in 2010. Wendy comments “I’ve been challenged and greatly rewarded for the time that I have spent with these great children and adults”.

Dance

Helen Moore Helen has been in the dancing profession for 30 years and teaching for 12 of those. She has volunteered as a dance coach for Special Olympics since 2010 and has been working in the disability area since 2006. Helen’s other interests are shopping, snorkelling, bush walking and spending time with friends. Her goals entail travelling the world and to keep dancing until she is 90.
Brearne Warters Brearne has been a keen dancer since the age of 3. 2009 saw her commence teaching and in 2012 our Special Olympics Hills group were fortunate to acquire Brearne as an enthusiastic dance teacher. Volunteering with Special Olympics Brearne says, ‘has enabled her to share her joy of dance in a new and fun way, as each week her students come away happy, which in turn makes me happy’. Aside from dance, Brearne loves travelling, relaxing, baking and reading. At the end of 2014 Brearne also became a new mum. There is no doubt that she will share the passion she has for dance with her family in years to come.

See how you can get involved

Special Olympics Sydney Hills welcomes volunteers of all ages to help our athletes reach their potential. Qualified coaches are especially welcome. Simply click the button below and fill in and email the Get in Touch form. We’ll get right back to you!
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