About Us

Our expert coaches will get you on the path to swimming success.

Meet the Coaches

Gold Class Swimming aims to assist swimming coaches, parents and swimmers on their journey through competitive swimming.

Utilising more than 100 years of experience, the key coaches at Gold Class Swimming, Leigh Nugent, Rohan Taylor and Gary Barclay are committed to providing high level instruction and support to coaches, swimmers and parents across a variety of platforms.

If you are looking to:

  • fast-track your coaching
  • provide support to your child who swims, or
  • improve your own swimming to be the best that you can be,

then you have come to the right place.

So let’s find out a little more about the key coaches who are Gold Class Swimming!

Leigh Nugent

Leigh Nugent is one of the best technical swimming coaches in the world. He enjoys working with swimmers of all ages and coaches of all abilities to help them to be the best that they can be. His love for the sport and helping people to succeed is reflected in his wealth of knowledge and easy to understand instructions.

As National Youth Coach for Swimming Australia from 2000 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2009, Leigh has worked with many of the best up and coming swimmers and coaches in Australia and around the world. Leigh was the Head Coach of Swimming Australia in 2003-2004 and again in 2009-2012, leading the sport to its most successful Olympics since Melbourne 1956 in Athens in 2004.

Leigh is involved in all areas of Gold Class Swimming, with a special focus on his passion to be a major resource for coaches through the Swim Coach Advantage program, assist parents to better understand the sport through Swim Parent Advantage and to lead our world class Swim Clinics.

Rohan Taylor

Rohan Taylor has coached high performance swimmers for the past 20 years and is committed to “continuous improvement” in everything he does and everyone he works with.

Rohan has coached junior and age group swimmers of all age’s right through to coaching Liesel Jones to an Olympic Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Rohan currently coaches dual Olympian Belinda Hocking and 2008 Olympian Ashley Delaney as well as many other world-class athletes.

Rohan is involved in all areas of Gold Class Swimming, with a special focus on his passion to be a major resource for coaches through the Swim Coach Advantage program and to provide video analysis to swimmers all over the world.

Gary Barclay

Gary Barclay has been involved in the sport of swimming for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities including as a swim teacher, swimming coach, athlete manager, event manager and 17 years as CEO of one of the most successful swimming clubs in Australia.

Gary coached swimming for 12 years and was very successful with junior and age group swimmers with swimmers winning more than 100 gold medals at the State Championship level.

Gary is an author of multiple books including Behind the Goggles which has been written and designed for children who swim aged 8 to 14 years.

 Gary is involved in all areas of Gold Class Swimming with a keen focus on the new Swim Parent support program and conducting swim clinics around the country.

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