Changing the Lives of Young
Meet Our Team
Making Waves has a great team of people who support the delivery of its programs.
Meet Our Lead Coaching Team
Alec is a current Level 1 accredited Rowing coach and an enthusiastic racing member of ANA Rowing Club, competing in local and interstate events. Having learnt to row at ANA in 2015, Alec enjoys sharing the feelings of confidence and fulfilment that rowing can bring. Alec is excited by the opportunities that Making Waves offers, both for coaches and students.
Lachlan Van de Ven
Lachlan is a current level 2 rowing coach and has been involved in rowing for around 12 years now. Having started to row through his school rowing program, Lachy quickly fell in love with the sport and found various ways to be involved.
In recent years, Lachlan has spent his time at Swan River Rowing Club, as an athlete, coach and committee member.
His involvement in Making Waves fostered his love for the development stages of rowing, building confidence and technique from the ground up. He has been a key contributor to developing this generation of Making Waves participants, offering a healthy balance of masterful coaching and relaxed humour.
Previous Lead Coaches
Keely is an accredited Level 1 rowing coach, working towards her Level 2 accreditation, and is also a current university student. After a few years of rowing herself, Keely transitioned into coaching in the hopes of passing on her enjoyment to younger athletes. Keely is inspired by the Making Waves program as it increases the accessibility of rowing for a new generation of young people.
Claire is a current Level 2 accredited Rowing coach and University graduate. Claire has been involved in the sport of rowing since 2002 when she learnt to row at Perth College under some incredible coaches that kick started her love of coaching and coxing. In recent years, Claire has been coaching rowers of all ages in WA and NSW as well as attending numerous competitions around Australia. Claire is involved in Making Waves because she loves to get others involved in a sport that has given her so much.
Jo is a trained teacher and a current Level 2 accredited rowing coach. Jo's first contact with rowing was as a 10 year old watching the racing on the Canning River during the 1962 Commonwealth Games with her passion for the sport really kicking off as a university student at Curtin University. Jo has thoroughly enjoyed her rowing journey from novice rowing to racing and representing her club and WA at National Championships before moving into coaching. As a trained teacher it was a logical transition for Jo to want to introduce the sport of rowing to young adults and watch the qualities that are encouraged in rowing extend to many other aspects of young people's lives.