Changing the Lives of Young
Meet Our Team
Making Waves has a great team of people who support the delivery of its programs.
Making Waves General Manager
Luke SimpkinsEmail: email@example.com
Luke represented Australia (U23) and NSW at Kings Cup and Youth VIII levels, as well as winning two National championship and several State championships. He has been involved in rowing since 1976 and coaching since 1993, having coached young people in Qld, NSW, ACT & WA. Luke strongly believes that rowing is the ultimate team sport and is great for individual personal development through competitive rowing. With a strong history of community service and organisational leadership, Luke is thrilled to be part of the Making Waves team.
Meet Our Lead Coaching Team
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.
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.
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.