Daniel Arnamnart - Director of Swimming
Daniel is a former member of the Australian swim team and has represented Australia in Backstroke at the 2012 London Olympics, 2010 India Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Pan Pacific Championships. Daniel has had career best world ranking of 9th in the world, finished 16th at the Olympics and 6th at the commonwealth games. Throughout his career he has been Australian National Champion and is still respectively ranked 4th fastest Australian ever long course and 5th fastest Australian ever short course. Daniel also had a very successful age group swimming career. He has a plethora of state and national age group titles in all disciplines and has previously held national and state age records in the 100 metre and 200 metre backstroke from the age of 14 – 18 years. Daniel has held his teaching qualifications for over 14 years and coaching qualifications for 8 years. When retiring from competitive swimming in 2014 Daniel began coaching fulltime and helped successfully coach the Knox Pymble U/12 swim team to state champions in 2016.
In late 2016 Daniel was appointed a role as the National Aquatics Project Manager for Greenwich Leisure Limited which is the largest leisure social enterprise in the UK. In the National role Daniel was managing a learn to swim business with over 140,000 pupils across 137 centres in the UK. Through Daniel’s knowledge of pool programming, effective business plans and marketing implementations he was able to ensure year on year growth and ensure a dynamic program was kept throughout the facilities.Daniel now oversees the program management and operations of 6 City of Sydney facilities. His primary focus is providing strategic direction from Learn to Swim to Squads which creates a nurturing and strong relationship into competitive swimming. Daniel has proved to have successful outcomes by ensuring there is a genuine pathway through the program and providing a lifelong connection to the sport of swimming. Daniel is not only a swimming fan but loves all sports. He likes to spend his free time watching the Roosters win the NRL, Daniel Riccardo in the F1 and the Australian Cricket team. He is also a food fanatic – loves to cook and enjoy a nice meal out.
Andrea – Head Coach
Andrea's career in the aquatics industry began after meeting Alberto Ghibbellini (a former bronze medalist waterpolo player at the Sydney Olympics), who opened a brand new swim club called Aquarium in his hometown of Nove Ligure, Italy and gave Andrea a job. He started learn to swim in 2000 and began coaching in 2002 at the same club, eventually progressing to Head Coach in 2005, where he remained for the next 11 years! He eventually came to Australia and started working at Cook and Phillip in 2013. Prior to coaching, Andrea was working on a career in the fashion industry and eventually decided to get back into swimming to give back to the community. Andrea has had multiple levels of success as a coach, including State and National medalists, athletes qualifying for Olympic Trials, and swimmers achieving first place in events as a part of the NSW Team. Andrea believes that his greatest achievement is seeing his athletes achieve good performances after they have sacrificed and put in the hard work to achieve their goals. Andrea enjoys sharing the struggle with his swimmers and strives to encourage strong values and work ethic within all the squads that he coaches. Back when Andrea swam, he participated at a national level in multiple events. He experienced first-hand the effects that growth has on an athlete (both physically and mentally), by witnessing himself change from being a 100m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke swimmer, to being a 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly swimmer. Andrea encourages his swimmers to “become comfortable in being uncomfortable” – something that promotes the idea that if you don’t go out of your comfort zone, you will never improve. If you took the amount of time you see Andrea at the pool and then doubled it, then this will be close to the amount of time Andrea spends at yoga each week. He often participates in Vinyasa-style yoga, often 7 days a week! Andrea uses this time to get into a silent space and relax after yelling on pool deck for his sessions.
Gio – Assistant Coach