Australian Olympic Team Coach David Lush Appointed Director Of Swimming At Moreton Bay Colleges

David Lush with Jacco Verhaeren
FRESH WATERS: Rio Olympic Team Swim Coach David Lush has been appointed the new Director Of Swimming at Moreton Bay on Brisbane's bayside. Lush is pictured here with recently departed Australian Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren. Photo Courtesy Steve Holland.

Rio Olympic silver medallist Maddie Groves and fellow prospective Tokyo team members Minna Atherton, Calypso Sheridan and Alex Grant have a new home under Olympic Team coach David Lush at newly created Moreton Bay Swimming, it was announced today.

Lush, one of Australia’s most innovative young coaching brains, has been appointed as the new Director of Swimming at Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College – on Brisbane’s bayside – starting on July 13.

It was exclusively revealed by Swimming World last Saturday that Lush had wound up his successful 12 year tenure at the Brisbane Grammar School with today’s announcement the first of a series of inclusions which will revolutionise swimming coaching and teaching in Australia under Lush’s High Performance programs.

Lush, the man behind the most recent successes of triple World Champion backstroker Emily Seebohm and rising backstroke star Minna Atherton said he was excited with the opportunity to rebuild the Moreton Bay Colleges’ swimming program.

“I am looking forward to working with a talented group of boys and girls,” said Lush, who discovered Atherton as a 10-year-old has taken her to World Championship silver and a short course world record in the ISL

“And it will also be an exciting new beginning for my High Performance group.”

Janet Stewart Moreton Bay College and David Lush

EXCITING TIMES: Head of College at Moreton Bay, Janet Stewart with newly appointed Director of Swimming David Lush. Photo Courtesy: Moreton Bay College.

In making the announcement, Head of College at Moreton Bay, Janet Stewart said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to provide high quality co-curricular experiences for our boys and girls we are delighted to welcome David to our colleges and excited by the opportunities that lie ahead for our swimmers.”

And Mrs Stewart was supported by Moreton Bay Boys College Head Andrew Holmes who said it was a very exciting time for the colleges.

“David brings with him unparalleled coached experience and swimming success and we look forward to a strong future for the colleges’ swimming program and Morton Bay Swimming Club under David’s leadership,” Mr Holmes said.

David has assisted with coaching athletes to success at Olympic level in swimming, triathlon and water polo as well as World Championships in Surf-Lifesaving and is best known for his expertise in backstroke and guiding several athletes to Gold medals at Olympic and World Championships.

Significantly, David is one of only three coaches whose swimmers have won a gold medal at every major international meet since 2015 – Including World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

Lush established the Brisbane Grammar School Swimming Club, which by 2014, had grown to one of Australia’s top ranked swimming clubs. During his 11-year tenure, BGS finished 1st or a close 2nd in the GPS swimming championships on seven occasions.

In 2015, David coached both the World Champion  Seebohm and World Junior Champion Atherton in the 100/200m backstrokes – a feat yet to be replicated by another swimming coach.

In 2016, Lush was selected as a member of the Australian Olympic Team, guiding Brittany Elmslie to a gold medal and world record, in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, swimming alongside Cate and Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon.

Three months later Elmslie went on to beat four Olympic Champions, in the 100m freestyle, at the World Short Course Championships in Windsor.

He was awarded the 2017 Australian Swimming Coaches And Teachers Association (ACTA) Coach of the Year, as well as the Don Talbot Award, for guiding Seebohm to Australia’s only Gold Medal at the 2017 World Championships. Emily’s time of 2:05.45, still stands as the Commonwealth and Australian Record.

David joined Don’s son, Scott Talbot, as Australian Team Lead Coach for 2018 World Short Course Championships, during which Lush was awarded an honorarium from the FINA technical committee, for service to the World Coaches Convention.

In 2018, Lush was presented with the Platinum coaching award, joining a small group of only 25 coaches who have achieved this prestigious milestone. David is President of ascta QLD and was elected by his peers to the National ascta board in 2018.

ABOUT MORETON BAY SWIMMING: Building on the strong swimming culture at the colleges, The Moreton Bay Colleges’ Swimming Club (Moreton Bay Swimming) was formed in 2019 and is run from the Aquatic Centre at Moreton Bay College. The club caters for recreational and competitive swimmers and provides competition opportunities. The club runs alongside the school swimming programme, enabling students at Moreton Bay College and Moreton Bay Boys’ College to enjoy the benefits of competitive swimming and a representative pathway.

 

 

 

 

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    • Elizabeth Taylor

      Sara Stacy bet there will be a waiting list to join this club now. Who was the coach here when you were swimming

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