As of 1 October 2019
Head Coach - Roberto Lantieri
Alberto is responsible for the overall Squad program at Palm Beach. He is coaching the State & National Squads & assisting with other squads as required. Alberto is keen to hit the ground running, with the knowledge that the competitive summer months are upon us. He will be programming to achieve improvements at State Championships in December, the school swimming season in the New Year & targeting Age Nationals in April 2020.
Who am I?Originally from a small town named Pordenone in Italy’s Northeast mountain region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Alberto Lantieri started swimming at 4 years of age. Competing for the Gymnasium Pordenone team, Alberto progressed to State and National level in Italy, his best events – the 100m and 200m Breaststroke.
QualificationsBachelor of Sport Science – University of Udine, ItalyASCTA Advanced Coaching LicenceASCTA Strength and Conditioning Coach – Level 1
Coaching HistoryIn 2006, Alberto turned his focus to coaching the junior squad at Gymnasium Pordenone. He started coaching full-time as Head Coach of the Junior Squad, alongside his former mentor and coach, Andrea Deiuri.
In 2013, Alberto decided to follow his dreams by moving to Australia to pursue his goal of coaching in Southeast Queensland – Australia’s hot spot for Olympic swimmers. In September 2014, Alberto began coaching as Assistant Coach at the Yeronga Park Swimming Club in Brisbane, alongside Rick Van Der Zant. From September 2016 to May 2019 Alberto coached alongside former Australian Olympian, Robert Van Der Zant at Yeronga Park. Alberto has coached swimmers from development level through to State & National medalists, including Open water swimmers.
In May 2019, Alberto relocated to the Gold Coast, began a mentorship under current BE Swimming Director Glenn Baker [Olympic Team Coach] and has been working at the Miami Swimming Club as Squad Coach since July.
Coaching PhilosophyAlberto believes in developing stroke efficiency and refined skills from a young age. With a keen interest in biomechanics and a focus on stroke technique, Alberto endorses a training environment where athletes can develop a love for swimming. Alberto believes in open communication and honesty with his swimmers. He is motivated by seeing his athletes reach their goals.
Assistant Coach - Nina Hurd
From the moment we met Nina, we knew that she would be a great fit for the Palm Beach community. Nina displays such an energetic love for swimming & for the swimmers in her care. Having coached a wide variety of squad levels Nina will offer support to the Head Coach & all coaching staff. She will coach the Mini, Junior & the Nipper / Surf Squad.
Who am I?Born & raised on the Gold Coast, Nina’s love of swimming started when she was taught by Denis Cotterell as a young swimmer at Miami Pool. Developing a deep interest in all aspects of swimming, coaching was a natural progression. At age 19 she combined her passion for swimming and travel and was a swimming teacher in Japan. Residing in Europe and Italy for 15 years she gained Swim Coach Level 2 at Foro Italico Rome by the Federazione Italiana di Nuoto, Acqua Group Fitness Instructor, and Adult Masters at Eschilo.
Coaching historyMoving home to Australia Nina has acquired her Bronze Coaching Licence at ASCTA and is enjoying coaching competitive Junior Development Squad levels, Surf Squads and Adult Fitness Squads. For 5 years Nina coached the Junior Development Squad, Junior Surf Squad and assisted State Squad, National Squad and Elite Surf Squad at the Miami program.
Coaching PhilosophyNina endeavours to provide a strong foundation for squad swimmers so each can achieve their full potential. With a comprehensive training program, consistency and team environment swimmers can connect and grow. These qualities, memories and friendships can be applied into other areas of life and carried throughout.
Vicki will continue to coach the Adults squads in place at Palm Beach Aquatic Centre. With her wealth of knowledge & passion she has for coaching adults of all levels we are sure the squads will continue to enjoy training under Vicki.
Mel will support Nina in the junior area of the program. By dedicating her to this area she will be able to provide a solid base & link from the Learn to Swim Program. Focusing on young swimmers developing correct technique & instilling a love of the pool.