Coaches & Directors


We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact our coach. For all questions related to administrative, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact one of the board members.


Coaching Staff

Valerijs (Val) Kalmikovs

Head Coach


 Although born in the USSR, Val grew up in what is now Latvia.  With his    mother as his swimming coach, Val qualified for his first Olympic team at   19 year of age only to be told he couldn’t compete due to an  administrative error.  After the 1996 Atlantic Olympics, he attended the  University of Nebraska on athletic scholarship where he studied his  Bachelors degree in International Affairs.

Val completed his Masters Degree in Sports Management and Athletic Administration at Valparaiso University, Indiana where he was also an Assistant Coach for the University Team .  Val moved to California in 2003 to coach at Bakersfield Swim Club and made a good impression quickly; He was awarded the 2004 Central California Coach of the Year after a few of his swimmers won USA Junior National Championships. 

Val’s swimming career spans an impressive four Olympic qualifications (participated 1996&2000), nine World Championships and more World Cups than he can count.  He has extensively traveled throughout America and Europe teaching&coaching swimming with his wife, Joy.  Now in Rockhampton, Val wishes to continue to teach and coach the sport that is in his blood.  He hopes to positively impact the lives of swimmers in not just Rockhampton but Australia wide.


Joy Symons

Assistant Coach


1997 Australian Champion - 100m Freestyle
1999 World Cup
2000 World Short Course Championships
2000 Oceania Championships 
University of Hawaii Scholarship Recipient
2006-2008 Graduate Assistant Coach California State University - Bakersfield

Joy was born and bred in Brisbane with her three sisters. Never wanting to be a swimmer it was her sisters' influence that pulled her into the aquatic industry at 9 years old. After they left the sport she continue to battle it out in the pool for Yeronga Park Swimming Club. 
After representing Australia a number of times Joy was offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Hawaii where she studied biology and met her husband Val. While Coaching and studying her Masters Degree in Special Education, Public Administration and Communications in California, Joy finally married Val and had their first child. 
They have extensively traveled across America and Europe teaching and coaching swimming before returning home to Australia to have their second child. Now here in Rockhampton, Joy wishes to continue her path in aquatic education and hopes to pass on her passion and knowledge of the sport.


Gary Knight



Nicole Dendle

Registrar, Treasurer


Raewyn Jackson