The Glennie School's Aquatics and Gymnastics Manager, Ms Shannon Townsend and Head Swim Coach, Mr Garry Shorter will be presenting at the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association convention in Brisbane next month. For the second year running, Shannon and Garry will be hosting the 'Get Wet Session' which focuses on practical skills for juniors.
Shannon is also on the convention's SwimSAFER panel. Delegates have the opportunity to ask the four highly experienced panel members questions about how water safety is added to swim programs. Shannon will draw on a wealth of experience, including community learn to swim programs, accelerator programs, and other specialist programs (such as the Migrant and Refugee Aquatics project).
In another convention session, titled 'Brain Harvest', Shannon will be running creative facilitation processes that participants can take away to use with their teams. The focus of the session will be faults found in learn to swim programs and how to fix them. Shannon says, "Facilitating, rather than standing up the front and presenting, is my preferred method of teaching as the participants get involved and can learn from one another."
Shannon is well known in swimming circles for her ukulele skills and she plans to write a new song for the convention - about putting your phone down and watching your kids so they don't drown.