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Coaches

Ed Anderson
Ed is our Head Coach for 2023. Having swum at the 1992 Olympic trials and being the Director of the Robina State High School Triathlon Academy, He has been in and around elite swimming programs for most of his life.

Ed has been coaching Masters for the last few years as well as National Level Age group swimmers. "Quality is the most important aspect of swim training. Gone are the days when coaches would just flog their swimmers with endless volume. We can get far better results by focusing on the quality of the training and giving the body a bit of a rest".

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Judy Bonning

Judy Bonning first started coaching Masters in Santa Barbara, California in the mid 70’s and as a young adult she was inspired and fell in love with Masters swimming from the beginning. After some time at the University of Alabama and earning a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology she then transferred to south Florida, which during that time she met future husband and Masters coach John Bonning at the 1988 World Championship at the Chandler Centre.

After nine years and two children, they moved to Sydney to work with Forbes and Ursula Carlile and Carlile Swimming. Judy was still able to coach Masters while helping John manage a very large swim school on the Northern Beaches.  Wanting to own their own swim school (Billabong Swim School) and wanting to live on the beautiful southern end of the Gold Coast, they moved to Tweed Heads.  Joining the Miami Masters has been wonderful and they have loved reconnecting them with many old friends.  Judy loves running clinics and workshops emphasising good technique and is happy to be back coaching the Miami Masters when she can.  

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John Bonning

John was a co-founder of Miami Masters Swimming Club in 1987. He was one of Miami Masters first coaches in the late 1980’s before meeting his wife, Judy at the World Masters Swimming Championships in Brisbane and following her back to Florida in the USA. John became a Level 5 Age Group Coach and Level 5 Masters coach, the highest levels in the USA.

In the USA, he received numerous awards for excellence in coaching, including 3 USA Swimming Walter Schlueter Stroke Awards for excellence in coaching stroke technique. He has coached over 40 USA national and top 16 age group swimmers as well as national champion and record holders.

He helped direct the USA 1991 Masters National Championships when held in Boca Raton, Florida at Mission Bay with over 1700 participants and is a former Board Director for South Florida Swimming. Currently he and his wife Judy are Co-Owners and Directors of Billabong Swim School (Tweed Heads)

John’s philosophy on coaching focuses on speak to every swimmer when coaching, showing an interest in them, and never sitting down while coaching. He strongly believes in giving feedback, stroke correction and helping swimmers with technique.

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Luciana Rapach

As a competitive athlete since she was very young, playing and later on coaching Volleyball, Luciana fell in love with the idea of helping athletes develop their ability to perform at their best level to achieve their goals and challenges. Swimming for Lucinana started when she began her triathlon journey about eight years ago. In Brazil, she worked with triathletes of all levels of swimming. When she moved to Australia in 2018, she started teaching swimming for the little ones while gaining experience working alongside top national coaches. She kept moving up levels and upgrading her qualifications. For the past five years, Luciana has been teaching and coaching competitive swimming at base levels, the last two with Miami Masters. It has been a great experience so far having had the opportunity to pass on her experience and knowledge and to learn so much from each one of her athletes.

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Peter Reaburn

Peter is a recently retired Professor of Exercise and Sports Science. His academic research interest was and remains performnace and health of the masters athlete. He has swum all his life. Initially at club and state level as a 10-14 year-old, then as a surf swimmer at state and national level until age 26, then in triathlon till the Hawaii Ironman lifelong goal was completed in 2005, and is now swimming for health or the occasional swim meet and open water swim. 

Peter has completed the Masters Swimming Australia Club Coach Certification. Peter brings a deep understanding of the physiology of aging and sports performance to his coaching. He is passionate about each individual swimmer being challenged both technically and physiologically. He also understands masters swimmers swim for different reasons be they there for health and fitness or competition. He ailors his program and sessions to individual needs based on getting to know each individual swimmer’s past in swimming and what their motivations are for swimming. 

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