Our Coaches

Kahlia Marsh

Head Coach

Kahlia has been involved in competitive swimming for 17 years and has 10 years of professional coaching experience. As an athlete Kahlia represented Victoria for 11 consecutive years and represented Australia on the Junior Dolphins Trans-Tasman team. She has also won the Victorian Open Water Championships and State Gold Medals in the pool. Her personal achievements are what created her passion for coaching as she loves seeing athletes accomplish their goals. As a coach, Kahlia has worked with numerous athletes to help them achieve qualifying times from Country Championships through to Australian Age National Championships. This year she was selected as the Victorian State Open Water Assistant Coach and a Victorian Performance Pathways Coach. In 2020, Kahlia was also selected into the High-Performance Coaching Pathways team of elite female coaches within Victoria. This group helps further her coaching education with weekly course work and extra access to seminars and guest speakers. Kahlia believes in developing young athletes through extensive technique work beginning with our juniors. She has a holistic approach to her coaching and focuses on creating incredible people through sport, not just great swimmers. She brings undeniable energy, dedication and commitment to developing a successful team.

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Declan McKay

Junior Coach

Declan is a Bronze licensed coach with close to 5 years experience in the aquatics industry. Declan learnt to swim at Aquarena and represented Doncaster-Templestowe competitively from 2008-2016. Declan's competitive swimming background and significant coaching experience gives him the skills to coach swimmers of all abilities, with a particular focus on entry-level squads and open water swimming. Away from the pool, Declan studies Law/Science (Chemistry) at La Trobe University, and is looking to complete his Open Water Coaching qualification

Kendra Jewell

Junior Coach

Kendra has been a competitive swimmer from the age of 12 years old which stemmed her passion for the sport and desire to motivate the next generation of swimmers by becoming a swim coach. During her swimming career Kendra competed at state and national events as an open water swimmer where she represented both Doncaster Templestowe Swim Club and Victoria. In her short time of coaching Kendra has coached all levels from Academy to Intermediate and acted as the interim coach for the State and National squad. 

Olivia Respini

Junior Coach

Olivia is our fantastic Academy 2 & Junior Coach, helping transition our athletes from Learn to Swim into Competitive Swimming. Her bubbly attitude on pool deck gives the swimmers a feeling of ease and helps them enjoy what they’re doing. Olivia transitioned into this position from Learn to Swim teaching here at Aquarena. Olivia is a past DTSC swimmer who achieved a 10-year member award.