Our Coaches

Michal Skrodzki

Head Coach

Michal has been coaching since 2011 at a variety of clubs in Melbourne as well as in Poland. Michal has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and is an accredited Silver (Advanced) License coach.

Michal has coached multiple national age medallists, in the pool, open water and multi-class. Michal has been selected as Victorian state team coach twice, he has worked with the Victorian School’s Team for 3 years, and also worked with several Victorian Development Squads.

In 2018 an opportunity arouse for Michal to return to his native Poland and coach at a university program. In Poland, Michal helped coach two swimmers onto the Polish university team for the 2019 Universiade (World University Games).

Michal has experience with all ages abilities including multi-class, in 2016 Michal prepared an athlete for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Michal’s passion is seeing athletes achieve their maximum potential, not only in the pool but out of the pool too.

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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

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Yilong Chen

Junior Coach

Yilong is a swim teacher and a new coach working at Aquarena. He has been swim teaching for one year at two centres, working with infants, adults, and everything in between. Yilong is an ex-competitive swimmer between the years of 2008 to 2014. He started swimming with DTASC before moving to CA Tritons, and still holds records at both clubs. His favourite stroke is breaststroke, where he consistently made state finals. Yilong currently studies Commerce at Melbourne University, but still has a strong passion for swimming, training in his own time and participating in open water swims.

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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.