Yuriy Burunov is a former competitive swimmer who has achieved State, National and International rankings. He has also represented Australia at the 2009 Maccabiah Games. Yuriy is a Bronze License coach and began to teach swimming in 2009, soon becoming a junior coach at Nunawading Swimming Club where he worked alongside many great coaches including Nick Valiades, Dean Bryant, Amanda Isaac, Rohan Taylor and Gary Barclay. During his time at NSC, Yuriy also managed the Yarra Valley Grammar swimming program, as well as coaching the school’s swim team. As his next challenge Yuriy took on an assistant coach position at Loreto Aquatic. During his four years in this role he was mentored by Australia’s best – Leigh Nugent. In his time there, he has developed swimmers from junior level through to state level swimmers, state finalists and medallists to national level swimmers. After his success at Loreto Aquatic, Yuriy decided to take on the role of Head Coach at Doncaster Templestowe Swimming Club and Aquarena. He looks forward to working closely with the swimmers, coaches and Aquarena team to help DTSC achieve its full potential.
Tim has loved the water for as long as he can remember, whether it be training, competing, or even heading down to the beach. Also a former competitive swimmer, he started swimming at DTSC when he was 8 and has been involved since. Having taught and coached for over 6 years, he has found his passion in developing the swimming of young individuals in the pool to be able to translate those skills and mindsets into their everyday lives. His favourite memory of his time swimming would most likely be competing at Winter Interclub (formally Winter Pennant) and swimming relays alongside his friends and teammates along with winning the 50m Breaststroke at his Year 12 SSV Swimming State Championships. During his spare time, he enjoys going down for a surf, playing water polo, and enjoying the great outdoors!
Sam has worked as a swimming teacher at Aquarena since 2015; she even completed her own swimming lessons here growing up. She has since been appointed as Assistant Coach where she is involved mainly with coaching the entry-level squads, as well as Aquatics Coordinator at Aquarena. Having also completed a teaching degree, Sam enjoys working with swimmers of all ages and enjoys seeing her students achieve new goals. She feels a sense of pride when she sees kids she once taught in swimming lessons now participating in the squads program, as she is able to see how far they’ve come. Sam is eager and enthusiastic to learn from the rest of the team and expand her knowledge. Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time by the water, as well as playing netball and soccer.
Sabina is a state level swimmer who has been involved with DTSC for over 10 years. Her favourite swimming stroke is butterfly and she loves being outdoors. Sabina enjoys working with swimmers of all abilities and feels privileged to be a part of her students' individual swimming journeys. She hopes that each of her students will be able to achieve what they want from their training and that whatever their aspirations are, they will experience the joy of swimming.