Communication with the parents is important and the coaches will be available away from the pool deck to discuss issues.  They hope to see SMILES from all swimmers at training and coming away with PERSONAL BEST times at meets.  Good luck for the upcoming season.

Our Fantastic Coaching Team

Noel Donnelly - Head Coach

IGS Head Coach

Personal Achievements:

Noel is a former Australian Champion Butterfly Swimmer, a former Qld Surf Race Champion and was a Medallist at Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships.

Coaching Experience:

  • Assistant Coach to Laurie Lawrence for 3 years, coaching Jon Sieben (1984 Olympic Gold Medallist 200 fly), Duncan Armstrong (1988 Olympic Gold Medallist 200 Freestyle) and our very own Justin Lemberg.
  • Head Coach Nambour, coaching Dianne Johnson (1990 Commonwealth Games Team), Guy Leech ( Australian Iron Man Champion) and Neil Brooks (1980 Olympic Gold medallist).
  • St Peters Western for 3 years, starting the program with Michael Bohl and Peter Gartrell both current Australian team coaches.
  • 10 years coaching National and State qualifiers in Sydney.
  • Coaching a Top 20 European Club in London for 3 years.
  • Vietnam National and Olympic Head Coach for 3 years. 


Stephen Ballhause

Stephen Ballhause based at Ipswich Girls Grammar School.

Steven has spent the last 12 years teaching and coaching swimming in Queensland.

Coaching Experience:

  • Years with the Haley Lewis Swim School as swim teacher, assistant coach and head coach.
  • 5 Years as Head coach at Southside Rockets. Taking the swim team from Div 5 to Div 3 in 3 seasons.
  • In 2014 he trained his first National Age Championship breakststroke swimmer.
  • 9 months at Milton State School as Head Coach and swim teacher.


Geno Young

Swimming is his passion.  He has swum competitively since age 5.  He has featured in local papers in 2015.

Coaching Experience:

  • Starting coaching at 18 years old.
  • Won junior coach of the year 2012 and 2013.
  • Won assistant coach of the year 2012.
  • Internationally accredited in Australia, New Zealand and USA.


  • 1st African-American Olympic Swim Coach

“Whatever I do, I do with passion. I am not afraid, I was born for this”


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