Our Coaches

Justin Bell

Head Coach

Primary SquadsOpen High Performance, National Age Performance and National Target Squads


Justin Bell is Surrey Park’s Head Coach. He is an experienced Silver Licence Coach who has coached swimmers to compete successfully at State National and International levels. Justin is the primary coach of Surrey Park’s National Open, National Age and National Target squads.

Justin rejoined Surrey Park’s Coaching Team as National Age Coach in May 2019.  He had spent much of his previous ‘swimming life’ at Surrey Park, initially as a successful swimmer who went on to compete at National level, then as an assistant coach working primarily with the Club’s more Junior State-level swimmers. He is also a member of a 3rd generation Surrey Park family.

Justin’s skills as a coach were recognized outside the Club and the State and he was given the opportunity to move to Queensland and broaden his coaching knowledge and experience; also to work with more senior, as well as junior athletes.

During the time in Queensland Justin’s coaching career as a coach prospered. He was selected as an Australian Team Coach for the Australian Junior Pan Pacs 2018 Team and was the coach of swimmers selected for this team in both 2018 and 2019.

Some of Justin’s other coaching achievements include:

– Primary Coach of Victorian National Age Finalists and medal winners

– Victorian State Teams coach in 2021 and 2020

– National Age Squad Coach of the Rackley Club and Lead Coach at St Joseph’s College, Brisbane

– Primary Coach of a number of Queensland National Age Finalists and medal winners

– Queensland State Teams coach in 2017

– Numerous Queensland State Finalists

Anthony Di Petta

Senior Coach

Primary Squads: State Performance and State Junior Squads


Anthony Di Petta is a Bronze licenced swim coach who joined Surrey Park’s coaching team in 2021. He has been in the Aquatics industry for 14 years having started off as a Learn To Swim instructor and progressing on to coaching junior swimmers. His most recent role was as Assistant coach at Ruyton Girls’ School.

Anthony holds a Swimming Australia Development Coach Licence (Bronze) and has completed a Diploma in Health Science.

Elijah Gatica

Senior Coach

Primary Squads: National Squads


Elijah is a Development Licenced Coach. Elijah was originally from Canberra. He competed at National level and then later became Head Coach at the Ginninderra Swimming Club. Elijah’s most recent coaching position has been on the Sunshine Coast at St Andrews Swimming Club. There he worked in a National Development role as well as an assistant to the High Performance squad coach working closely with current Australian Team members.

Elijah will work across all of the National squads but will initially spend most of his time with the National Target Squad to assist in developing the next generation of National-level Surrey Park athletes.

Matt Burns

Lead Junior Coach

Primary Squads: State Development and Junior Squads


Matt competed for Surrey Park as a State Level swimmer in both pool and open events for a number of years. He also qualified to swim at the Australian Open Water Championships.

In addition, Matt has worked as a Teacher in Surrey Park’s Learn to Swim program. More recently he started coaching the Club’s Junior Squads. He holds a Swimming Australia Development Coach Licence (Bronze).

As Surrey Park’s Lead Junior Coach, Matt oversees the whole junior squad program on behalf of the Head Coach, and also assists with the co-ordination of the transition of swimmers from learn to swim into the Club’s Junior Squad Program.

Michael Goff

Senior Coach

Primary Squads: Open Performance and State Target Squad


Michael is a Bronze Licenced Coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness programs over the last 12 years.  He also has a Certificate III and IV in Fitness Training. During the past few years Michael’s emphasis has been on activation and rehabilitation, particularly in swimming.

Michael is the primary coach of both Surrey Park’s Open Performnce and State Target Squads. He also assists with coaching of the Club’s other squads. In addition he is helping with the development and training of instructors who work in Surrey Park’s learn to swim program.

Assistant Coaches

Anna Orelli

Anna is a current Surrey Park swimmer who trains with the Open Performance Squad . She is working diligently towards qualifying for Nationals in 2024. She has experience working as a learn to swim instructor. Currently Anna trains eight times each week and attends three gym sessions.  Through her experience and work ethic, she is a great role model for the Surrey Park’s younger swimmers.

Anthony Lin

Anthony holds a Swimming Australia Development Coach Licence (Bronze). He is also a member of Surrey Park’s High Performance Squad.

Anthony works closely with the Lead Junior Coach and assists with coaching of the Club’s Junior and State State Development squads.

Chris Tang

Chris holds a Swimming Australia Development Coach Licence (Bronze).

Chris assists with coaching of the Club’s Junior Squads. He has also worked as an instructor in Surrey Park’s Learn to Swim Program and coached the Learn to Swim Development Squads.

Hamish McDougall

Hamish holds a Swimming Australia Development Coach Licence (Bronze). Hamish has extensive experience as a former Surrey Park High Performance swimmer and current surf lifesaver.

Hamish works closely with the Head Coach and assists with different squads across the Club.

Jazmyn Kursidim

Jazmyn competed as a State Level swimmer for Surrey Park for a number of years and was a State finalist. She also works as a teacher in the Club’s Learn to Swim program. Jazmyn has first hand understanding of the technique and training standards upheld in all of the Club’s squads and of squad pathways

Qiao Ning Huang

Qiao holds a Swimming Australia Development Coach Licence (Bronze). She is also a secondary school teacher. Qiao assists with coaching of the Club’s Junior Squads. She also works  in Surrey Park’s Learn to Swim program.

Yu-Lin Cheng

Yu-Lin has been part of the Surrey Park family since 2019. She also works in Surrey Park’s Learn to Swim program taking all levels including Development Squad (Level 8). Through her passion for swimming Yu-Lin has continued to develop her knowledge and experience. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer who assists in the planning of quality pre swim dryland sessions for the Club’s Junior squads.