our coaches

Ballarat Swimming Club enjoys a committed and highly qualified coaching team

Jan Victor

Head Coach
2021 – present

Silver- Advanced Level Coach. Holds full ASCTA bronze accreditation , and holds a Diploma in Sports Management

Jan joined the Club from the Albany Swimming Club in WA where he was Head Coach. Prior to this position, Jan was Head Development Coach at Henley and Grange Swimming Club in South Australia for more than 10 years.

Jan has an impressive 20 years of swimming coaching experience, and is a compassionate, caring, yet and incredibly disciplined Head Coach who will lead the Clubs swimmers in achieving their goals and flourishing as swimmers. One of Jan’s goals is to reach, with swimmers, “those moments when you look into a swimmer’s eyes and see them grasping a concept and starting to believe in themselves… “

Jan’s vision is to work with the members and broader community “to grow the Club to the point of being the envy of other clubs, where excellence is a by-product of fun based on results – and hard work, because it is fun”.
Jan invites all swimmers to get in touch with the Club, and come along and try the wonderful sport of swimming with us.

Wendy Matthews

Assistant Coach
2021 – present

Teacher of  Competitive Strokes

Wendy will be undertaking the Development Coaching Course in May 2022.

Wendy has been a swim teacher for nearly 5 years with licences in: Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety; Teacher of infants and babies (6 months to 4 years old); Teacher of Access and Inclusion (special needs and disability); and 1st year qualification of Autism Swim. Recently completing teacher of Competitive strokes in January 2022
Wendy has been involved with the Ballarat Swimming Club for 9 years, on the Committee for 6 years, 4 of those years as Club Treasurer. Wendy is a parent of swimmers, so has experienced swimming from many angles. 
Wendy started as the Juniors Coach at BSC in November 2021. 
Wendy is also an amazing bookkeeper, and is currently completing a Certificate IV in bookkeeping and accounting. 

Zac Meakin

Assistant Coach
2019 – present

Teacher of Competitive Strokes

Zac has been a member of BSC for over 10 years and completed his Teacher of Competitive Strokes in 2021.  Zac takes great pride in the achievements of the Junior swimmers he has been coaching since 2019.  Personally in 2022 Zac qualified for the National Age Championships for the first time in the event of 200 breaststroke.


Ballarat Swimming Club congratulates our 2020 club leaders who have demonstrated they understand what it means to ‘be your best’, and thank them for leading our swimmers this year.

Keylah Walker

Age 16

Keylah has been a member of BSC for 4 years -last season winning the Lisa Gough Trophy for Club Spirit – a very fitting award for such a happy, bubbly and positive member of our club.
As well as a talented swimmer, Keylah is also an exceptional rower demonstrating a great commitment to both sports.


Darcy Williams

Age 16

Darcy is one of our outstanding athletes – an elite junior triathlete competing on the national circuit, exceptional distance runner, recently select for the Athletics Victoria Talent Program as well as a great pool and open water swimmer. Darcy is an excellent example for all our members that aspirations can extend beyond just pool swimming.


Alyssia jenkins

Age 17

Alyssia joined BSC 7 months ago, but even as a new swimmer has brought such a positive and motivational energy to our club. Alyssia achieved some exceptional results in Open Water events over the summer, including taking out the Shipwreck Series in the Open category.


Zachary Meakin

Age 16

Over the past 12 months Zac has become such an integral part of the BSC community – his new found passion for competitive swimming has been inspiring, and his volunteer hours on pool deck as a coaching assistant have seen him go from strength to strength in his leadership and coaching abilities.