SUSC is one of many sporting clubs operating under the umbrella of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF). The Club is a competitive club and caters for swimmers of all ages and offers a range of squads for young people who love to swim - from kids just graduating from the Learn to Swim program through to serious Age-group and Open competitors going through to National competitions.

SUSC has had many well-known swimmers competing at international level for the club, including; Matthew Abood, Matt Dunn, Chris Fydler, Elka Graham, Brett Hawke, Sarah Hilt, Katrina Porter, and Phil Rogers to name a few. However, in 2016 funding which the Club received through Swimming Australia was cut. This caused the Club to lose its High Performance Coaches, its high profile swimmers and its reputation as the most prominent swim club in Sydney.

The rebuilding phase commenced early in 2017. Other key achievements during 2017, 2018 and early in 2019 have included; significant growth in the number of Sydney Uni student members, further collaboration between the SUSC and Sydney Uni Swim School resulting in increased Club membership and swim meet participation and excellent performances being achieved at a state, metro and national level.

This success has been underpinned by a dedicated coaching team. The current Head Coach of Sydney Uni Swimming is Paul Bruce who brings a wealth of experience. Paul is supported by Jake Hodgetts and Anton Nikulin. Paul, Jake and Anton are building a strong club culture, which is based on having clearly defined competitive objectives, creating a strong sense of inclusion and being committed to open communication and constructive feedback. By living these values the Club also hopes to fulfil its mission of ‘Empowering young people to be champions, in and out of the water, for a lifetime’.



Paul commenced full time as Head Coach – Sydney University Swimming in January 2019 and is a Gold Licence Swimming Coach, with an Executive Certificate in Athlete and Career Management.


Paul brings a wealth of Coaching and Swimming experience to Sydney Uni Swimming, having been a Coach and Sports Administrator at all levels and disciplines within the sport of swimming for over 25 years.  Paul has held positions with several swimming clubs throughout his career, both in Australia and overseas, including four years at Swimming Australia, two years at the Australian Institute of Sport, and culminating with his selection as a Coach to the New Zealand Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 


Paul is Australian Swim Teach Coach #117 and was named Swimming WA’s Coach of the Year in 2015.

To contact Paul please email: p.bruce@sport.usyd.edu.au

Jake Hodgetts

Jake is the Swimming Club Assistant Club Coach at Sydney University. Jake has had a passion for swimming since a very young age and throughout his early career he won numerous NSW State Age Titles and held several NSW State All-Comers Records by the age of 16 years. In 2012, after successfully medalling in a couple events at the Australia Age Title, Jake was selected as part of the Junior Australian Swim Team.


After many years competing at Australian National Open Nationals between 2012 to 2017, Jake decided to retire from competing and took up a position as the Assistant Coach at Sydney University in July 2017. He has more recently completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and is now completing further study in a Masters of High Performance Sport. In the future, he hopes to use this combination of study and experience to work with athletes to achieve a world class standard of performance.

To contact Jake please email: j.hodgetts@sport.usyd.edu.au

Anton looks after both the competitive and non-competitive Junior Squads at Sydney University Swimming Club.

He started as a swimming Instructor at the club in October 2015 while finishing the Diploma of Sports Development. After that he completed the Competitive Strokes swimming course in 2016 and then an ASCTA Bronze coaching licence mid 2017. He is currently in the process of completing the Silver Licence coaching accreditation.


Anton was born in Russia, but after finishing high school decided to pursue his dreams in Australia and found his passion for teaching the sport of swimming. He enjoys guiding swimmers to achieve their goals by helping them understand the Why? What? When? And How? of swimming. This method of self-reflection helps swimmers to be the best they can be.


Anton was a competitive swimmer in Russia until 2012 with a number of first places at State level meets. He has recently returned to competitive swimming after a 6 year break and currently training in Varsity Squad with Open & National swimmers with a goal of qualifying for the Long Course National Championships in the future.

To contact Anton please email a.nikulin@sport.usyd.edu.au

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Ben Lindsay

Vice President

Irek Kowalski

Vice President

Sarah Wellfare


Thomas Goddard


Elliott Earnshaw

Race Secretary

Carmel Kanaley

Club Registrar

Karen Greenland

Marketing and Communications

Shanti Hughes

Marketing and Communications

Cormac Guthrie

Coaches Representative

Paul Bruce


Carl Wilson


Avril Ward

Uniform Officer

Annie Goodman

Age Group Team Manager

Donna Kerves

Member Protection Information Officer

Phil Kanaley

Member Protection Information Officer

Helen Deas

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Swimming NSW have an extensive range of information for new swimmers (and their parents) such as Code of Conduct, what to expect at your first meet, JX Awards, information about nutrition, etc. Visit: https://nsw.swimming.org.au/swim-0

Safe Sport Framework

Swimming Australia has a Safe Sport Framework which is a policy designed to keep everyone safe.

Visit: https://www.swimming.org.au/integrity-policies-rules/safe-sport-framework

COVID Code of Conduct

Swimmer's Code of Conduct

Club Night 

Parent/Carer Code of Conduct

Sydney University Swimming Club Handbook 2020