About us

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Children on the autism spectrum are 160 times more likely to drown than their peers. Autism Swim is on a mission to change this disproportionate statistic and ensure aquatics becomes inclusive, worldwide.

Autism Swim are the world leaders in inclusive aquatics. We are a small but mighty team, and can only continue to achieve our mission due to the dedication and expertise of the incredible team below:

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Children on the autism spectrum are 160 times more likely to drown than their peers. Autism Swim is on a mission to change this disproportionate statistic and ensure aquatics becomes inclusive, worldwide.

Autism Swim are the world leaders in inclusive aquatics. We are a small but mighty team, and can only continue to achieve our mission due to the dedication and expertise of the incredible team below:

Meet the Autism Swim Team

GENERAL MANAGER

Antoinette Spear

About Antoinette
Favourite thing about my job:
I love that my job makes a difference. My motivation? Decades from now, we'll look back and appreciate the huge impact we've made. Not just for people on the autism spectrum, but for society as a whole.

 

Fun fact:
I'm today years old and no matter how hard I try, I still can't whistle!


OPERATIONS MANAGER

Chloe Alder

About Chloe

Favourite thing about your job?
It sounds cheesy but I love that what we do makes a difference to this world! I'm all about inclusion in action and seeing in real time how people can access mainstream services and programs that have the knowledge and understanding to support their needs is awesome!

What’s your hidden talent/quirky fun fact? 
Fun fact: turtles breathe through their bums.


ALL ROUNDER

Sue Warner

About Sue
Favourite thing about your job? 
I love working with a team that strives to include everyone.
What’s your hidden talent/quirky fun fact? 
I prefer my grapes in liquid form it helps me to be organised.


ADMIN OFFICER

Binita Watts

About Binita
Favourite thing about your job? 
Favourite thing about your job?

Is to be able to connect with people all over the world, with the same like mindedness for inclusion and diversity for individuals with other abilities, in and around the water.

What’s your hidden talent/quirky fun fact? 
Fun fact - Hippos can’t swim. They do a slow motion gallop on the bottom of the river or sea floor that moves them up. Even when they are sleeping a built-in reflex allows them to bob up to take a breath and then they sink back down but don't wake up.


E-LEARNING MANAGER

Marko Kovacevic

About Marko

Favourite thing about your job?
Working at AS is very rewarding for me. I've been able to help others learn, develop their competencies, and have great learning experiences. Moreover, it is creative and requires a dynamic mindset, and continuous search for solutions. Never a dull moment!

What’s your hidden talent/quirky fun fact?
I'm a nurse. 🙂

CREATIVE LEAD

Amy Louise

About Amy
Favourite thing about your job? 

I love working Autism Swim because it lets me meaningfully contribute to reducing drowsing risks for those on the autism spectrum. The team's shared passion for this cause creates a really inspiring environment to work in. I feel really blessed to be apart of the team.

What’s your hidden talent/quirky fun fact? 

Years of gymnastics and dance haven't gone to waste-I can still do the splits!

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MANAGER, GROWTH AND PARTNERSHIPS

Michael King

About Michael
Favourite thing about your job? 
I love working in community and helping people achieve their goals. My role allows me to engage with corporate and community groups who want to have an impact and have a passion for inclusion and diversity.
What’s your hidden talent/quirky fun fact? 
I learnt to play the didgeridoo while living in an indigenous community.


Autism Swim Board of Directors

CHAIR

Mark Liberatore

About Mark

Mark Liberatore (MBA) has been working in the social and community services sector for well over a decade and is extremely passionate about supporting as many people as possible to live healthy and happy lives. This passion was the driving factor behind him commencing his career as an Allied Health Professional, and more specifically, as an ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

The time he spent as an AEP provided Mark with visibility of some of the inequalities people living with disability face in achieving their health and wellbeing goals. As a result, he has dedicated his career to advocating for the rights of people living with disabilities and has developed extensive experience in operations management, product development, change management and business transformation. He is currently employed at Cerebral palsy alliance as a Regional Therapy Manager (Northern NSW) and is extremely excited to be joining the Autism Swim family.

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Marni Ryan

About Marni

Marni Ryan is a highly experienced and solution-driven executive with a proven track record of 15 years leading high-performing marketing and communications teams in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Marni has led the brand strategy for high-visitation cultural institutions of national significance, like the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain, she helped grow Earth Hour from a grassroots movement to a household name in Australia and led WWF’s brand, marketing, and innovation team through a period of rapid growth. She is recognised as an expert in her field and was part of the global Communications Advisory Group for the United Nations Decade of Oceans. From leadership roles with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to the University of Queensland, Marni’s experience in brand strategy, digital marketing and strategic partnerships will be an asset to Autism Swim as we chart our path to growth.

Marni is passionate about creating an inclusive community and as a Mum to two children who love the ocean and love the water, she is an advocate for helping children of all abilities be safe and feel included in the water.

Tim Donovan

About Tim

Tim Donovan is a highly experienced corporate executive and consultant, with a proven track record of over 10 years of successful organisational transformation, board governance oversight and senior executive leadership.

Along with his global business experience, Tim is a committed swimmer and lover of the water, having swum competitively in the pool during his childhood, he is now globally recognised as an accomplished open water ultra marathon swimmer, with solo crossings of the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, Alcatraz and Lake Zurich among some of his achievements. Tim is a holder of the global triple crown of open water swimming, as well as the Australian triple crown of open water swimming.

As a sibling of a person with neurodiverse needs who has also had the opportunity to swim at an international level, Tim has personal experience in just how important water education is, not only for safety, but also the enrichment and huge positives it can bring to people's lives. Tim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Autism Swim team and is passionate about ensuring people of all abilities are able to benefit from the joy of swimming in a safe environment.

Nathan Kessey

Autism Swim Board of Advisors

Brett Adams

Erika Gleeson

Dr. Geoff Potter

Matt Haanappel

Dippers Clinicians

Bondi Dippers - 2024

Jess

Coogee Dippers - 2024

Leo

Port Macquarie Dippers - 2024

Paige

Warriewood Dippers- 2024

Hannah

Coolangatta Dippers - 2024

Alicia

Bronte Dippers - 2024

Ashleigh

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Who do we work with?

  • Swim Centres and Instructors
  • Aquatic Therapists
  • Parents and families
  • Schools (both specialised and mainstream)
  • Surf Life Saving Clubs
  • Government bodies
  • Not-for-profits
  • Education bodies

Aquatic Professionals

We work with swimming instructors, swim centres, therapists and other aquatic professions; providing them with training, resources and support so that they are better geared to teach those who require some more support around the water.

As a result, they become Autism Swim Approved.

Parents

Parents benefit from receiving expert resources, training, workshops, individualised programs and strategies on wandering and drowning prevention.

Click below for more information on our parent training and membership options.

Why does Autism Swim exist?

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91% of parents in our community have left other aquatic services due to them not understanding their child’s needs.

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Children on the autism spectrum are 160 times more likely to drown than their peers.

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