Our swim journey

Our swim journey started back in 1997 when Briana completed her Austswim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety in Perth, Western Australia.

Briana completed her on the job training with the Education Department In-Term Swimming lessons and worked with the Education Department on and off for 20 years with both Vacswim and In-Term swimming.

Aquamotion Wanneroo was the first learn to swim program Briana worked with, and had amazing supportive team of experienced teachers for 6 years. Until she relocated overseas for 4 years, working at Summer camp in the USA, then in London.

Briana arrived back in Perth in 2008 and became an community trainer for Royal Lifesaving WA and an AUSTSWIM presenter.

A passion for learn to swim, water safety, physical development and movement lead Briana to present 3 topics at 2 King Neptune conferences in Perth.

Since 2008 Briana has gained experience across various private swim programs, council programs and the Education Department programs. During this time she developed the program Ballina Swim School is using. She has experience coordinating large swim schools with 2000 plus children and small private swim schools with 200 children.

Briana relocated in 2018 to Ballina, located in the beautiful Northern Rivers NSW, and so began the journey of Ballina Swim School.

Ballina Swim School has a vision to provide an annual complimentary 5 day swim program every July school holidays (2 x 5 day programs if possible), and to facilitate this we need community partners and funding to make this program a success. Please contact us swim@ballinaswimschool.com.au if you would like more information about getting more kids learning to swim.

Our fitness journey

I grew up being active every day with my family, we spent summers swimming down the beach, bike riding, dancing, acrobats, ballet, kicking the footy, fishing, and much more. In my teens, I developed a love of taekwondo (including competition fighting) and achieved my 2nd Dan in 1998.

My high school started the girls AFL football competition where were won the first 2 grand finals and I won fairest and best and runner up the second season, I went on to play mixed Tag AFL in London one season and won another grand final.

I sustained a debilitating back injury in 2007  while living in London, leading to an 18mm prolapse of my L5/S1 disc, resulting in loss of function.

Sciatica, nerve damage down my right leg and drop foot hit commenced early 2008 and I headed back to Perth to have surgery to alleviate the nerve damage.I was unable to walk for almost 10 months without crutches and then it was very short distances. I have major ups and major downs since I have had surgery.

I went and completed my Cert IV Fitness in Perth and workshops with Jason Griggs from Unconventional Training Academy. The workshops included mobility, powerbands, body weight training and works on correcting movement patterns and creating balance.

Every day I continue to get stronger and develop balance in my body. I have learnt to jump, hop, box jump after being told I would never do those things again.

Thankfully I found Pilates, yoga, gym, fit ball and an amazing soft tissue therapist. I have so much gratitude for the specialists who have helped me and who love to be challenged and love what they do.

I have 2 huskies Makalu and Tyson who have helped me through my journey to improving everyday function. We love our daily walks to the river in Ballina and meeting so many wonderful people.

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