Staff Profiles

Ross Gage
CEO

Leading by example, and respected by his peers, Ross is dedicated to helping reduce drowning deaths, and ensure all Aussies learn-to-swim and become safeer, smarter and stronger as a result.

Qualified in Human Movements (Education), Ross has evolved as a successful swim teacher and coach, industry consultant, co-editor of swim journals, as well as centre manager and swim school owner. In 1997, he established ‘Swim Australia’ and has driven it ever since.

A regular Keynote Speaker, Ross has been extensively awarded for his industry involvement, receiving “Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of Swimming in Australia”, and “Meritorious Service to the Teaching of Swimming in Australia” awards.

Nicala Harris
National Office Manager

Nicala upholds extensive skill-set versatility over a broad business spectrum.

Married for 20 years, and a mother of two, Nicala is a true sports enthusiast, having spent the majority of her life in, on or around the water – originally as a competitive swimmer.

Developing her business foundations within the banking arena, Nicala then proved her true resourcefulness and loyalty, in becoming a Personal Assistant at Channel 7, for 11 years. Her professional flexibility would later see her return to the pool as a teacher for another 14 years, before advancing to a management position within the organisation.

Jasmin Forsyth (nee Geisel)
National PR & Media Manager

Jasmin is extensively skilled in sports, and media consultancy.

A former ex-elite swimmer, she medaled at various national and international championships in sprint freestyle, butterfly and relay events, before prematurely retiring in 2000, due to an ongoing back injury.

Graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Journalism – and an induction into the International Honour Society for her academic achievements – Jasmin has followed an exciting and versatile media career. Cutting her teeth at Channel’s Ten and Nine, Jasmin has enjoyed many roles as a TV host, journalist, writer and producer for a range of local and national shows, from kids, news, sport and current affairs programs.

Wearing many media-related hats, the mum of one, is a popular MC at special events, is a consultant in media, PR and writing to a range of businesses and individuals, and proudly co-runs Media Force Productions, with her husband and TV cameraman, Chris.

Emily McNeill
E.A to CEO & SwimCARE Manager

Emily has a true passion for swimming, sports and events. A graduate of Bond University with a Bachelor of Sports Management, not only has she medalled in the pool and in Open water – at both State and National level – Emily was a Learn to Swim Teacher and Coach at The Southport School (TSS) on the Gold Coast.

Here she’s assisted in realigning the learn-to-swim system, creating a �?feeder’ stage for kids transitioning from learn-to-swim to mini squad. Having assisted at several Conferences and events, Emily presents a unique set of skills, ideal for her diverse and crucial role for the organisation.

Riana Horner
Media Assistant

Since moving from England two years ago with her family, the QUT journalism student and freelance writer, has already worked for a number of fashion and lifestyle publications in Queensland. With a passion for writing, extensive experience in the production of photo shoots, an eye for detail, and remarkable flare for working with young children, Riana is an asset to the Media team.

Danielle Rossiter
National Office Assistant

Specialising in administration across a diverse field of industries, Danielle is a crucial team member in ensuring the Swim Australia engine room, is maintained.  A mother of three, Danielle has successfully teamed for love for sport, with her profound skills in front line business.  Formally an assistant teacher at an International Preschool, Danielle has taught learn-to-swim and is passionate about childhood education, wellbeing and keeping kids safer, in and around water.

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