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Duncan Todd

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Duncan Todd (R) with Michael Bohl (L) at the TAS Aquatic Centre

DUNCAN TODD

Director of Swimming TAS School
Head Coach TAS Swimming

Few people understand the rewards, challenges and opportunities swimming can bring than TAS School’s director of swimming and TAS Swimming head coach Duncan Todd. Spending his formative years in Hong Kong, Duncan was first a swimmer and later a coach.

A champion swimmer specialising in butterfly, he swam his way through the ranks to achieve his dream of competing at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Since then he has dedicated his career to coaching, which over the last 20 years has seen him travel the world and back helping foster the next generation of swimmers from juniors right through to some of Australia’s most recognised and well-known swimmers today.

For Duncan, who joined TAS Swimming in 2013, the most rewarding aspect of coaching is seeing people begin to believe, and achieve goals they never thought they could. He believes there are three fundamentals to coaching – the first is technical, the second is fitness and third and most important is philosophy.

“It is the coaches role to give their swimmers the skills to improve, and the belief in themselves that they can do it with the right mindset to improve,” he explains. Duncan loves working with swimmers of all ages and adapts his coaching style accordingly.

“Working with young children you are more of a teacher, focused on teaching the fundamentals and skill acquisition. When working with older swimmers, it is about breaking down those self imposed limitations, teaching less and coaching more.”

Duncan holds an ASCTA Silver Level License as well as an ASCA Level 5 Age Group License from the US. A career highlight was working as the high performance squad assistant coach at St Peters Western Swimming Club under Michael Bohl OAM in Brisbane for four years. Duncan continues to work closely with St Peters Western through his role at TAS Swimming, with the aquatic centre hosting several of the club’s elite athletes throughout 2014 and in particular leading up to the Commonwealth Games.

During his time working with Michael Bohl, Duncan helped supervise 10 Australian swimmers competing at the London Olympics as well the Korean swimmer, Tae Hwan Park, who won two silver medals at the Games, following on from his gold medal swim in the 400m Freestyle at the 2011 World Championships. Between 2000 and 2009 Duncan ran his own successful coaching business as the owner and director of coaching. He holds an Honours degree in International Business and Communications.