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Marcelino De Lima

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Coach TAS Swimming White Rock Campus
Silver Licence swimming coach

For the last 16 years, TAS Swimming assistant coach Marcelino De Lima has coached many children first in his home country of Brazil and now in Australia. It is his unique and complementary style of coaching that makes Marcelino an important addition to the TAS Swimming coaching team as well as his breadth of experience that has seen him work with some of Queensland’s most talented younger swimmers both in the pool and open water.

For Marcelino, regardless of where you live, your background or where you come from, the fundamentals of coaching remain the same – have fun, be the best that you can be and continue to strive for excellence. “Not all kids will become champions, but what I hope they learn from swimming, they will take with them through life. Nothing builds resilience, mental toughness, commitment and dedication more than swimming,” he says.

Since moving to Australia in 2010, Marcelino has enjoyed a number of different coaching roles including time as head coach at Wellers Hill before moving to the Albany Creek Leisure Centre, where he worked as the state development coach for the prominent Brisbane swimming club. Marcelino’s coaching philosophy has always been to ask the question of his swimmers – “what can you do to improve to be better tomorrow?”

Marcelino is highly qualified in sport and recreation holding a number of specialist certificates as well as a degree in Physical Education from the University of Franca in Brazil.

He holds an ASCTA Silver Level License, as well as qualifications as an open water coach, Swimming Australia Teacher of Competitive Swimming, a Swimming Australia Teacher, a Bronze Medallion lifesaver and pool lifeguard.

Marcelino knows only too well the commitment required of swimmers, and he too has had to overcome his own challenges to fulfill his dream of working in Australia. The first was learning to speak English. It is his own passion, and enthusiasm that he loves sharing with his swimmers.

“Swimming should be about working hard, having fun, and enjoying the experience. Kids are not professionals they should meet new friends, and be social while still reaching their swimming goals,” he adds.