Committee - Executive team
Chairperson - Janice Saunders
Chairperson Superfins WA Inc
I have been a parent member of Superfins since 1997 when my daughter joined as a swimmer. I was initially on the fundraising committee from 1998 and became chair of that committee in 2000. The Fundraising Committee took over full management of the club from 2006 and I have remained as Chairperson of this committee since that time.
Without doubt my involvement with Superfins has been a most rewarding experience and an absolute privilege. All our swimmers are wonderful and like a huge family.
Vice Chairperson - Steven Munks
Steve has been involved with Superfins since 2006 when his daughter, Carys, joined the club. As Superfins became an important and integral part of Carys’s life, Steve decided to join the Committee, initially as the Swimming WA swim meet officer and later was elected Vice-President. Steve encourages our members to give competitive swimming a try and is the person to contact to demystify the classification process for multi-class swimming. Several Paralympic swimmers started out with Superfins, so you never know where this sport can take you. Steve is also a regular on many of the Superfins camps held each year.
Steve is an accountant with 33 years experience but is soon to embark on a seachange. He is married with three adult daughters and enjoys spending any spare time with them and watching his favourite team, the Hawthorn football club.
Treasurer - Stephen Robinson
Steve joined the Committee in August 2017 shortly after his son, Keith, became a club member of the Superfins. Keith and Steve are active competitors in the WA open water series and have completed a Rottnest Channel crossing together in a team of four. Recently they came back from the World Masters Water polo championships in Budapest where Keith was manager of Steve’s team.
Steve is an economist and is currently an Executive Director of Metals X Ltd, an ASX-300 mining company. He has previously served on the boards of several other ASX listed companies. Steve has extensive experience in charities, community groups and sports clubs, having been a board member for seven years (and chair for one) of the Centre for Cerebral Palsy (now the Ability Centre), on the Board of Woodlands Primary School for three years, Chair of an Aboriginal investment company for four years and has coached at the UWA Little Athletics Club for the past ten years.
Steve’s goal for the year is to not fall too far behind the speedy Superfins swimmers!
Secretary - Tony Curry
Tony Curry currently holds the position of Secretary on the Superfins Committee, a position he has held for the past five years. He is married to Shelley and has four children, the oldest of whom is Nathan who has been a member of Superfins for about twenty years.
All of his family are very proud of Nathan's swimming achievements. In terms of the Superfins Club, the recent highlights for Nathan have included his two interstate trips for the National Masters Championships and the annual camps.
He is employed at Catholic Education Western Australia (which is located in Leederville) and his role involves working with the staff and students in the various (162) Catholic schools around the State of WA.
Kat Fortnum - Senior coach
I started as a volunteer at Superfins in 2013 while completing my Bachelor of Science specialising in Sport Science, Exercise and Health. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I developed an interest and passion for working with individuals with disabilities. Double this with my background as a competitive swimmer, and I naturally jumped at the opportunity to take on a volunteer coaching role. I immediately knew I wanted to give more to the club, and so have completed extra training along the way and now hold my ASCTA Bronze Coach Licence. Outside of Superfins, my life is busy with a PhD at UWA. I’m currently working on a project seeking to improve the physical activity participation levels of children with Mental Health Disorders such as anxiety and ADHD. Alongside my PhD and time spent on pool deck with Superfins, I work as an Exercise Physiologist. In between all of the serious things in life I love to travel, get out for a run, relax with my partner and our two beautiful cats, or go for a refreshing swim at the beach.
Vanessa Jessett - Learn to Swim Coordinator
As a child I dreamed of becoming a mermaid, becoming a swimming teacher is as close as I have been able to achieve this goal.
I began working for the Education Department 20 years ago and now, along with being coordinator for the Learn to Swim program, I am a teacher and CSO at a local shire swim program. I have my Austswim swim and water safety, access and inclusion, babies and toddlers and assessors accreditation and am also a Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO).
When not in the water, I am the mum of three boys and the chair for a Secondary Education Support Centre school board.
Suzanna Olsen - Senior squad coach
Hi, I’m Suzanna. I've been coaching for Superfins since early 2014. The best part about my role is being able to work closely with such a dedicated and supportive group of spirited swimmers - they bring immense joy to us coaches.
I'm currently completing a Master of Exercise Science degree at UWA, and other than studying and working, I enjoy being outdoors, playing netball, practising acroyoga, and spending time with friends and family.
The head coaches are supported by a talented and dedicated team of swimming coaches that love their roles and the positive influence they can have on the lives of the athletes.
Brief history of Superfins WA
1985 - WACPSRA was set up by parents at ‘The Spastic Welfare Association of Western Australia’ as it was then known.
1985 - CP swim group was formed with 5/6 swimmers at Inglewood pool.
1990 - On a trip to Assen with swim team, Phil Jose sat next to Trevor Goddard who was coaching Blind Association swimmers on the other side of the pool at Inglewood. It was decided to amalgamate the two groups.
1991 - Kerry Smith in her position with WADSA (President) encouraged the group to move to Superdrome in Claremont with advantage of heated, indoor, air-conditioned pool, and was able to obtain financial support from WADSA for lanes and equipment. This also meant that the club could be opened up to any swimmers with a disability.
1995 - Club was formalised as Superdrome Superfins.
1996 - Became incorporated.
2002 - Superfins became affiliated with WADSA and with WA Swimming (or Swimming WA as it is known today).
2006 - Phil and Kerry decided to hand over all aspects of the club to a parent committee and Phil also chose to withdraw from his role on pool deck as coach. The existing Fundraising Committee took control of the administration of the club.
2010 - We became affiliated with Masters Swimming WA and also began both a National squad and a Learn to Swim Program for school aged children with disabilities.
2011 - There was a restructure of the club creating two separate squads, the Stroke Development Squad and the Senior Squad.
2018 - Learn to Swim has 60 swimmers and a waiting list and squads have 70 swimmers.
Nicky, Mary, Mathew, Janette, Robert, Paola, Alan, Maree, Vanessa and Rosemary