Support Staff

Posted on June 17, 2013 by

jamie_youngsonJamie Youngson
Director of Athletic Development

Jamie has worked as a professional strength and conditioning since 2004, supporting development to high performance athletes across many sports, including: swimming, rowing, rugby, basketball, soccer, cycling, athletics, shooting and winter sports. After starting his strength and conditioning career in Brisbane, he returned to his native Scotland where he worked with the Scottish Institute of Sport, before returning to Australia in 2006 to co-ordinate strength and conditioning services for the Queensland Academy of Sport’s Regional Program (no longer in operation). From 2007-09’, Jamie held the position of Athletic Performance Coach with the Queensland Reds’ Rugby Academy. Over the last six years, he has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport, where he was a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach supporting a number of senior programs and national teams, including: Swimming, Para-swimming, Rowing and Moguls Ski.  Jamie also has a special interest in coaching science, where he is in the final stages of completing his Master’s degree (research) through the University of Canberra.


Josh PhotoJoshua Brady
BGS Swimming Strength and Conditioning

Josh completed an extended university practicum with BGS in 2015 towards the end of his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree (Human Movement Studies) from the University of Queensland. This lead to fulfilling an important role within the Athletic Development Program to coordinate the delivery of Strength and Conditioning programs to BGS students, as well as an integral role supporting the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for BGS Swimming. Being a competitive powerlifter Josh has a keen interest in strength development and how it applies to sporting and athletic endeavours. Having worked with individual athletes and sporting teams of all ages he has a sound understanding of athletic development from junior through to open level athletes. His coaching method is one of safe, effective and progressive strength and conditioning training.



Nicholas Smith
QLD Academy of Sport & Swimming QLD – Coaching/Science Development Officer

Nick is a Sport Scientist specialising in coach education at Swimming Queensland. Nick provides High Performance consultation services to the BGS Swimming Club.

Nick graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) with practical experience in Exercise Physiology and Sport Science. He began working in swimming as a trainee with Stephan Widmer (Olympic Gold Medal Coach) in 2009, providing bio mechanical filming and support in training. In 2011, Nick completed his Honours degree in Skill Acquisition, analysing the approach phase of the freestyle tumble turn.

In 2012, Nick began a post-graduate scholar position at the Australian Institute of Sport, working in the Aquatic Testing, Training and Research Unit. This position involved detailed bio-mechanical analysis of swimming skills and technique and providing race analysis at competitions.

In September 2012, Nick began working at Swimming Queensland as the Coaching-Science Development Officer. The primary aim of his position is to develop the understanding, skills and knowledge of Queensland coaches to help sport science become effectively integrated into the daily training environment. Nick works across multiple sport science disciplines and provides services at training camps, state, national and international competitions.

Nick is also a Bronze License Swimming Coach and believes the combination of his coaching and scientific knowledge has been extremely valuable when working with coaches to help develop their swimmers.


lachlan_mitchell2Lachlan Mitchell
QLD Academy of Sport, Exercise Physiologist

Lachlan Mitchell is a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport Performance Science team who specialises in swimming physiology. He provides advice on elite training methods, adaptation to training and environmental interventions to the BGS Swimming Club.

After coaching swimmers for over 5 years throughout high school and university Lachlan graduated from Bond University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Sport Science. He then took up a post-graduate position in the Physiology discipline at the Australian Institute of Sport. Over the next 3+ years Lachlan worked closely with the swimming program at the AIS, including in the preparation for the London 2012 Olympics. In this time Lachlan completed an Honours degree and began work on his PhD through this University of Canberra. The focus of his research has been on training load and physiological adaptations to training in elite swimmers.

In August 2014 Lachlan came to Brisbane and began work with the Queensland Academy of Sport. Lachlan assisted many of the coaches and swimmers who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics keep their training methods and physiological testing at a world class standard.