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Posted on June 17, 2013 by

Christopher Sharpe
BGS Swimming Strength and Conditioning

Chris is a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach and has been coaching with a range of sports since 2014. This has included swimming, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, basketball, rowing, tennis and soccer with elite and emerging athletes. Chris graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) in 2016. For his practicum he spent a full season with the Brisbane Broncos working alongside their High-Performance Staff. He has also spent two preseasons with the National Performance Squad at Cricket Australia. Chris has worked at BGS since 2016 and is the head Strength and Conditioning coach of the National, State, Junior Burger and Micro Burger squads within the BGS Swimming Club Program. He prescribes safe and progressive fundamental movements to improve the athletes overall athletic development.



Nicholas Smith
QLD Academy of Sport – Performance Scientist (Biomechanics)
PhD Scholar – USC/QAS

Nick is a Performance Scientist specialising in swimming biomechanics at the Queensland Academy of Sport, and is responsible for delivering technical interventions to high performance programs in Brisbane. Nick is also undertaking a PhD through the University of the Sunshine Coast which aims to identify the biomechanical and perceptual variables involved in the swimming relay changeover.

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. In 2011, Nick completed his Honours degree in Skill Acquisition, analysing the approach phase of the freestyle tumble turn. After completing a post-graduate scholar position at the Australian Institute of Sport, Nick began working at Swimming Queensland as the Coaching-Science Development Officer in 2012. The primary aim of his position was to develop the understanding, skills and knowledge of Queensland coaches to help sport science become effectively integrated into the daily training environment. For the last 5+ years, Nick has worked across multiple sport science disciplines and provided services at training camps, state, national and international competitions.

Nick is also a Bronze Licence Swimming Coach and believes the combination of coaching and scientific knowledge has been extremely valuable when provide technical feedback to elite coaches and athletes.


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.


Liam Mulligan
BGS Swimming Strength and Conditioning

Liam has worked as strength and conditioning coach since graduating in 2010. He has assisted numerous athletes in their athletic development and physical performance to high performance sport across a variety of sports , including: swimming , soccer, athletics, surf lifesaving, and MMA.
Originally from the North East England, Liam studied at Northumbria University and graduated from a Sport & Exercise Science with applied coaching degree.
Since relocating to Australia, Liam has spent time lecturing and mentoring young strength and conditioning coaches as they begin a career in strength and conditioning.
Currently, Liam’s fulltime position is at BGGS where he coordinates the athletic development program.
Liam has been working with the BGS swim squad since 2017. During this time he has programmed for multiple National and International swimmers.

– Bs Hons Sport & Exercise Science with Coaching
– Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 2
– CrossFit Level 1
– Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Level 2
– EXOS – Performance Specialist
– FMS Level 2
– Senior First Aid and CPR


Rhett Cope
BGS Swimming Strength and Conditioning

Rhett is a qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach and with over nine years of experience in athletic development and physical performance. This experience has comprised of coaching, rehabilitation, mentoring and performance management with a wide range of athletes from multiple different sporting backgrounds.
Rhett graduated as Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2017 and is currently completing a Master of High Performance Sport at the Australian Catholic University, as well as completing his Australian Strength and Conditioning Level 2 qualification. Rhett is also involved in coaching at North’s Devils Rugby League as the Head of Strength and Power and is additionally is self-employed working privately with athletes based in north Brisbane.
Rhett has been brought on board to help our swimmers become stronger, more powerful and resilient through the demands of the swimming season.


Lewis Burrows
BGS Athletic Development Coach

  • Degree in Sport Science, University of Queensland
  • Moved to join the Athletic Development team in 2018, began assisting in all squads at the BGS swim club from junior to national level athletes.
  • Keen interest in Biomechanics and data analysis.
  • Been involved with coaching for over 10 years, both as a head coach of varying sports and within the strength and conditioning realm. Helps to provide a strong communication lines to head coaches, to achieve desired vision. Able to communicate and facilitate athletes identifying their own individual goals.
  • Heavily involved in multiple sports, providing a well-rounded approach to strength and conditioning requirements.
  • Regularly involved in upskilling and attending professional development sessions.