Meet Sandy

12 March 2019 By AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre

If you have had swim lessons at the AIS in the last 24 years, you probably have had Sandy as your swim instructor at some stage. Read on to find out more about our longest standing swim instructor.

Where are you from? 

I moved to Canberra from Gunnedah, NSW in 1976 to study computing. I’ve spent two thirds of my life here. It’s where I met my husband and raised my 4 children.

How long have you been teaching at the AIS ?  

I’ve been at the AIS since June 1995 and have taught a variety of ages and levels since that time. (I still have the letter confirming my employment with the Australian Sports Commission!) 

Why did you become a Swim Instructor? 

I was watching my kids swim lessons and thought… I’d like to do that. I have always loved swimming and competed for many years when I was younger (until I was 16). 

What do you enjoy the most about teaching swimming? 

I love seeing children grow in confidence as they learn and progress in their swimming. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

In the last four years since retiring from childcare, I volunteer at Lifeline in Mitchell processing puzzles and games for resale at three annual book fairs to raise money for the cause. I enjoy doing puzzles, reading, gardening and walking in my quiet times. 

What is your favourite place to visit? 

I love my family so wherever they are is my favourite. Caloundra has become one of my regular places to go as well. It has lovely coastlines nearby for walking and they have a music festival there in October each year, which is a bonus. 

What is something people might find surprising about you? 

I attempted snowboarding a few times. I completed an enticer triathlon (in honour of the late Jackie Fairweather) before I turned 60. I have participated in six MS Megaswim events in the last seven years and will do so again this year. 

What is the funniest thing a child has ever said or done in one of your lessons? 

One thing that stands out for me is seeing those mat runs in our baby classes where some little cherubs thought it was a catwalk and they would walk that mat with pride and attitude. They were great funny moments!