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Elle Ward

Swimming Manager

Hello! My name is Elle and I am the Swimming Manager for Ivanhoe Girls’ Aquatics. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the swim school and I hope to meet you soon!

I have been teaching for over 15 years now, but have been swimming ever since I was an infant. My passion for swimming began as a student at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, when I was enrolled in the learn-to-swim program. My love for swimming saw me join Ivanhoe Aqua Power Swimming Club, where I competed at a State level for many years. 

Being able to share my love and enjoyment of swimming with others has been the driving force behind becoming a swimming teacher. Each student’s swimming journey is unique and it is a great privilege to work alongside them. I strive to establish a genuine rapport and trusting relationship, in order to assist students to achieve their personal goals. Whether this be to: increase water safety, or overcome a fear; improve stroke technique; pursue swimming for fitness, or competition; create opportunities for social engagement; improve mental health and physical well-being; or increase enjoyment of swimming. I believe there is something for everyone.

Having recently taken up Artistic Swimming (formally Synchronised Swimming), I have an increased appreciation for the experience of each of my students as they work hard to master new skills. Though I may never reach an elite level, the chance to participate in the sport brings me great joy. I therefore hope that I can encourage more students to consider swimming for the enjoyment that it brings and not simply to be the best.