Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre produces 2018 Commonwealth Games Athlete and Coach

Published On 06 March 2018 at 09:00 AM

Sutherland Shire Council is proud to announce that both an Athlete and Coach from our Sutherland Leisure Centre have been selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Local swimmer Mitch Kilduff has been selected to compete in the 200m freestyle swim, in the ‘Elite Athlete with Disability S14’ category, while Head Swim Coach at Sutherland, Gavin Stewart, has been appointed as an Australian Team Coach.

Kilduff has trained at Sutherland Leisure Centre since 2010, making his first Australian Team in 2011 at the age of 15, before going on to represent Australia at a number of levels, achieving some outstanding results (see below).

“I’m relieved that I have made the team,” said Kilduff.

“It would be great to get a good result at the games.

“I’m also so pleased that I’m training with Gav because I know I’m in good hands and I feel happy and safe.”

Kilduff has been supported and coached by Stewart, who commenced coaching at Sutherland in 1995, progressing to Head Coach in 2009.

The star coach has a long list of awards and extensive Sutherland Leisure Centres high performance athlete achievements (see below), and is signed on to continue training Kilduff through the 2018 Commonwealth Games tournament.  

“Mitch has come a long way from where we started back in 2009. He has matured greatly and is ready to take the next step in his swimming career,” said Stewart.

“Mitch has prepared really well for these Commonwealth Games, much better than previous preparations. I see no reason why he won’t perform well, which would be an amazing result for himself, and his supportive family.”

“Personally, being part of the team is one of the greatest achievements in my professional career, and I am thankful for the opportunity.”

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce congratulated the two and says the squad programs run through the Sutherland Shire’s leisure centres, particularly Sutherland, are second to none.

“Sutherland Leisure Centre runs a multi-level squad program that has been developed over many years to provide people of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the sport of swimming," he said.

“These programs provide a pathway for athletes and more serious swimmers who want to compete at national and international levels while also providing the best coaching in the country.

“I’m extremely proud of both Mitch and Gavin and wish them all the best on the Gold Coast in April.”

For more information on Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres squad programs visit:


Mitch Kilduff’s achievements to-date:


  • 2011 – Made first Australian Team for Arafura Games
  • 2011 – Won 5 gold medals, 2 silver and 1 bronze at the Global Games in Italy, where he was one of the star performers.
  • 2012 - Selected on the Australian Team for the London Paralympic Games, finishing 5th in the 200m freestyle.
  • 2014 - Qualified for the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.
  • 2017 - Competed in the Swimming Australia Para Grand Prix, which was the last chance to qualify for the 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games for Para Sport athletes, winning both trials, placing in the top 3 swimmers in the world for the 200m freestyle for his classification.



Gavin Stewart’s coaching achievements to-date:


Awards received:

2008 - 1st Gold Medal at National Championships - ASCTA NSW

2011 - Outstanding Coaching Achievement - ASCTA Australia

2011 - Elite Athlete with a Disability Coach of the Year - ASCTA NSW

2011 - National Multi Class Coach of the Year - ASCTA NSW

2012 - NSW State Multi Class Coach of the Year - ASCTA NSW

2012 - Placing a Swimmer onto an Australian Team - Mitch Kilduff and Reagan Wickens - 2012 Paralympic Games - ASCTA NSW

2014 - Placing a Swimmer onto an Australian Team - Reagan Wickens - 2014 Para Pan


National Teams Stewart was selected on as a coach:

2011 - Arafura Games Team - Darwin, Australia, Australian Team Coach

2011 - Global Games Team - Genoa, Italy - Australian Team Men's Coach

2012 - ICST to London Paralympic Games - Great Britain - Australian Paralympic Team

2013 - FINA World Championships - Barcelona, Spain - Czech Republic Team Coach

2013 - INAS World Championships - Noumea, New Caledonia - Australian Head Coach

2014 - FINA World Masters Championships - Montreal, Canada - Krnov, Czech Republic Head Coach

2015 - World University Games - Gwangju, South Korea - Australian Team Coach

2018 - Commonwealth Games - Gold Coast, Australia - Australian Team Coach


Athletes trained and associated accomplishments:

  • Mitch Kilduff - Para Athlete - S14:

    2018 - Commonwealth Games

    2012 - London Paralympic Games

    2011 - Global Games

    2011 - Arafura Games

  • Jordan White

    2015 - FINA World Cup - Doha and Dubai

    2015 - World University Games

    2008 - Trans Tasman Series

  • Aldrich McKirdy - Philippines Athlete:

    2015 - South East Asian Games

  • Amy Cook - Para Athlete - S14:

    2015 - Global Games

    2013 - INAS World Championships

  • Jade Lucy - Para Athlete - S14:

    2017 - INAS World Championships

    2015 - Global Games

  • Libor Smolka - Czech Republic Athlete:

    2013 - FINA World Championships

    2013 - FINA Grand Prix Capri, Italy

    2013 - FINA Grand Prix Ohrid, Macedonia

    2013 - FINA Grand Prix Cancun, Mexico

    2013 - FINA Grand Prix Santa Fe, Argentina

    2012 - European Championships

    2012 - FINA Grand Prix Lac St Jean

    2012 - FINA Grand Prix Capri, Italy

    2012 - FINA Grand Prix Santa Fe, Argentina

    2012 - FINA 10km Cancun, Mexico

    2011 - FINA World Championships

    2010 - FINA World Championships

    2010 - European Championships

    2010 - FINA Grand Prix Santa Fe, Argentina

    2010 - FINA 10km Viedma, Argentina,

    2009 - FINA World Championships

  • Reagan Wickens - Para Athlete - S6:

    2015 - IPC World Championships

    2015 - IDM Berlin

    2014 - Para Pan Pacific Championships

    2013 - IDM Berlin

    2012 - London Paralympic Games

    2011 - Para Pan Pacific Championships

    2011 - Arafura Games

  • Jaimie Stack

2008 - Trans Tasman Series


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