Matt Magee is Coach of the National Open Squad and Head Coach of the Perth College Swim Academy.
Matt first joined the City of Perth swim club as a competitive swimmer in 1988. However, it is his achievements as a coach and commitment to the club since 2006 that has been instrumental in making the club as strong as it is today.
Matt took over as Head Coach of City of Perth in 2006 and from day one has been a high profile ambassador for the club and advocate for the club based swimming program philosophy. Over the past 10 years he has had remarkable success as a coach and his achievements include:
- Coached a swimmer on to every World Championship Team since his arrival in 2006
- Coached three swimmers to the Olympic Games in 2012 & 2016
- Coached a medallist at every major International Swimming Championships (The Big 5) which includes Pan Pacs, Commonwealth Games, World Championship LC/OW +, SC and the Olympic Games.
- Selected as Australian coach for both the Pool and Open Water Teams at the 2015 World Swimming Championships, Kazan, Russia. First Australian to do so.
- Coached 18 different swimmers on to various Australian Junior and Senior Representative Teams.
- Awarded the Australian Coach of the Year (Open Water) 2013
- Awarded the Swimming WA Coach of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2016
Whilst swimming is so often focused on the athlete and their individual performances it is important to remember the coaches who are the cement that holds everything together. This is definitely the case with Matt as who has been instrumental in turning the dreams of so many club members into reality.