Our People

Senior Coaches

Seb Bettiol

Director of Swimming

Seb is a highly qualified, Silver (Advanced) Licensed Coach and the founder of Western Melbourne Propulsion Swimming Club, with over a decade of coaching experience. He has coached swimmers to state, national and international levels, with multiple finalists and medallists at Australian National Championships and Australian Swimming World Championship Trials. Seb has received several awards from ASCTA, the lead coaching governing body in Australia. In January 2020, Seb was offered the role of Head of Swimming Programs at the State Sports Trust, run out of MSAC. This was a strong vote of confidence in Seb's coaching abilities, and our swimmers' achievements. Seb also has a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Teaching from The University of Melbourne.

Marcus Grillo

Program Co-ordinator and Head Coach

Marcus is the program coordinator of PEGS Swim Academy, a Bronze (Development) Licence Coach and the club's head coach. He is a former National Breaststroke finalist, placing in the top 5 in the country. He ensures that his squads and learn-to-swim classes have a friendly atmosphere, and a determination amongst his swimmers to swim well. Marcus’ strengths lie in developing suitable and individualised set, session and season plans for his squads. Marcus also has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.

Marcus Blake

Head Coach

Marcus is a Bronze (Development) Licence Coach whose attachment to swimming began after he moved to Papua New Guinea in 2008.  Marcus has worked with multiple clubs over the years, and has coached numerous swimmers to State and National Championships. He has also been the head swimming coach and swim program coordinator for a well known triathlon performance program since 2015, and developed this program into the premier triathlon swimming program in Victoria, with numerous national title holders and junior Australian representatives. Marcus has also completed a Bachelor of Law at ACU, specialising in Sports Law.  Marcus' goal as a coach is to help his swimmers become both high calibre athletes, and high calibre people.

Guy Gatt

Assistant Coach

Guy is a teacher of competitive swimming, and began working at the club as a coach in 2019. He swam competitively for a number of years to national level, focussing primarily on butterfly and backstroke. His fondest swimming memory is competing at the 2017 National Age Championships alongside his WMP team mates. He wishes to share his passion for swimming with all his athletes. Guy is also studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the Australian Catholic University.

Our MSAC squads are lead by coaches engaged by the Melbourne Sports Centre. These coaches provide national level and high performance training and specialised strength and conditioning programs


2023/2024 Season


President: Luka Zubcic propulsion.president@gmail.com

Vice-President: Robbe Dilissen

Secretary: Corinne Caramia  propulsion.secretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Adam Selwood  propulsion.treasurer@gmail.com

General Committee

Belinda Arthur, Baden Coxsedge, Marcus Grillo, Geraldine King, Jackie Monaghan, Wilson Staples, Silke Therhaag, Heather Vaughan

Head Coach: Seb Bettiol sbettiol@swimacademynetwork.com.au

Our Roles

Competitions: Robbe Dilissen propulsion.competitions@gmail.com

Social Events: Baden Coxsedge and Wilson Staples

Social Media/PR: Robbe Dilissen

Fundraising: Geraldine King

Uniforms: Marcus Grillo and Heather Vaughan propulsion.uniforms@gmail.com

Records: Wilson Staples

Metro West Delegate: Geraldine King

Volunteer and Officials Coordinator: Corinne Caramia

Grant Applications: Jackie Monaghan

Special Projects: Belinda Arthur and Silke Therhaag

Website: Corinne Caramia

Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO): Geraldine King propulsion.MPIO@gmail.com

Melbourne University Squads Liaison: Judy Egan propulsion.mumailbox@gmail.com

MSAC Squads Liaison: Jo Hutchinson propulsion.msacmailbox@gmail.com

North West Squads Liaison: Jo Hutchinson propulsion.nwmailbox@gmail.com
(PEGS, Broadmeadows, Brimbank)

Grievance Officer: Ann Randles  propulsion.grievance@gmail.com

Child Safety Officer: Geraldine King propulsion.childsafety@gmail.com

Please direct general correspondence to the club secretary.

Memberships and competitions questions should be directed to the club secretary.

Squad and learn to swim questions should be directed to the head coach.

Grievances should be addressed to the Grievance Officer and marked “Private and Confidential”.

Child Safety concerns should be addressed to the Child Safety Officer and marked "Private and Confidential".

General welfare concerns should be addressed to the MPIO.

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