Our Coaches

Yu Dong (Head Coach)


Yu holds a Swimming Australia Silver Coaching licence in addition to tertiary qualifications in Sports Coaching, Teaching and Sports Management from Chinese and Australian universities, as well as a Masters of Teaching in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.


He has coached many state and national level swimmers and previously worked as a coach at the Ivanhoe Neons Swimming Club and Bankstown Sports Swimming Club in NSW. Yu has international coaching experience in China and Singapore. Before moving to Australia Yu coached at the Shanghai Swim Team, where his duties included correcting the technique of Liu Zi Gee, the gold medallist in the 200m butterfly at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Yu was a competitive swimmer and swam for the Shanghai State Team in China where he achieved:




Dom Bakalis

Dom has been with Ivanhoe Aqua Power since 1998, when a friend saw him swim at a school carnival and suggested he join the club. He swam at a state level in butterfly and backstroke, and was club captain from 2002-2004. Dom began his learn-to-swim training in 2004 and became a swim teacher in 2006. He attained his Swimming Australia Green Licence in 2007 and has been coaching at Ivanhoe Aqua Power since this time. In 2012 he attained his Swimming Australia Bronze coaching licence. Dom loves that being a coach at Aqua Power allows him to give back to the club, and to share in the excitement of performing well at competition, attaining personal bests and just enjoying the challenges and camaraderie of day-to-day training.

Joanne Burch

Jo has been a member of Ivanhoe Aqua Power since she was 12 years old, and has raced competitively at metropolitan, state and all-schools levels. Jo has been a swimming teacher and coach for over five years now, recently receiving her five-year service award at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School. She holds a Swimming Australia Bronze Coaching licence and has coached juniors through to elite adult swimmers and triathletes. She is also an accredited learn to swim instructor and lifeguard. Jo prides herself on her knowledge and ability to explain swimming in simple to understand terms. Her ultimate goal is to work with swimmers of all levels and teach effective swimming technique in order for them to get the best out of themselves.



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