Finding a coach that was suitable for the Devonport Swim Club’s mix of members proved to be a real challenge.
Rafael came to our attention just over two years ago and he fulfilled and indeed exceeded all our requirements.
Rafael has a degree in physical education with a post-graduate qualification in swimming and water activities. He was employed in his home country of Brazil at The Campo Grande Atletico Club for 5 years where he managed the club while also coaching pool and open water swimmers as well as triathlon competitors and water polo.
Rafael then moved on to become a lieutenant in the Brazilian Navy where he managed the Physical Education and sports division which included coaching the swimming and triathlon teams.
On a personal level, Rafael competed internationally representing Brazil in triathlon and iron man events. It was while competing that he met his wife Gisele and it was talking to the Kiwis competing on the international circuit that fuelled their desire to come to New Zealand. They both feel that they have found their happy place in Devonport and are enjoying the relaxed lifestyle and making new friends
Since moving to New Zealand Rafael has continued his coaching education and is currently enrolled in courses in both Australia and the USA. Aspects covered are physiology, strength and conditioning, stroke and technique.
Rafael’s skill and his great enthusiasm for swimming and for the people he coaches shines through. We recommend that you make the most of your membership and let Rafael take your swimming to the next level.