The Southport Yacht Club has a core team of dedicated, highly skilled Coaches that support our Performance Program.  This core team combined with our high profile guest coaches that include Olympic 470 Coach Shane Smith ensure that our SYC Staff coaches are continuing their own professional development with the latest coaching techniques.  This is an incredible benefit for being part of the SYC Performance Program.


Our Coaching Team includes:

Shane Smith

Shelley White

Chris Charlwood

Ashley Stoddart

Mitch Kennedy

Mara Stransky

Joel Turner

Brendan Casey

Matthew Dickinson

Jess Sabin

Tori Swadling

George Morton




Shelley White

Nickname: Shell

Place of Birth: Australia, QLD

Number of Years Involved in Sailing: 19yrs as sailor & 9yrs as a Coach

Favourite Sailing Venue: Yeppoon

How I Started Sailing/Coaching: I started sailing in Yeppoon When I was 6. My date asked me if I wanted to skip ballet class and do a learn to sail course and I’ve never looked back. A few years after I finished sailing sabots SQSA asked me if I wanted to help out at a camp they were holding and I absolutely loved it!

Career Highlights: Winning my first State Champs in Sabots, Optimist National Champion 2007/2008 (1st girl to win), Top 100 @ Optimist World Championships, Coaching Australian Optimist Girls Squad 2017

Career Goals: Medal at an Olympic Games, Primary School Teacher, Coach Youth World Championships.

Other Interests: Surfing, Mountain Climbing, camping, windsurfing

Best Thing About Being a Coach: Sailors unlocking their potential and achieving small and large goals the set for themselves :). I love working with motivated young people!

Worst Thing About Being a Coach: When we can’t get out on the water!

Thoughts on Sailing: I love sailing because no matter your age, skill level or experience you are always learning. There’s no day you have that’s the same. You can take sailing in any direction & you learn valuable life skills along the way!