Our coaching team at UWA West Coast Swimming Club have a depth and breadth of

expertise, experience and knowledge that is second to none in Western Australia.


Michael Shaw

Advanced coach (previously Silver) - Swimming Australia

Graduate Certificate Entrepreneurship & Innovation – UWA
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Coaching Swimmer with a Disability – Swim Australia
Coaching Open Water Swimmers – Swim Australia
Teacher of Competitive Swimming – Swim Australia
Coaching Course Presenter – Swimming Australia & Swim Australia
Coach of the Performing Nationals Squad (PN Squad)

Affectionately known as Mikey, has was an IMer ‘back in the day’.
Mikey is married to Courtney in 2018 and earlier this year, became a proud dad to August.
Something you may not know about Mikey is that he grows his own vegetables and cries in movies.


Rob Palfery

Development coach (previously Bronze) – Swimming Australia
Advanced coach – Swimming Australia
Coach of Developing Nationals Squad (DN Squad)

Rob was a Rugby League player and an avid supporter of all sports!
Rob is without a doubt an encyclopaedia of knowledge in all things swimming, from memorising an individual swimmers PB to detailed technical facets of the swimming strokes and anything in between.

He will be sure to have nickname for each swimmer too!
Something you may not know about Rob is he was born in Queensland and moved across to WA in 2013.


Ryan Spencer

Advanced coach (previously Silver) - Swimming Australia
Fitness degree
Junior Squads Co-ordinator

Ryan excelled at breaststroke in his youth and is an invaluable support to all squads from our Junior to Senior levels.

Ryan is married to a brilliant senior school science teacher named Marcy, they have two children, Seth & Kai who both excelled at competitive swimming.

Ryan values his family time, including playing with his Weimaraner dog, Hobi and two bunnies, Trixie and Thumper.
Something you may not know about Ryan is that he is a teacher assistant in the sports department and loves surfing, mountain biking and playing the guitar in his spare time.


Warren Paytner

Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Sports Science) ECU
Major in Health & PE Studies
Minor in Science
Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education
Development coach (previously Bronze) - Swimming Australia
Coach of the Emerging Nationals Squad (EN Squad)

Back in the day, Wazza (as he is affectionately known) was a sprint freestyler and breaststroker.

Rarely seen without his cap on, when not pool side you can be sure to find him surfing down south.
Something you may not know about Warren is that he only took up swimming from 13 years of age.

Growing up he specialised in 100 and 200 metre sprints in athletics.