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Andy McMillan

Head Coach

Grizzly Bears (Elite Squad)

Andy brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in high performance.  Andy started young as a swimmer winning national medals from a junior level through the age groups, representing NZ on many age group teams.  At an open age he has multiple titles in the 100m and 200m Butterfly and Freestyle.  Andy achieved a 5th place at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth in the 200m Butterfly.  Narrowly missing the 2008 Olympics, Andy's resilience was rewarded with a 9th place in the 4x 100 Medley relay at the 2012 Olympics.

Andy has balanced his swimming career with surf life saving, captaining the NZ Black Fins from 2012 to 2016, leading the team to three World Championship titles during his reign.  During this time, he acclaimed a haul of 27 medals, winning 8 individual world titles and breaking one world record. 

Andy backs up his performance in the sports field with a degree in sports science and a post grad diploma in Teaching.  Before taking on the role as head coach at North Shore in October 2017 Andy divided his time between his position as performance coach at Parnell Swim Club and a teacher at St Peters College.

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Ryan Skinner

Assistant Head Coach

Polar Bears  (Performance Squad)

Ryan has over 20 years of coaching experience, 14 of which on the international scene.  Between 2004-2008 Ryan worked as a National Coach with elite junior and senior athletes in his homeland of South Africa.  He as the recruited by Namibia Swimming to implement structure for the nation. This has resulted in multiple Namibian age and open records.  

Ryan is no stranger to NZ, his family moved here 20 years ago.  During visits Ryan would spend hours poolside at NSS with mentors and NSS Coaching icons Jan Cameron and Thomas Ansorg. He has always considered NSS to be his NZ home Club. 

Ryan is a big believer in the NSS vision and LTAD plan


Michelle Gillies

Performance Pathways Coordinator

Black Bears (Development Squad)

Michelle is a dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic swim coach who has an eye for detail and enjoys working in a team environment.

She was a competitive swimmer for 11 years (2003-2014) and a swim coach and teacher for the last 5 years.

Balancing the rigorous demands of swimming commitments with academic life has provided Michelle with valuable life lessons and skills.  These include the importance of commitment, time management, motivation, leadership communication skills and management of relationships.

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Monique Williams

Junior Head Coach

Monique (nee Rodahl), a former Olympic athlete, brings a comprehensive skill set to our club.  She has a wealth of knowledge from her swimming years and of coaching and is a Bronze Level accredited Coach. 

During her coaching career, Monique has coached at several different clubs abroad and in NZ.  For 6 years she was part of the successful Commercial Swim Club in Brisbane, Australia.  Closer to home, she coached and managed the Tepid Baths Sim School and was one of the founding coaches at King's Swim School.  On her return from Brisbane, Monique spent 3 years as Junior Coach of the United Swim Club.  Monique is a big believer that swimming provides skills for life and to always do more than what is required to reach your goals. 


Rachel Mead

Development Coach

Rachel was a competitive swimmer for 10 years with her best event being 200 Freestyle.  She was a National finalist and medalist originally from the Bay of Plenty, until moving to the North Shore for University to study exercise science at AUT.  Rachel swam under NSS through her first years at University and after finishing decided to join the club as a coach and give back to the sport.  Rachel has always had a passion for swimming and enjoys sharing this passion with others.  After finishing her degree Rachel has become a Personal Trainer at Les Mills.

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Yeonsu Lee

Junior Coach

Yeonsu started off at North Shore when she was only 9 and made her way through the squads from Teddy's to the Grizzly Bears.  Yeonsu retired from swimming in 2018 and currently holds many New Zealand, Auckland and NSS Club records for short and long course in the Freestyle, Butterfly and Individual Medley. 

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Sarah Mooney

Junior Coach

Sarah was a fan of sports growing up and played multiple during her school years with swimming being one of her favourites.  Sarah switched from swimming to water polo during high school, and continued with this as her main sport, representing the women's teams for North Harbour until she finished school in Year 13.  Sarah is currently studying Sports Management and Marketing at AUT.

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Samantha Rowe

Junior Coach

Sam has been involved with swimming for the past 15 years, with most of that time having been a competitive swimmer and in the last few years taking on the role of a junior coach. 

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Blair Helms

Junior Coach

Blair has been swimming competitively for about years with NSS.  Blair is currently a full time athlete int eh Performance Squad at NSS and coaches our junior swimmers when not in the pool himself.

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Tayla Helms

Junior Coach

Tayla started swimming with NSS when she was just 7 years old.  After many years in the pool Tayla is now part of the Junior coaching team and keen to share her knowledge with the younger swimmers in our club.

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Thuy Tran

Swimfit Coach

Thuy recently moved to the North Shore from Fairfax, Virginia/D.C Metropolitan, USA, where she acted as head coach for the YMCA Fairfax County Reston Water Wolves, building the team over the course of 10 years. Thuy has trained swimmers of all ages and strongly believes that her athletes can enrich their lives with positive lessons from swimming.  Prior to her involvement in competitive swimming Thuy worked in various roles in the field of computer graphics animation as technical director, CG researcher and taught at various Universities in both Germany and the US.  Thuy has held coaching certifications from USA Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) and the YMCA

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Tonya Osborne

Administration Manager


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