Shane Gould (AUS)

Shane Gould

Olympic Gold medalist

Dr. Shane Gould, is a legendary Australian swimming athlete, who is the only woman ever to win five individual medals in a single Olympics (Munich, 1972). She is much honored in her own country, recognized as an Australian of the Year, and designated as one of 100 National Living Treasures in Australia. Shane has studied the swimming habits of Australian teenagers in public swimming spaces in Tasmania, resulting in a Master’s degree. She also has a Master’s degree in contemporary arts, with a focus on photographic images of the water, and of bodies in the water. Shane completed her PHD at Victoria University Melbourne in 2019 with a thesis titled Swimming in Australia: A cultural study. 

Shane is married to Milton Nelms and they have worked together for 0ver 15 years designing and delivering swimming programs for all ages and abilities. They have an excellent working relationship and are able to adapt to varying educational needs of student teachers and swimming students. Their programs are based on unique and thorough principles of how human beings respond emotionally and physically to water. Shane and Milton have collaborated on the Shane Gould Swimming Project, which has researched the causes of rising drowning statistics in the Fiji Islands, and has created an intervention program to help Fijians to prevent future drowning. Shane and Milton have merged their years of work in aquatics, and their personal understanding of the deeper emotional issues of humans in the water, to create the methodology Brainswim that is used in the Swedish project “Gilla Vatten” (Enjoy water) (

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