Ocean Performance Centre

Coaches

kerry keightley

  • General Manager at the Ocean Performance Centre
  • Physical Preparation Coach Grammar School Aquatics Program
  • Physical Preparation Coach for Alexandra Headlands Beach Sprint Team
  • Affiliate Physical Preparation Coach for identified surfers under Surfing Australia’s High Performance Program

Kerry first entered the strength and conditioning industry in 1993, studying Human Movements at the University of Queensland. In 2000 he gained further accreditation by completing his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. More recently Kerry gained his Level 2 Strength and Conditioning qualifications through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association and received his status as a Professional Coach under the ASCA PCAS program in 2017.

Kerry’s passion is unashamedly in water sports, and over the last 6 years through the Ocean Performance Centre he has helped take junior athletes from development club level to state, national and even international standards of sporting performance.

He is proud that under his guidance he has had several athletes become world champions. Please see athlete page for examples of the athletes Kerry currently works with.

Due to a severe car accident that left Kerry with a broken neck in two places, as well as a lifetime struggle with an acute auto-immune disease, Kerry knows firsthand how important emotional and cognitive strength is to overcome adversity in life and in sport, this key understanding makes Kerry’s coaching style very unique not just in Australia but globally.

Athletes can recruit Kerry’s services as;

  1. A mindset and performance coach
  2. A strength and conditioning coach
  3. Both

grant thomas

  • 8 Years of being Head Coach of selected camps at Surfing Australia’s HPC
  • Queensland Junior Team under the guidance of Phil Macnamara (past coach of Mick Fanning)
  • Coaching WQS and Pro Junior Competitors
  • Taken local surfers to State, National and International wins.
  • Head Coach of the Chinese Olympic Team
  • Head Coach of Hainan Provincial Team, China
  • Coaching Consultant for International surf teams.
  • Owner of Maroochy Surfschool
  • Part Owner Ocean Performance Centre

Grant is undoubtedly one of the leading Surf Coaches based on the Sunshine Coast. With over 22 years’ experience his coaching accolades surpass many. Grant is based in Maroochydore and conducts his coaching between Caloundra and Maroochydore.

Grant competed under the late ASP World Tour banner all over the world. With wins at many destinations. His coaching history began 23 years ago working for Surfing Queensland as an instructor. Since then he has widened his fields of expertise to advanced and elite coaching. He has taken numerous surfers to Local, State, National and International Titles.

While quite modest with regards to media attention, Grants accolades speak for themselves. When asked of his coaching style and achievements, he sums things up pretty well –

“I’m always being criticised on my lack of social media efforts to promote myself. There is no doubt I could do a lot more with regards to that but I have always said that results speak A LOT MORE than a few pictures and words that can’t be backed up.  As far as I know, I’m one of the only coaches that can boast taking a surfer from a beginner level to State, National and International titles. As surfers improve we see many swap and change coaches depending on their results or what’s cool at the time (laughs). I can proudly say that the most successful surfers I coach are the ones that have stuck with me for over 10 years or more, and I thank them for that. Coaching can be as much about the relationships between the coach and athlete as the skills involved. What you put into it, is what you get out of it”

There is no doubt that Grant is leading the way when it comes to the development of junior surfing on the Sunshine Coast.