Head Coach


Cam Nation is the Head Coach of the North-West Aquatic program, and is a nationally Accredited ASCTA Silver Licence coach, Accredited Coach of Swimmers with a Disability, Accredited Coach of Open Water Swimmers, and a member of the Australian Swim Coaches & Teachers Association. Over the past decade, Cam has coached swimmers to nine Australian Championships titles and seventy-two Victorian Championships titles, and has travelled with competing athletes to the Olympic Games Selection Trials, World Championships Selection Trials, Commonwealth Games Trials, and various other major competitions. Cam is also the only coach from Melbourne’s western suburbs to have had swimmers on full scholarships at the both the Australian Institute of Sport & Victorian Institute of Sport, and was the only Victorian coach to have a swimmer on the Australian Team for the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011. Cam also served on the ‘Road to Rio’ Paralympic Coaching Team through his work with Rio Paralympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McConnell, and in 2018 was awarded Swimming Victoria’s Special Coaching Achievement Award for Season 2017/18 following Stone Ma’s record breaking season.

Cam founded the North-West Aquatic program back in 2004, and away from pool deck serves as a Councillor at the City of Moonee Valley, having first been elected in November 2012, and re-elected in November 2016. Cam has also served as Moonee Valley City Council’s Deputy Mayor in 2014-15 & most recently a second term in 2016-17. Cam can be reached on the program’s email of . 


Assistant Coaches


Ben Nathan started in the North-West Aquatic program as a swimmer in 2007, and through his swimming career competed at seven Victorian Championships, and was also part of the North-West Aquatic team that competed at the Arafura Asia-Pacific Games in Darwin in 2009. An accomplished Freestyler & Breaststroker, Ben also captained the St Bernards’ College ACC Swim Team to one of their highest-ever finishes in his final year of schooling in 2013.


Despite only coaching for just under six years, Ben has already rocketed to the top of the Victorian swimming ranks through his work heading up our former competitive program at the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre, and our now current competitive program at the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre. Ben’s greatest coaching success to date has come through his coaching & mentoring of a group of our program’s elite age-group swimmers, and in particular his role with our athlete Stone Ma, who by the age of twelve had already won a remarkable sixteen Victorian Championships Titles. Stone currently has 2 National Titles to his name, 27 State Titles, and is the Victorian Record Holder in four different events including the 12 years & 13 years Boys 50m Freestyle.


Away from the pool Ben is an avid surfer and runs surfing media start-up ‘Surf Visuals’. Ben can be reached on his NWA email of .





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