Fairfield Canoe Club
2019 Centenary Year

Club Coaches

Australian Canoeing qualified coaches are available for kayak and canoe instruction.

All of our coaches have at least Level one Paddle Australia instruction qualifications. Many of our coaches run our various classes and are also available for private group or individual instruction. If you would like to contact an individual coach by email, use the contact form at the bottom of this page and an email will be sent to the selected coach.

FCC club coach


Dasha Kopecek

Dasha is a level two flatwater coach for Sprint and Marathon paddling at intermediate to advanced level.  Interests: Masters, Women and trasntion to kayak (from other paddle/water sports).  Coaching availability Tues/Wed and Sat afternoon’s – by appointment.

Personalised and small group (2 – 4 people) sessions. Mentor coaching via telephone support – for paddling, health and fitness. Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP – ESSA).

Coach contact: 0434 244 532

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Alex Boyd

Alex is a Level 1 Accredited Kayak Coach specializing in Sprint and Marathon Coaching at State and National Level. Alex came through the Trinity Program under the tutelage of FCC Club Coaches Joe Alia, Peter O’Leary and Kieran Dews.  Alex’s coaching experiences include coaching at both Trinity and Strathcona, additional Sprint and Marathon Education with British Canoeing and being the Team Manager for Victoria at the Canoe Sprint National Championships in 2021. In 2020 Alex was named the inaugural Paddle Victoria Coach of the Year.  Outside of Paddling, Alex is also involved in the governance of Modern Pentathlon Australia as Secretary and works in the Education Department of Gymnastics Australia.

Coach Contact: 0458 755 200

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Julie Perriam

Julie is a level one flatwater kayaking coach specialising in beginners and intermediate paddlers.

Contact coach: 0422 629 379

Rowan Doyle

Rowan Doyle

Rowan is a level one flatwater canoe and kayak coach.  He coaches and organises the FCC junior paddling squads and also coaches FCC beginner courses.

Contact coach: 0418 397 033

Tony Payne

Tony Payne

Tony has over 20 years experience as an FCC level one coach (now Foundation Coach – Flatwater). He is one of the coaches running the FCC Beginners courses and Come and Try Days for both flatwater kayaking and canoeing. Tony has developed his experience from participation in the Murray Marathon and other long distance races.

Email nopaynenogain1@outlook.com


Jade Kerber

Jade is a great canoe polo player, experienced coach and is also an established personal trainer.  Jade recently set up the FCC gym.  Jade is available for 1:1 and small group coaching in canoe polo and in gym training.

Contact Jade on 0429 638 819‬.


Caitlin French

Caitlin is a flatwater river guide and canoe coach.  Having taught music for many years she is an excellent teacher as well.


Tony Ladson

Tony is a level 1 Flatwater Coach and has experience in a range of kayaking disciplines, running FCC beginner kayaking courses regularly.  He is also regular at Sunday club training sessions.  As a paddler in the masters age group, he has competed in marathon, wildwater and slalom at national level.

Coach contact: 0408 440 028.


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