President: Gav Phillips (QLD)

Gavin has had an affinity with the ocean from an early age. A scuba diver for 15 years, he started freediving in 2012. Since then he has furthered his education and training and is a certified freediving instructor. He has competed in both depth and pool competitions, acted as a safety diver for multiple pool competitions, and also been the head of safety, responsible for overseeing and training the safety divers, at major events such as Nationals and Pan Pacs. He is the co founder and current President of the Goldy Freediving Club on the Gold Coast. He is also an avid spearfisherman.

Treasurer: Ben Eckert (QLD)

Ben has been a passionate freediver, scuba diver, and spearfisherman for over 20 years. He started pool training for freediving to assist with spearfishing development 5 years ago and fell in love with the challenge and discipline required to perform. Ben only recently started competing in pool disciplines and is a 2-time national record holder. He is a founding member and current President of the Brisbane Bullsharks Freediving Club. Ben brings his experience in leading large diverse teams and organisations, including managing significant cost and revenue budgets, to his role as Treasurer with the AFA.

Secretary: Lisa Borg (SA)

Water has always been a central part of Lisa’s life. She first discovered the underwater world through scuba and has travelled extensively for diving. Following a catastrophic injury, she narrowly avoided paraplegia and has had a long road of recovery learning to reconnect with her body. A few years after her accident, she decided to try freediving during a trip to Bali. She loves the freedom and challenge the sport brings as well as the mind-body connection it requires. She began training with the SA Freedivers in 2016. Prior to her spinal injury she was a project manager and business improvement consultant specialising in change management. She is now following her passions, studying to become a personal trainer, and hopes to help others rehabilitate from injuries to regain their strength and independence.

Clubs Officer: Scott Walker (VIC)

Growing up in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, Scott has always been close to the ocean. His initial interest in freediving grew from off-season training for spearfishing into an interest in its own right. Now based in Melbourne, Scott is involved in a number of apnea sports including freediving, spearfishing and underwater rugby. A founding member of Melbourne Freedivers, out of the water Scott is a research scientist working in drug discovery for oncology.

Technical Officer: Jody Fisher (SA)

Jody has always had a passion for aquatic sports and began freediving in 2010. A 15-time national record holder, she is the sole Australian to hold a world title in freediving. Following a Masters from the University of Adelaide, she was a recipient of the Faculty (Science) prize, a University Medal, and PhD under multiple fellowships at Flinders University, where she is now a research associate in applied mathematics. In 2018, she was a visiting Fulbright Scholar in the laboratory of world renowned physicist Albert-László Barabási. Jody is currently collaborating with academics worldwide on an underwater sports study. She is the President of SA Freedivers and has been involved in international technical committees for freediving regulations since 2014.

PR Officer: Dayna Fisher (SA)

​Dayna has been freediving since 2016 and trains with the SA Freedivers. She has competed in SA and at Pool Nationals 2018 where she placed third overall in Aussie women. Dayna is a keen surf lifesaver and frequently acts as a medic for local and national competitions in SA and QLD, including the AFA Pool Nationals 2019. Professionally, Dayna has extensive experience in non-profit governance and works for a large national charity. As well as her casework in youth services, she is also responsible for managing her employer’s accreditation and regulatory compliance.

Sponsorship Officer: Sandra Wiedbrauk (QLD)

Sandra started scuba diving in 2005 in alpine lakes in Germany, followed by freediving in 2011. She is passionate about freediving and has been diving in amazing places around the world. Being repelled by the cold water and dark lakes in Germany, she moved to Brisbane in 2018. She much prefers the warmer water and enjoys freediving in the ocean and has also started competing in pool disciplines. Further, she is a founding and committee member of the Brisbane Bullsharks Freediving Club. Out of the water Sandra is a
chemist doing research in material science.

Competitions Officer: Jenni Budworth (NSW)

Jenni grew up in Brisbane but always felt the ocean calling. She moved to coastal Northern NSW aged 19 and hasn’t looked back. A passionate surfer, she began freediving and spearfishing in 2014. In recent years Jenni has served as President of Australia’s largest Spearfishing and Underwater Hockey club based on the Gold Coast. Jenni regularly attends pool training with Goldy Freedivers and has competed in club pool comps. She also volunteers for safety in club and pool national comps. After a career as a chef for over 20 years Jenni is now settled in the rewarding role of disability support work where she helps clients also enjoy the water.