Seminar Program Day 1 – Wednesday 22 June 2022

  Breakfast Workshop


Striving for Excellence whilst Striving for Balance

Brooke Hanson OLY OAM

Olympic gold and silver medalist Brooke Hanson has built a successful business as an inspirational speaker, media consultant, energy management coach, mentor, facilitator as well as TV and radio presenter. Brooke’s journey as a career woman whilst raising a family and running her own business has given her a true understanding on the pressure women face. Brooke looks forward to encouraging the audience to make “WAVES” by striving for vision, excellence and celebrating your success along the way.

Brooke will share the keys to energy management and the importance of self-love and care whilst striving for a better balance. Provide tips for juggling the daily pressures of the full workload and expectations on women to be wonder women and share how she copes with the fast-paced life as an active mum.

“I’m not giving you an Olympic Gold Medal because your busier than me”, Brooke will break down “busyness” and why women in particular wear it like a badge of honour.

Breaking down the external and internal pressures women are feeling and the added strain it puts on every aspect of your life and how you can find “YOU” again.

The life lessons, compassion and personal growth Brooke has learnt through her journey gives her an opportunity to share the tools she has gained that have resulted in successful outcomes in every aspect of her life.

Embracing what’s important through passion, purpose, love, leadership and finding internal strength to persevere in the face of your biggest challenges. Brooke looks forward to empowering a room full of women during an interactive session, enjoying a hot breakfast without racing out the door!


WAVES Industry Panel

Why Women Make Great Leaders.

How to grow them and how to retain them.

This session will explore the need to embrace, encourage and promote women within our industry looking at the benefits of supporting women into leadership roles creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace and giving businesses a competitive advantage that will deliver significant business impact. We will be joined by industry powerhouses;

Elena Gosse – CEO, AIS Water

Valentina Tripp – CEO, Davey Water Products

Lynley Papineau – Managing Director, Aquatic Leisure Technologies

Amanda Stephenson – Corporate Services Manager, Hydrilla

Kelly Micallef – Chief People, Performance & Culture Officer, Poolwerx

The Women’s Breakfast kicks off at 7.30am with a keynote from Olympic champion, Brooke Hanson. Secure your tickets here –

9.00am-9.45am When Silver Is Gold – Believing, Succeeding and Achieving
Brooke Hanson OLY OAMThe importance of ‘the journey’ sharing my personal journey to Olympic glory and empowering internal self -belief to reach your goals, hopes and dreams.Our opening address is from the bubbly and energetic swimming star Brooke Hanson OLY OAM.Brooke is an Olympic gold and silver medallist and she remains one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians. Empowering people through the importance of ‘the journey’ Brooke will give an insight of her remarkable journey to Olympic glory and how she has implemented her learnings into life beyond the pool.Brooke finds happiness and faces every difficulty with a smile and looks forward to sharing her inspirational story and her keys to individual and team success by encouraging self-belief and accountability.


Inspiring people through her story of resilience, determination and her positive outlook after much heartache is motivating. Brooke will focus on the importance of resilience, adversity, success, motivation, happiness and well-being.

As well as the Olympic journey Brooke will discuss the importance of mindfulness, exercise, mental health and energy management and the incredible impact they all have on your mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Come ready for an energised opening session as Brooke inspires you to think about the changes you can implement to achieve personal excellence both professionally and personally.

Brooke’s outcome for the opening address is to empower individuals and businesses to achieve personal and team greatness by inspiring you to live a purpose driven life

  Session 1  
10.00am – 10:45am

Exhibition Room 1

Mineral Pools, which one?

With so much choice available in the mineral pool space, what product is the right one for my client? What are the differences and does it make any difference? How do the costs compare against more traditional pools such as saltwater pools (sodium chloride) or manually dosed chlorine? Cutting through the mystery of ongoing maintenance, water testing etc.

Jonathan Bristow – Senior Category Manager, Fluidra Group Australia

Central Room 2

Health & Wellness Panel – Better for Body and Business

The Global Health & Wellness market has been valued at a whopping $4.65 billion, is growing at a robust rate of 6.4% per year and equates to 5.3% of global economic output. Is your business tapping in to the Health & Wellness benefits of pool & spa ownership?

This session will explore the role that owning a pool and/or spa plays in enhancing the Health & Wellness of families. With so many complimentary products now available that can extend and enhance pool & spa ownership, is your business maximising the sales opportunity and effectively marketing the tangible benefits of Health & Wellness.

We will be joined by a diverse range of leaders discussing how we can better promote the benefits and leverage health and wellness ;

Moderator – Daena Bougoure-Latchford – Business Development Manager, SPASA

Anna Millers – Heavenly Saunas, Sauna Enthusiast and Provider 
Annie Roberts – Hot Springs, Operations Manager
Sam Parker, Maytronics Water Treatment
Kate Lainson – Cronulla Pools, Boss Lady & Marketing Manager
Anna Kraulis – Sunbather

  Session 2  

Exhibition Room 1

Innovation in Cloud Based Sales Software for Pool/Spa Builders

Julian Brady – CEO/Founder, Pool Site Quote

Join Julian Brady Founder/CEO of PSQ (Pool Site Quote) on using cloud based technology to streamline your sale process.  Julian has worked in Private and Government roles in the Construction Industry as a Registered Landscape Architect designing, assessing DA/CDC approvals and quoting swimming pools and spas for 25 years. PSQ is proudly a Member and Technology Partner of SPASA Australia and SPASA New Zealand. 

Innovation in cloud based software has come a long way in the last decade now allowing Pool/Spa Builders the ability to work remotely to Manage Leads (CRM), Design, Quote & Contract (SPASA) a Pool/Spa onsite at your first customer meeting.  Everyone values their time which is a cost to any business. Innovation in technology is transformational for a business dramatically increasing efficiency and productivity. Consumers want to be impressed and want their quotes fast. 

Transforming your sales process is vital to keep up with competition, demand and expectation from consumers.  After you have pre-qualified a lead on the phone and as Pool/Spa Builders know, there is nothing more important than a site inspection to verity site constraints, access, customer expectations, design and final specifications for the quote and contract. PSQ provides a fully integrated platform for Sales Teams to work remotely or onsite to give them all the tools to ultimately win and sign contracts.  PSQ’s cloud based platform provides auto notifications to the sales teams that consumers are reviewing quotes and provides a customer portal allowing consumers to interact with the sales team.  Its smart innovative technology in the palms of your hands. 


Julian is looking forward to meeting you and will provide an opportunity at the seminar for you to ask questions. PSQ developed by pool professionals for pool professionals. Please visit us at Stand 202 for our exclusive SPLASH Event Offer and Prize. 

Central Room 2

The new energy efficiency regulations for pool pumps: what do I need to know?
Speaker TBA – GEMS Product Review, Residential Energy Efficiency Branch, Energy Efficiency Division

We’d be going through what the regulations cover including the new energy performance standards and the new energy rating label, how and when to register pumps so that they can be sold in Australia, and the expected timing for when this will all happen.

  Session 3  
1.00pm – 1.45pm

Exhibition Room 1

A Dive into the Deep End: A look into the emerging challenges & opportunities facing our industry 
John O’Brien – CEO & Founder, Poolwerx

John O’Brien, CEO & Founder of Poolwerx shares his insights into what the Australian pool and spa industry can expect over the next two years. With Poolwerx’ strong US presence and John’s 30+ years franchising & pool retail/service experience, you’ll gain valuable information into how our local industry is influenced by the global market, the challenges and opportunities we can expect to see, and how to best prepare your business for the future challenges through retail, marketing, HR and supply chain relationships.

Central Room 2

The digital solution to supercharge your pool and spa sales

Timothy Cocaro – Founder and CEO, canibuild

Join Timothy Cocaro, Founder/CEO of canibuild, and builder by trade, to understand how you can supercharge your sales using technology as the solution to the many pain points of the construction industry.

It’s no secret the industry is booming, and it can be overwhelming to keep your head above water (excuse the pun). This is where technology comes in to help you navigate your way through the high volume of sales calls and secure your sales faster than ever before.

We know the traditional way of selling is to ask the questions same questions – When are you looking to build? How much access to you have? And the big one… What sort of budget do you have in mind?  These questions are commonly answered for you to qualify your lead.  Just imagine a digital solution that can give you all the answers you need to accurately quote in that first phone call, without driving to site or conducting a single search.

From the first phone call with a potential client, technology can provide you all the information you need about the proposed site, including zoning, boundaries, rules and regulations, setbacks, and even contours.

Adoption of technology in sales process will make your business more efficient, we all know construction is a numbers game, the more you quote, the more you sell.

  Session 4
2.00pm- 3.30pm

Central Room 2

The Great Debate – On The Surface: Who is responsible for damaged pool surfaces?

Do not miss this discussion of leading expert panellists working through water chemistry and the impact on the pool covering such questions:
Has the introduction of new equipment, the demand for heating and types of sanitation affected pool surfaces?
Are todays professionals equipped to deal with these changes?
How are customers being impacted?
What would the united, best practice view be to prevent the deterioration of pool equipment and surfaces look like?

Moderated by
Lindsay McGrath – CEO, SPASA

Steven Humphris – Focus Products
Coating Specialist – TBC
Lynley Papineau – Aquatic Leisure Technologies
Derek Prince – Daisy Pool Covers
Matt Galvin – Environ Pools
David Daft – Fluidra


  Session 5  
4.00pm- 4.45pm

Exhibition Room 1

Climate Care: The Next Crisis – Active measures you can take to generate momentum from an energy & water shortage
Spiros Dassakis – Chief Operating Officer, SPASA

Water & Energy – The Twin Crisis

The swimming pool and spa industry is heavily dependent on water and energy resources.

With greater power demands due to population growth and frequent drought related water restrictions, governments and their agencies seek to influence and regulate for more sustainable water and energy efficient usage.

Looming expensive and regulated energy supply along with water restrictions will make owning a swimming pool and spa less desirable. Without change, the swimming pool and spa industry will have to overcome significant commercial, consumer and regulatory barriers.

Everyone has some skin in the water and energy game. The risks have driven SPASA Australia to think creatively and collectively to meet future industry needs.

Sustainable swimming pools and spas, installations and related products will enjoy a distinct advantage in the future. How we all respond to the challenge of becoming a sustainable industry will determine the outcome.

Overcoming future barriers requires a new approach, with industry having an important role to play in future-proofing our industry.

Central Room 2

The 10 most important things you must know when you lead.
Lindsay McGrath – CEO, SPASA