Former Melbourne Sports Director Simon Weatherill Dies During Swim Classic

We regret to inform you that the former Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre director has passed away.

Simon Weatherill, who had previously served as the director of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), has passed away, and the sporting community is devastated by his passing. The unfortunate passing of Weatherill occurred on Saturday, January 20, 2024, while he was competing in the Portsea Swim Classic. It is possible that he suffered a heart attack while he was taking part in the event, and this remains a possibility.

During this trying time, we want to extend our most sincere sympathies to Weatherill’s family and the Melbourne sports community.

This is the final goodbye to Simon Weatherill.

On January 20, 2024, Simon Weatherill, a sports administrator who was highly acclaimed and had previously served as the head of the MSAC, passed away in a sad accident. He was competing in the Portsea Swim Classic, which is an open-water swimming competition when he suffered a heart attack and ultimately passed out while he was in the water. It is certain that Weatherill, who was 48 years old at the time of his passing, will be remembered as a compassionate person, a dedicated athlete, and a visionary leader.

As the director of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, he brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization, which proved invaluable. The athletic and supervised thematic facilities were under his control, and he managed the strategic direction of the facilitator in his strong leadership position.

The MSports and Aquatic Centre was on its way to becoming a leading destination for sports and leisure activities thanks to the construction of new facilities such as an outdoor pool, a hydrotherapy center, a gymnastics center, and a state-of-the-art technology hub. Weatherill was in charge of overseeing the construction of these facilities.

Weatherill’s dedication to upholding high standards in facility management, event planning, and community engagement established his stellar reputation. He led various initiatives and projects for community health, well-being, and sportsmanship and was responsible for cultivating a pleasant and welcoming environment.

Honoring the memory of Simon Weatherill

When Simon Weatherill passed away, he participated in the Portsea Swim Classic, a 1.5-kilometer open-water swimming competition that spares thousands of participants a year. At 300 meters from the finish line, witnesses stated that Weatherill stopped swimming and sank underneath. The watermelon kayakers nearby became aware of the situation and informed the lifeguards.

During Weatherill’s tenure as the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre director, the facility regularly delivered outstanding services to individuals interested in physical fitness, athletes, and the general public. His efforts resulted in fruitful collaborations with local sports clubs, organizing critical events, and maintaining the facility as a center of excellence for aquatic and fitness activities.

During this challenging time, we want to express our deepest condolences and thoughts to Simon Weatherill’s family, friends, and the Melbourne sports community.

Condolences and Support


“Simon Weatherill’s contributions to the Melbourne sports community will never be forgotten. He was a true leader and inspiration. Our thoughts are with his family.”


– Sarah Thompson



“The passing of Simon Weatherill is a great loss to the sports world. He will be dearly missed. Our condolences to his loved ones.”


– Michael Anderson


We hope that the memories of Simon Weatherill’s accomplishments and the support of loved ones will comfort those grieving his loss.

This article is intended for news and should not be considered a death or obituary notice.

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