A team of five people with swimming and sports administration
backgrounds have been appointed to the new Dunedin Swim
Coaching Board, formed to oversee coaching of the sport in
Dunedin City Council general manager operations Tony Avery
said the board was created in response to the recommendations
of an independent panel that reviewed the city's swim
coaching needs earlier this year.
The board members are chairman Lindsay Dey, sports
administrator and president of the Dunedin Triathlon and
Multisport Club; Matt Heaton, president of Waves Swimming
Club; Sean McMahon, chairman of the Otago Swim Coaching
Academy (Osca); Kay Alexander, Swimming Otago selector and
Otago Swimming Technical Panel member, who also has
involvement with Waves and Osca; and John Brimble, chief
executive of Sport Otago.
Mr Avery said the board represented a broad range of people
who had backgrounds in sport and swimming, and business and
The board would manage squad-based swim coaching services at
There was genuine excitement in the swimming community about
what a board like this could do, he said.
''It is an opportunity to develop Dunedin as a major centre
for swimming that will be able to attract elite sports people
here to train. The board will also be able to provide clear
pathways for developing young swimmers, from learn-to-swim,
to elite squad level.''
One of the board's first tasks would be to manage a process
to appoint new coaches next year.
Mr Brimble's involvement would initially be for one year,
providing a link to the work of the independent panel, of
which he was part. Sport Otago would also provide the board
with administration and set-up support in the initial stages.
The board was appointed by a panel made up of Councillor Bill
Acklin, chairman of the council's community development
committee; Mandy Grainger, president of Swim Otago; Mr
Brimble; and Mr Avery.