A temporary coach will be appointed to look after 55
Waves Club swimmers after next week's Otago championships.
The move was confirmed yesterday by Dunedin City Council
coaching board chairman Lindsay Dey.
The most likely candidate is experienced coach Clive Power,
who lives in Pleasant Point and has just completed a
temporary appointment in Timaru. Osca coach Gennadiy Labara
has offered his services through to the New Zealand
''A good solution would be for Gennadiy to take the senior
swimmers and Clive Power, or someone else, to work with the
juniors,'' Dey said.
''It would give us a temporary solution and give the swimmers
professional coaching at a significant level.''
The coaching board had its first meeting on Thursday to deal
with the temporary situation before the board is officially
put in place on April 1.
The coaching positions have been advertised on the Swimming
New Zealand and DCC websites. Coaches were asked to express
their interest by 5pm yesterday.
The Otago Daily Times understands Labara, whose
contract with Osca and the council ends on March 31, is an
''The board's concern is to put in place a new regime for
professional coaching in Dunedin,'' Dey said.
''It is our requirement to have a professional coaching
structure in place by April 1 for up to 220 swimmers.
''It is possible that it could be in place before that. It is
a desire by all parties involved to come to an answer as soon
as possible. If the applicants are of an international
calibre, the time of appointment may have to be extended.
''We want the best result.''
Alan Dickie, a parent of a swimmer in the Waves club,
contacted the Otago Daily Times this week after learning the
club would no longer have the coaching services of Geoffrey
Calder after the Otago championships.
Calder was a temporary replacement for long-serving Waves
coach Andy Adair, who took up an appointment in Nelson in
October. Waves assistant Rhys Pride-Wall has recently shifted
In an email to DCC general manager of operations Tony Avery,
Dickie said he was ''a concerned parent and [the council] is
still alarmingly slow in sorting out this relatively simple
''You and Steve Prescott [aquatics services manager] assured
all Waves parents that our children's swimming needs would
not be compromised by the revision of the structure of
swimming in the city.
''This is clearly not the case, as our swimmers will have no
coach in the lead-up to the New Zealand junior championships
in February and the New Zealand age group nationals in March.
''These swimmers need to have consistency and guidance before
major competitions. The council appointed the independent
panel to review swimming in Dunedin in May last year, at
which point I asked that these matters be dealt with