Talks on coaching board begin today

Bill Acklin
Bill Acklin
Dunedin's swimming community will meet today to discuss future plans after the Dunedin City Council agreed a Dunedin swim coaching board be established to oversee coaching services at Moana Pool.

Councillors this week agreed to the coaching board idea as part of a parcel of recommendations from an independent review panel on the future provision of swim coaching services at the pool.

The review coincided with the pending expiration of professional swim coaching contracts at the pool and looked at general issues around swim coaching and pool space and time allocation among swimming clubs, other pool users and various training squads.

It was agreed the community development committee chairman, Cr Bill Acklin, and deputy chairman Cr Paul Hudson would consult Dunedin's swimming community over the board proposal and approve a final structure and approach for the board.

If significant alternative arrangements to those suggested by the independent review panel are preferred following consultation, they will have to go back to the committee for approval.

The review panel recommended the volunteer board would have a contractual relationship with the council to provide swim coaching to squad-based swimmers and general assistance and guidance across all levels of swim training, and implement 13 other panel recommendations on new swim coaching arrangements at the pool.

Discussions would also be held with swimming clubs about amalgamations to allow for better use of the pool.

Council aquatic services manager Steve Prescott said an initial meeting would be held with the swimming community today to discuss a plan for how the consultation would work.

Cr Acklin said the committee expressly thanked the volunteer review panel of Dr David Gerrard, John Brimble and Mark Bone for their report and recommendations.


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