Trainee turns trainer

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

HAMISH Swain is one of the Whit­sun­days’ most suc­cess­ful ju­nior sailors, hav­ing com­peted in nu­mer­ous state and na­tional cham­pi­onships in his Op­ti­mist dinghy.

At just 13 years old, he is al­ready tak­ing on a new chal­lenge, turn­ing from a trainee to a trainer.

On Sun­day Hamish took the op­por­tu­nity of pass­ing on his knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence by be­com­ing coach to the ju­nior mem­bers of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Green Fleet.

Prior to the club’s off beach rac­ing event, in which he was also a par­tic­i­pant, he held a train­ing ses­sion with the Green Fleet’s A di­vi­sion, aimed at hon­ing their skills.

Hamish said it was such a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence he would be do­ing it again.

“I re­ally en­joyed meet­ing the new peo­ple and it was just lots of fun,” he said.

In week eight of the club’s nine-week Win­ter Se­ries that fol­lowed, Luke Mairs was first in the two races, with Hamish Swain sec­ond and Ned Sleight third.

Tess Mun­ster was first in the ju­nior di­vi­sion, with Aochi Dib­bin in sec­ond place.

Next week the se­ries will fi­nalise with a pre­sen­ta­tion and bar­be­cue on the lawns.

IN TRAIN­ING: The Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club's Green Fleet A pre­par­ing for their coach­ing ses­sion with Hamish Swain.

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