New man­ager for pool has Magic back­ground

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE -

The new man­ager of Dan­nevirke’s AMP Wai Splash Pool com­plex has an im­pres­sive his­tory, in­clud­ing play­ing netball for the Waikato Magic.

But Phil­a­mena Beale is a Dan­nevirke girl. She’s thrilled to be part of the team tak­ing the Wai Splash Pool com­plex for­ward.

Af­ter at­tend­ing board­ing school in Napier, Phil­a­mena stud­ied in Palmer­ston North and Hamil­ton where she worked for the lo­cal coun­cil for 13 years in a num­ber of roles, in­clud­ing gym man­ager, op­er­a­tions man­ager of a swim­ming com­plex and a team leader, as well as work­ing in the early child­hood sec­tor.

“This has all given me the back­ground to work at AMP Wai Splash. I know the pool en­vi­ron­ment well,” she said. “My fam­ily were at­tracted back to Dan­nevirke three years ago. We wanted to come home when our four kids were still lit­tle and in pri­mary school.”

Be­fore she took over the man­ager’s role at the pool com­plex Phil­a­mena was work­ing with youth.

“I also was a swim­ming in­struc­tor here un­til four months ago,” she said. “I’m lov­ing the man­age­ment role be­cause the new Tararua Aquatic Cen­tre board are will­ing, able and keen and want­ing the best for the pool com­plex and our com­mu­nity. I once had a role work­ing with youth and keep­ing them out of mis­chief, now it’s about keep­ing them ac­tive, busy and en­ter­tained.”

Phil­a­mena is also in­volved with Dan­nevirke netball, and the PHO, iwi and the el­derly com­mu­nity, get­ting them ac­tive.

“My fo­cus is to get into schools and the com­mu­nity net­work­ing,” she said. “We’ve a big year ahead, lift­ing stan­dards and work­ing with our dis­trict coun­cil and oth­ers to de­velop this com­plex, whether it links to a sports sta­dium or a skatepark. It’s just a mat­ter of money.”

Phil­a­mena said she’s tak­ing a fresh, en­thu­si­as­tic ap­proach to drive the pool com­plex.

“I’m in­spired by our board’s en­thu­si­asm and I’m very proud of An­nette Lilo (as­sis­tant man­ager), for cop­ing with the chal­lenges and hold­ing her team to­gether dur­ing a mucky time,” she said. “My son was in this year’s Ross Shield team and I’ve seen how this com­mu­nity gets be­hind a team. Now I’m hop­ing they’ll get be­hind our pool com­plex.”

Used to work­ing with 40 to 100 staff in pre­vi­ous roles, Phil­a­mena has 10 life guards and six learn to swim in­struc­tors at AMP Wai Splash.

“We want to find out more about are the ad­ver­tis­ing signs around the main pool. Are th­ese peo­ple still sup­port­ers and what can we do for them? We also need to get more fi­nan­cial sup­port from our com­mu­nity.”

Phil­a­mena Beale, the new man­ager of Dan­nevirke’s AMP Wai Splash Pool com­plex.

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