Bow­man at helm of club

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Be­nalla Swim­ming Club has re­cently ap­pointed a new head coach, Gary Bow­man.

Bow­man grew up in the small coun­try towns of Koon­drook and Co­huna in north-cen­tral Vic­to­ria, next door to an out­door pool where he spent his sum­mers as a child.

With lit­tle op­por­tu­nity to train or race, Bow­man said this fu­elled his in­ter­est in coach­ing swim­ming, while be­ing able to of­fer some­thing back to young coun­try swim­mers.

He has helped to fos­ter a pas­sion for swim­ming in young chil­dren through his teach­ing, with his pre­vi­ous coach­ing role be­ing head coach at Kew Swim­ming Club.

Bow­man’s in­ter­est in help­ing swim­mers im­prove their tech­nique led him to take up po­si­tions coach­ing squads of younger and older swim­mers.

Ini­tially work­ing with the CA Tri­tons club in Bulleen, he de­vel­oped a recre­ational swim­ming squad into a group of com­peti­tors — with many go­ing on to com­pete at state and na­tional level.

Bow­man has de­vel­oped a pas­sion for ‘‘best prac­tice’’ in coach­ing, and said he strove to im­prove his own knowl­edge and skills to pass onto his swim­mers.

‘‘I’m in­ter­ested in help­ing Be­nalla de­velop as a swim­ming club that caters for all in­ter­ests in swim­ming, whether recre­ational, fit­ness or com­pet­i­tive swim­ming, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing lo­cal club time tri­als, school, state and na­tional level meets,’’ Bow­man said.

The Be­nalla swim club would also like to recog­nise the many years of ser­vice pro­vided by pre­vi­ous coach Libby Foubis­ter, and thanked her for her tire­less con­tri­bu­tion fos­ter­ing the tal­ents of Be­nalla’s young swim­mers.

The club has sev­eral squads with tai­lored pro­grams to match the goals and fit­ness lev­els of each swim­mer.

An en­try-level squad is avail­able for swim­mers who have pre­vi­ously had swim­ming lessons and can swim rea­son­able freestyle, back­stroke and breast­stroke, with the main fo­cus be­ing im­prov­ing and de­vel­op­ing skills.

Young swim­mers can ‘come and try’ swim­ming with the club in the first three weeks of the term on Wed­nes­days at 4.30 pm and Thurs­days at 5 pm.

The club is also hop­ing to start an adult squad, to as­sist ma­ture swim­mers in de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing their tech­nique.

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