Kids keep coach young at heart

Re­flect­ing on pos­i­tiv­ity and model trucks

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

NAME: David Rein­hardt.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Gat­ton Swim­ming Club coach/sports centre man­ager.

Age: 54.

Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Mar­ried.

What have you en­joyed most about Gat­ton Swim­ming Club?

Watch­ing young swim­mers grow and de­velop into great peo­ple and ter­rific ath­letes.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with the club?

Be­cause in or­der to have a club ev­ery­one needs to make a con­tri­bu­tion.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

Ge­off Huegill, Cate Camp­bell, Bren­ton Rickard, Ian Thorpe, Grant Hack­ett and I worked un­der De­nis Cot­terell in a men­tor­ing pro­gram.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

My two girls.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

Sur­round your­self with pos­i­tive peo­ple (my dad).

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

Re­move neg­a­tiv­ity from the world. Life’s too short.

Notwith­stand­ing the num­ber, how old do you feel and why?

Much less than I ac­tu­ally am. Work­ing with kids keeps me young.

What is your favourite hobby or recre­ation and why?

Mak­ing model trucks. They’re cheaper than the real things.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory?

Fam­ily Christ­mases, es­pe­cially when my grand­par­ents were around.

What is your favourite place to visit in the dis­trict?

Lock­yer Sports Centre – great pool!

What would you do if you won the Lotto?

Watch my dust!

Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or liv­ing?

Grant Pat­ter­son, aka Scooter (2012 Par­a­lympic team – look him up).

EN­JOY­ABLE: Gat­ton Swim­ming Club coach David Rein­hardt (left) says coach­ing young ath­letes helps keep him young.

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