alengthy loyalty to coaching young swimmers has earned one Alexandra man a top accolade.
Alexandra Amateur Swimming Club head coach Shane Allan was recently named Swimming Otago Coach of the Year.
Allan, who has been involved with the club since 1997 and was a competitive swimmer in Dunedin under the guidance of coach Duncan Laing, was humbled by the announcement.
‘‘I’m honoured to receive the award because there’s so many good coaches out there doing some great work.’’
Allan, who is based at the Molyneux Aquatic Centre, said the Alexandra Swimming Club had always ‘‘punched well above its weight’’ for its size.
And, it was everyone involved who helped make that happen, from the young swimmers, their parents and pool staff.
Allan’s earlier years with the club were at the town’s former pool complex, which was damaged in floods during the 1990s. The pool was located at what isnow the Linger and Die reserve.
Allan was the swimming club representative onthe committee involved in the plan designs for Molyneux Aquatic Centre and has been involved ever since.
‘‘I just love the sport. It’s been part of my life from a young age and I’m always a firm believer in giving back to the sport, especially one that [I am] so passionate about.’’
In response to Allan’s accolade, the swim club was ‘‘proud’’ of his win.
A club spokeswoman said he was always willing to share his knowledge and help swimmers succeed locally and regionally.
‘‘He is committed to ensuring swimmers remain in swimming and is forward planning pathways and incentives to keep them motivated and striving for better. This clearly demonstrates that he not only wants to see his team succeed but all regional swimmers as well.’’