New coach to make splash at Maryborough Aquatic Centre
HE HAS the big task of shaping the future of swimming in the Heritage City, but new Maryborough Swimming Club coach Brent Milne says he is the right man to steer the club back to its former glory.
Milne has joined Maryborough, he says, to help rebuild the club from scratch.
The Maryborough Aquatic Centre's redevelopment, coupled with January's flood just a month after the centre's reopening, saw membership plummet.
Originally from Hervey Bay, Milne said he was excited by the challenge and he believed he had the right attributes to flourish in the top job.
"I was very keen to get back into coaching because it is something I am passionate about," he said.
"I see it as a challenge because Maryborough has always been extremely strong.
"There is talent everywhere."
Milne, 38, comes to Maryborough via Nanango where he spent a year as lessee of the pool.
Milne, who worked alongside Hervey Bay Swim Club coach Paul Jones for four years, said there was no tougher job than rebuilding a club that has been brought to its knees for reasons out of its control.
But the father-of-two believed starting from scratch also had many benefits.
"We've got a lot of young ones and I'm sort of starting with a fresh canvas," he said.
"We've also got a couple of older kids who have sound techniques but just haven't had the training.
"I'm confident they will get some good results."
Milne has only been in the job for a few months, but already has about 25 swimmers under his watch.
His key focus in the short term is to inspire more kids to swim and be
more competitive at regional level.
"It's all about nurturing the kids to reach their goals," he said. "The potential is there, but key is for them to be enthusiastic about the sport."
But when the time comes, Milne is confident Maryborough will be able to produce state and national age champions again, with the benefit of a state-of-the-art facility.
"The facilities we have got here (Maryborough Aquatic Centre) are world-class so we are pretty lucky in that sense," he said.
"I think Maryborough and Hervey Bay have always been great breeding grounds for swimmers because Queensland is the best in producing talent, and we are contributing on a regional-based scale."
Maryborough Swimming Club will travel to Bundaberg on November 23 for the City of Charm swim meet.
It will be the club's first competition away from home with Milne in charge.