Well-earned reward for coach

FOUR members of the Whitsunday Warriors Masters swimming team travelled to Banora Point on the Tweed Coast for the Masters Swimming State Championships on the weekend.

While Todd Robinson, Angus McLeod and Freya Hill each received medals for every event they entered, swimmer and coach Mark Erickson returned with an award nobody else had.

He was named as the 2011 Queensland Master Swimming Coach of the year.

Having taken masters and junior swimmers through their training paces since 1992, Erickson was recognised for his commitment to swimming over the years and the contribution he had made to so many.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” he said.

“Just seeing them and the way they progress and just the friendships that you make is what I enjoy.

“I just enjoy coaching and helping others enjoy their swimming.”

The Whitsunday squad took on other swimmers across Queensland and northern New South Wales who made up a strong field of 180 competitors.

The Whitsunday Masters Swimming Club is now looking forward to its 2011 carnival this weekend.

The event will see swimmers from Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays competing at Proserpine Swimming Pool.

Action starts at noon on Saturday with a core strength and start and finish training session on Sunday from 9am.


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