Save our Warringah Coaches!
Save our Warringah Coaches!
The Warringah Aquatic Swimming Club – based on the recent Northern Beaches council decision to change coaching rights as of February 2022 – post a 4-month lockdown for the second year in a row, where Covid has already affected the mental health and wellbeing of young people in our club, now struggling to cope with the loss of their routines and coaching connections due to a prolonged covid lockdown.
We are urging the Northern Beaches Mayor and Councillors to reconsider the recent council sign off for new coaching/lane rights agreement at the Warringah Aquatic Centre, which essentially removes our clubs current three outstanding coaches, who have played an instrumental role as Coaches of our club for the past 6 years. Delivering not only phenomenal results at both State, National and International level, in the pool, open water and surf lifesaving competitions. But also, for achieving all of this whilst putting our mental health FIRST and physical health second, after extended periods out of the water due to Covid lockdowns in two consecutive swimming years for us all.
We are asking that Northern Beaches Council give our clubs swimmers and parents the ability to be heard in this matter, to form a greater understanding as to why it is so important that any model agreed to by council MUST include all three of our current coaching staff – Cameron Gledhill, Assistant Coach Lachlan Vane-Tempest and Junior Coach Sandi Edwards.
In a club with over 200 current registered swimmers, our entire squad and our families know that Cameron and his team are the most exceptional group of coaches we have ever come across. Many of us are in our 20’s, so we have already trained under numerous other coaches and been members of several other clubs in the local area and beyond it. The large number of university age athletes is one of the highest in the state, showing the current coaching team have addressed the issue of swimmers dropping out post school that is faced much by the swimming community. Amongst our program we have; a Paralympian, 2 Nutri-Grain Iron women, open water athletes winning national championships, water polo players and triathletes at the highest level not to mention our pool swimming success, we are reaching the pinnacle of all these different disciplines, which takes a unique approach in which no one else in NSW is doing. We do it all amongst our squad and we do it successfully.
We need Council to understand and embrace their importance they have already had in supporting our mental health post covid 2020, and if we thought 6 weeks was hard to be out of the training pool in 2020, we all had no idea of what 2021 was about to deliver us with an astounding four months spent in lockdown.
Their coaching style is so unique and must be evaluated in being essential to our swimmer’s mental health and wellbeing moving forward, which should be paramount in any decision which affects a local sporting club, but in 2021 must be given unprecedented priority, because of the strain and duress we are already facing due to being in lockdown with no access to our training facilities, our coaches, our club-mates over the past four months.
At a time where organisations all over the country - and the world are going out of their way to place mental health at the forefront of everything right now. We as swimmers of Warringah Aquatic Swim Club want our Northern Beaches council to address to why the tender was not made public and why a very successful program was unsuccessful in retaining the coaching rights. We’d also like to know why there was no consultation with the community who would be affected by this decision. Especially at a time when the mental health of our youth is at major concern, why has this not been considered in the tender process?.
We are asking all councillors, and anyone in the upcoming council election to sign this pledge addressing our very serious but valid concerns, committing to investigate and make public this tender process and we don’t have time on our side here.
We need you to act to support us and we need you to act NOW!!!!!