New swim coach makes a splash

By Grace Jones | posted on September 22, 2019

ALBANY Swim Club’s new Head Coach George Harnetty hopes to bring the club to capacity after holding trials over the past month.

Harnetty is originally from England and has been in the pool swimming since an early age.

“I’ve been coaching for the past six-and-a-half years or so,” he said.

“I started coaching after teaching swimming in Perth for a while. The head coach of the Breakers said I should give coaching a go and I just love it.

“I’ve learned from the best coaches in the state.”

Harnetty said he hoped to change some club culture while coaching swimmers in the club.

“I want to get all of the swimmers to believe they can compete against top metropolitan competitors,” he said.

“They shouldn’t be intimidated by the city swimmers or the other swimmers in the club.”

Harnetty said he had been running trials since last month to try and attract more swimmers to join.

“I’ve had about 10 try out,” he said.

“I want to reach the maximum capacity of swimmers we can have which is more than 100 and go to ALAC and ask them to build a 50m pool.

“Anyone can come down and try, and see how they fit in with the squad.”

Harnetty said if anyone wanted to get more information on the Albany Swim Club or to try out for the team to email head.coach@albanyswimming.org or registrar@albanyswimming.org