Swimming coach brings valuable experience to role

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After six years in Cambridge and 27 years of coaching swimming, new Oamaru Swim Club coach Narcis Gherca says he happy to be here.

Gherca said he was looking forward to lifting the standard of swimming in Oamaru.

“I’m very happy with what is on offer here in Oamaru,” he said. “For a small town, the facilities are very good.”

He has coached at all levels, including Olympic competitors in 1996 when he was coach of the Romanian swimming team, and again in 2012 when he attended the 2012 London Olympics with 13-year-old paralympian Nikita Howard.

“I was head coach of Romania in 1996 and I took Nikita to London, where she got sixth place in the 200 individual medley and again last year, where she won the world champs.”

Gherca became a full-time swimming coach in 1994 after passing his exam in Germany.

While here in Oamaru, he is hoping to get the best out of the swimmers Oamaru has on offer.

“My role is to help scout the learn to swim programmes for potential competition swimmers and then continue to coach them right through the levels,” he said.

Despite having only being here for two weeks, Gherca said he was happy with the swimming talent in North Otago.

“It’s really good. There are some good strong swimmers.”

Gherca said he liked the concept of the Waitaki District Council being involved.

“It’s great. It means there could be more help from the community for swimmers, but also the community, which is fantastic. It’s the only way the sport will grow in small towns.”

He coaches from 6-7.30am in the mornings and 4-8pm at nights.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: New Oamaru swim coach Narcis Gherca is looking forward to coaching some of North Otago’s brightest swimming talents.