Wai Splash Pool welcomed its new head swim coach with a formal powhiri at its venue on Friday, October 2 .
Paulo Brayner comes directly from Oamaru where he was assistant swim coach but originally from Brazil where he gained formal qualifications and extensive swim coaching experience, especially with autism, since 2001.
He came from Rio de Janiero seven years ago as a student to learn English and after working in different jobs he and his wife decided to settle in New Zealand as a good place to raise their 12-year-old son.
He gained a swim coaching role in Oamaru where he helped build its swim team from 50 to 110 over his two and a half years. He has really enjoyed the experience, getting used to New Zealand culture.
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Manager Philomena Beale says Wai Splash has had a very successful year despite Covid-19, with good numbers in the pool since restrictions lifted.
She and the directors felt it was time for the organisation to appoint a head swim coach since swim club members are having to go to Palmerston North to train.
"Paulo fitted the bill perfectly," she said.
She sees a busy term four ahead with school groups and more joining the squads.
For Paulo this is a dream come true. He believes communication is the tool to swim success along with technique training and practice.
He said he is "Very excited to be here."