He took some youngsters from just paddling in the pool to standing on the starters block at national championships, and that will be Toyota Whanganui Swim Club head coach Andy McLay's legacy as he departs for Tauranga.

McLay and his partner Anna have stepped down from their roles at the club to move up to the Bay of Plenty for another coaching opportunity, ending a five year role with the local club which started in February 2014.

On his arrival in town from being head coach of the Heretaunga Sundevils in the Hawke's Bay, McLay said his goal was to