Great Scott scoops pool

Coach Stacey Scott with one of her charges, swimmer Tommy Sucipto. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410018
Coach Stacey Scott with one of her charges, swimmer Tommy Sucipto. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d410018

Awarded by the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association WA Branch, the title acknowledged Ms Scott’s efforts in the past year developing the club.

The 28-year-old Armadale resident was also recognised for her efforts getting swimmers competing on international teams.

Ms Scott said she was surprised but flattered to be awarded the title.

‘It’s nice to be recognised for the work you put in, and in swimming also most of the spot light is on the swimmers, us coaches are usually in the background,’ she said.

‘The club has developed quite a bit over the last year, I work primarily with the core of the older group at the club, as most of these kids haven’t got much of a background in swimming and have a lot of ground to make up on other swimmers their age.

‘These guys are 12 years old with my eldest 20; they’re a very talented bunch of swimmers.’

The now six-month pregnant Ms Scott was once a swimmer herself but moved into coaching at a young age.

‘I used to swim, and got injured, and just to keep me in the loop while I recovered my coach got me to start assisting with junior squads to keep me around the pool a bit more and close to my normal training routine,’ she said.

‘I started coaching back in 1999 as a 14-year-old just assisting and learning the ropes, and stepped up a bit more seriously in 2002 when I was 17.’

Ms Scott said the biggest reward as a coach was setting swimmers goals each day and watching them achieve them.

‘I love watching them compete as well because with most of my group being so new to the sport it’s great to see the rapid improvement that’s being made,’ she said.