November 5, 1971: Ambitious plan by swim coach for Shepp

December 06, 2017

Shepparton will have its first fully enclosed, air conditioned heated swimming pool before the end of the year.

Known as the Goulburn valley Swim School, it will be open for 12 months of the year and cater for all ages from ‘tadpoles’ to adults.

Situated at 575-577 Wyndham St, the project is being undertaken by Graeme and Mavia Sherman,

Graeme is an accountant with the State Savings Bank at Kyabram.

He has a long association with swimming both as a competitor and administrator.

He represented the State in water polo for six years and was a member of four Australian champion teams.

He also won several “best player awards in the A grade of the Victorian Amateur Water Polo Association,” then later gained selection for the Olympic Games.

Before turning professional, eh was a club coach for seven years and was treasurer, finance officer and State selector for the Victorian Amateur Water Polo Association.

He hopes to be able to move to Shepparton with wife Mavia, sons Bradley, 11 years and Steven 9, and daughter Ann, 5, as soon as the project is complete.

The pool complex is set amongst attractive gardens and a car park will be provided.

A house is being built adjacent to the pool.

Graeme said the main advantage of such a pool would be continuity of lessons for learners.

Advanced swimmers would be able to cover the miles necessary in training for national titles.

Graeme Sherman expects his youngest pupils to be in the six to eight months bracket.

Children this age are taught survival swimming which is a variation of the dog paddle.

He claims that children of about two can be taught to bob under water and swim in about 15 lessons.

Asked what age was his oldest starter, Graeme said a woman of close to 50.

But, he said, one of his colleagues had successfully taught a woman of 63 years.

She suddenly realised she had missed out on a lot of pleasures by not being able to swim.

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