Great Southern Swimming Club appoints new Head Coach Libby Thornton

NEW COACH: Libby Thornton is the new Head Coach at the Great Southern Swim Club.

NEW COACH: Libby Thornton is the new Head Coach at the Great Southern Swim Club.

Following the retirement of Head Coach, Karin Reddecliffe, Great Southern Swimming Club has appointed its new Head Coach, Libby Thornton.

Libby has recently moved back to Strathalbyn after 27 years in Bordertown and is looking forward to meeting and working with the Great Southern swimmers and their families.

A keen swimmer for most of her life, Libby has been both a swimming teacher and coach for the past 20 years.

For 14 years she coached the Upper South East swimming team and was, more recently, Head Coach and secretary of the Bordertown Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club.

"I am very excited about my recent appointment and am looking forward to commencing training this week and meeting those swimmers and families I have not yet had the opportunity to meet," Libby said.

In 2017 Libby was awarded the Swimming SA Local Legend. The Local Legends initiative is designed to recognise the great work of volunteers within the swimming community and the commitment they make to their local club.

Libby started her work with the Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club nearly 20 years ago after her children joined the club and she decided to do the same.

She remains one of the key reasons behind the success of the swimming program in Bordertown.

"Since I was a child I've been a keen swimmer and love anything to do with water," she said.

All three of Libby's children were involved in swimming, which the whole family enjoyed together for many years.

"It's good to be able to give back to the sport that has given me so much pleasure."

To find out more contact Fleurieu Aquatic Centre or Strathalbyn Pool staff.