Swim coach Kirsten Porter, who competed at the Australian titles in breaststroke, has taken over as Rainbow Beach Sports Club’s new swimming and fitness coach.
Swim coach Kirsten Porter, who competed at the Australian titles in breaststroke, has taken over as Rainbow Beach Sports Club’s new swimming and fitness coach. Contributed

Porter carries a new load

GEELONG breaststroke sensation Kirsten Porter is Rainbow Beach Sports Club's new swimming and fitness coach.

A new arrival in Rainbow Beach, Porter is certainly not new to swimming.

Porter competed at the Australian national titles in breaststroke after several placings at the state level.

A dedicated trainer, she travelled 45 minutes each day to train at Geelong from the rural town of Balliang.

Now, after eight years coaching in Victoria, Porter has moved to Rainbow Beach for a sea change and is excited by the challenge.

Qualified in sport and exercise science and injury rehabilitation, Porter said she had many goals for the club.

"My aim is to develop a strong team-orientated club that will cater for the development and fitness of swimmers through to state and national levels," she said.

After only a month in the job, Porter is impressed with the talent in the region.

"It's pretty exciting. In the pool at the moment we probably have five kids who will go to state championships at the end of the year," she said.

Porter said she wanted to learn how to surf after recently purchasing a surfboard.

Her local swimmers probably could teach the coach a thing or two.

The Rainbow Beach Swimming Club welcomes all swimmers looking to sign up for the new season to drop into the pool or contact them on 5486 3191.

Gympie Times


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