Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Geno Set to Inspire Our Swim Champs

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Geno Set to Inspire Our Swim Champs

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Griffith Thomas

SPORTS EDITOR

MANY swimming coaches wake up every morning with the goal of educating and inspiring the next generation of stars.

Raleigh Young, who is referred to simply as "Geno", is one of those special coaches.

The 36-year-old, who hails from Georgia in the United States, is as passionate and committed to the pool as they come.

A knowledgeable, energetic and enthusiastic coach, who sometimes uses unconventional training methods to boost team spirit and get the most out of his swimmers, Young is excited about his new role as coach of the Maryborough Swimming Club.

With dreams of becoming the first African- American Olympic swim coach, Young believed he was the right man to make Maryborough a force to be reckoned with at upcoming swimming carnivals.

"I'm a country boy at heart and born and bred in the country," he said.

"I know as a country kid myself that they are the ones that get left behind because it's in the regional areas where the challenge is.

"I believe I have the right drive and passion and I care about the kids.

"I want to see them achieve their goals because the city kids have everything thrown at them, while the regional and country kids get a bit disadvantaged.

"I am one of those people who wants to bridge that gap and put Maryborough on the swim map."

Having coached in three different countries, Young's wide-ranging experience makes him a perfect fit for the club.

He has only been in the job for a month, but already has about 60 swimmers under his watch.

Young dedicated his life to swimming from an early age, competing in his first event when he was seven.

But after a 14-year stint in the pool, reaching state and national level, Young realised he was more attuned to teaching.

"I'm a motivator," he said.

"It's no longer about me. …

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