Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

OAM for Teaching Goes Swimmingly

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

OAM for Teaching Goes Swimmingly

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

RECOVERING from a family business going under can be hard but Peter McMahon used the opportunity to turn his passion into a career - and changed thousands of Ipswich kids' lives in the process.

When McMahon's Soft Drinks went out of business in the early 1990s, Mr McMahon decided he should work in an area he loved - swimming.

On Thursday Mr McMahon was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in the general division for his work teaching children how to swim and for his work with the Ipswich Show Society and with Ipswich Hospice Care. He said when he left the soft drink business he knew he wanted to work in swimming.

"I had a commerce degree that was well out of date but decided that I loved swimming and I wanted to teach it," he said.

He leased out the family's Wulkuraka factory to Schweppes and converted their Martin St facility into the Swim Factory. …

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