SUPER COACH: Dalby swimming coach Brian Shorter has watched many of his students perform personal best times this season.
SUPER COACH: Dalby swimming coach Brian Shorter has watched many of his students perform personal best times this season. Michael Doyle

Beloved coach inspiring junior swimmers

DALBY's junior swimmers are smashing their personal best times.

One student has described the club's head trainer as the best she has ever had.

Brian Shorter has had a busy swimming season as lead trainer of the junior Dalby Dolphins.

As the season draws to a close, Mr Shorter has reflected on one of the club's most successful seasons in recent history.

Three swimmers competed at Queensland State Championships, and a further nine competed at a separate state championship, but watching his students achieve a personal best time was Mr Shorter's proudest moment.

"Sometimes when they swim really well in races I have tears going down my eyes, because I feel for them when they swim,” Mr Shorter said.

"I personally feel really great for them as well as myself, because it is a great achievement.”

Mr Shorter coached 14 swimmers who competed for Bunya Zone, at the Darling Downs School Swimming Championships including Olivia Grubb who won the 50 metre Butterfly title for the 10-years age group. Mr Shorter said confidence was the most important thing for his swimmers.

"In coaching you have to get (the swimmers) confidence,” he said.

"When they have confidence they really will swim for you and they go really hard.”

Breanna Burrowes joined Mr Shorter's team in 2017, and said she has had her most successful season to date.

"He is like the best coached I have had in my life.” Breanna said.

"Because of him I have made it to Bunya (district trials) and DD (Darling Downs district trials) and with other coaches I have never done that before.”


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