MERRYLANDS Amateur Swimming Club has itself a master coach after the National Masters Championships last month.

Peter Johnston was named the Australian Masters Coach of the Year and it was well deserved, with the small team from Merrylands winning two gold, seven sliver and six bronze individual medals.

"They did really well," Johnston said. "We got 16 medals altogether and 23 personal bests."

The coach's commitment to both the competitive and social sides of Masters Swimming really stood out to the judges.

"Some of the things they look for is the promotion of Masters Swimming and encouraging people to get involved," Johnston said.

"In Masters our motto is Fitness, Friendship and Fun. They train hard, but you have to make sure they have a good time as not everyone is in contention for medals."

Merrylands Adult and Junior swimming squads will continue training throughout the winter.


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Peter Johnston
Peter Johnston has been named the 2013 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year.
Peter Johnston
Peter Johnston has been named the 2013 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year.