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Oban Otters have bid a fond farewell to Amanda Coates who is retiring from swimming after 32 years of being poolside and six years as head coach of the competitive swim team.
Team captains Andrew Boyle and Edie Elliott asked Amanda what motivated her to dedicate so much time to swimming and to Otters. Amanda’s main motivation was the swimmers themselves, especially when they hit their targets as she was so invested in their swimming journey.
Some of Amanda’s proudest moments in her swim coaching career include when her son Sam qualified for the Scottish Nationals and when swimmers achieved times for the first time for the West District Championships as this was a big step up from regular competitions. Amanda particularly enjoyed seeing young swimmers start their journey in the club gala with their first experience of competitive races.
Amanda is going to miss going to swimming meets with the club and seeing them do well, and the Otters team spirit, as despite being the smallest club at a competition, they were usually the loudest club cheering on their team-mates. Amanda will also miss seeing the evolution of the swimmers as they grow and mentor the next generation of swimmers.