Coach weighs up future



ROCKHAMPTON'S CQ Aquajets club is going the distance in the search for a new head swimming coach.

Dropping into Rockhampton this week to have a look at the program was potential coach, Slovakian Vladimir Mravec.

However, the former Czechoslovakian (now Slovakia) swimming representative remains undecided on the position.

Mravec is currently coaching in Auckland, New Zealand.

"'Everything is still open,'' Mravec said.

He is weighing up a relaxed and safe lifestyle, a far cry from growing up in Slovakia, against a bigger coaching squad in Auckland ? a squad which includes 12 swimmers who qualified for next month's Commonwealth Games.

"If I come here I come from one of the biggest clubs in New Zealand, with 35 swimmers in a morning session and 50 in an afternoon session, to a club with just 35 swimmers,'' Mravec said.

"I need to do what's best for my career and my family.''

Mravec last coached in Australia two years ago at the Jon Conrad swim school in Sydney.

"Swimming in Australia is still the best ? Australia and America are so dominant.''

CQ Aquajets president Cyril Thomasson is feeling confident about a future appointment.

"We just need a visa (regional skills visa) to get him over here,'' Thomasson said.

"We're looking for someone who can manage the programs from learn to swim to championship squads.''

Thomasson said he was "90% sure'' of securing the coach.

"I'd expect him to be here by the end of June,'' Thomasson said.



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