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Zak's dream is coming true

Zak Sorenson doing a water test with WIRAC staff member Carla Frizzell as part of his duties during work experience at WIRAC.
Zak Sorenson doing a water test with WIRAC staff member Carla Frizzell as part of his duties during work experience at WIRAC. Contributed

ZAK Sorenson's dream of becoming a swimming coach is one step closer after he was invited to attend the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Conference in Brisbane last week.

Zak assisted Swimming Queensland disability manager Wendy Ross to conduct a presentation for learn-to-swim teachers and coaches on teaching special groups such as cerebral palsy.

The inspirational 17-year-old Warwick State High school student attends swimming lessons twice a week at WIRAC.

He has also been participating in the work experience program at the centre, where he works behind reception, checks the water temperature and helps set up for the learn-to-swim classes.

WIRAC aquatic co-ordinator Karen Peters said Zak was a great help around the pool.

"Zak has been swimming at the centre for more than three years and Wendy Ross has been assisting WIRAC learn-to-swim teachers with his swimming program," she said.

"Zak's goal over the next 12 months is to improve his swimming skills and be classified and able to compete in the competitions."

Ms Ross recently spent three days at the centre to assist staff with the aquatic participation day for children and adults with special needs and a teacher workshop.

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For more information on how to get involved in WIRAC's swimming programs phone 4661 7955.

Topics:  conference, swimming coach


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