Frederic heads to bigger centre in Western Australia
SPORT: After 18 months as YMCA WIRAC centre manager, Frederic Meyer is moving to a similar role at a larger centre in Western Australia.
Meyer emigrated from France in 2002 and has worked at sporting facilities in four states. He was working in Western Australia before taking on the role at WIRAC, a fortnight after the YMCA leased the centre.
He said the YMCA had maintained the overall level of employment at WIRAC after taking over.
“We have 26 staff; 12 or 13 have taken up their first or second job at WIRAC under the YMCA,” Meyer said.
“We have provided training for some staff to become swimming teachers and lifeguards.”
Meyer was keen to talk about the introduction of programs at WIRAC.
“The introduction of term-based programs in basketball and futsal have had a huge impact on the centre,” he said.
He said patrons from Mackay and the Gold Coast told him when visiting the centre during hockey championships they wished they had a similar centres in their areas.
“People in Warwick don’t realise how lucky they are to have WIRAC; an old 50 metre outdoor pool could cost more to maintain after 60 or 70 years than a new centre,” he said.
Meyer said the centre had operated better than budget, which meant Southern Downs Regional Council received more money back from the lease.
He will oversee 65 staff in his WA job.