Muller takes on new coaching role

COACH: National swimmer Grant Muller made the move from Adelaide to take up the coaching position at West Coast Swimming Club and hopes to get more people in the community swimming for life.
COACH: National swimmer Grant Muller made the move from Adelaide to take up the coaching position at West Coast Swimming Club and hopes to get more people in the community swimming for life.

West Coast Swimming Club has welcomed new coach and Olympic qualifier competitor Grant Muller to the fold to help raise the next generation of swimmers.

It's something different, I wanted to get outside my comfort zone.

Muller began his swimming career in Adelaide at Immanuel College before moving to Marion Swimming Club and going on to compete at a national level.

He took over the position about a month ago and has jumped right into his role.

"I started swimming about 13 years ago and have been a swim coach for the past six years," he said.

"As a coach, my goals for the...swimmers will be that they enjoy their swimming through friendships, improvement and reach whatever their individual goals are."

As an accomplished swimmer he has won gold at the State Open Swimming Championship, taken home silver in the Australian Age Long Course relay event and gold in the relay at the Australian short course meet.

"It's something different, I wanted to get outside my comfort zone," he said on the move to Port Lincoln.

The keen butterflyer said in Adelaide he began training at 5am but the short commute and the fact training started here at 6am allowed for a welcomed sleep in.

"There's a lot of potential," he said on the local swimmers talent.

"One thing I've noticed is that the kids here are super fit from doing a mix of sports, like netball and footy."

Club president Kelly White said Muller was selected as the WCSC believed that rural children should be given every opportunity to develop their swimming potential.

She said based on the potential of the current crop of swimmers and the forecast of those to come they decided to take on Muller.

"This is a huge win for the future of the club and we feel fortunate to attract someone of Grant’s calibre, expertise and passion," she said.

"..the strategic plan...identified the opportunity and need to employ a head coach that can model and provide coaching and programming at an Australian and international level in Port Lincoln."

Muller has competed in the Australian Open Short Course qualifiers and a medalist at the state age long course swimming championship.

He was the Marion Swimming Club captain from 2016 to 2017 and took home the club's coaches award in 2017.

"I moved to Marion Swimming Club at age 16 under the coaching of Shelly Jarret and from there I really grew to love and understand swimming," he said.

He said another vision for his time with the club would be to get parents and anyone else in the community involved in swimming.

"Swimming is a good atmosphere...I want to grow the number of people swimming for life," he said.

"It's one of the best ways to keep fit and all you really need is togs and goggles.

"It's good for rehab as well, and for all ages."