The work, dedication and outstanding achievements of coach Dick Caine and his long-term contribution and charity have been officially recognised by Bayside Council.
Mr Caine was coach and lessee of the Carss Park Olympic Pool for more than 50 years.
He finished up his association with the pool in May.
While the pool is not in the Bayside Council local government area, Bayside mayor, Bill Saravinovski read out a Mayoral Minute at last night’s council meeting officially recognising Mr Caine’s long-term contribution to swimming and charity.
“His efforts extend beyond local government boundaries and many generations of Bayside residents have benefitted from his world class coaching and dedication to charity fundraising,” Cr Saravinovski said.
“We also acknowledge the support provided by his wife Jenny, who continues to work at the pool.
“Mr Caine was head coach of swimming at Carss Park Olympic Pool for more than 50 years.
He coached 17 World and Olympic champions as well as State and National champions including Michelle Ford who grew up in Sans Souci, Janelle Elford, Karen Phillips, Stacey Gartrell and Wayne Shillington; triathletes Michellie Jones and Sian Welch; and marathon swimmer Susie Maroney.
“As a fitness trainer he also helped sporting legends, Anthony Mundine and Jeff Fenech to reach the heights of their careers.
“Not content to rest on his laurels as a world class coach, Mr Caine has continually lent his skills and determination to a wide range of charity endeavours including raising funds for PCYC equipment and assisting disadvantaged youth and children with disabilities.
“He has also raised money for hospital equipment and cancer research. Council thanks Mr Caine for sharing his passion for coaching and helping to enrich the lives of members of the St George community.
“We wish Mr Caine all the very best for the future.”