Video: Coach makes splash for club with award
ADAM Eiseman coaches his swimmers so they can win medals, not to receive accolades of his own.
But the Western Suburbs coach is getting the attention for his club's run of good results and personal-best times.
As club coach, Eiseman has accepted the award for Junior Excellence Central Queensland Club of the Year; an award he didn't know anything about until it arrived on his doorstep.
"It is a bit of a shock. I wasn't expecting anything like it," he said.
"All the feedback is positive. They (the kids) are stoked about it. It is a big thing for the club."
But Eiseman doesn't go around spruiking his award. He doesn't even know the criteria it took to win.
What the coach is shouting from the rooftops is the success of his student swimmers.
"While they are keen it is not hard to get out of bed," he said.
"They hit their personal-bests and the medals are rewards.
"The kids being motivated to come everyday is enough for me."
The 17-year-old coach is changing nothing he does because of the award.
After all, the current regimen is obviously delivering.
But he wants to get through the back end of the swimming season before assessing just how much of a success the club can claim from the hard work.
He said then he could really take in what this award was about.
"I will look back in a couple of months and soak in more then," he said.
"There is lots of the season still to go, more important things for the kids."
The athletes are keen to get on with it as well, offering their coach a quick pat on the back before jumping into the water and trying to earn him more recognition.
"They give the quiet congrats, but I have not made a big deal," Eiseman said.
The whole club is excited about the award though, and a few of the kids offered their opinions of Eiseman.