Swimming coach's legacy lives on in Gladstone
HOME to champions in the making, the John Dahl Pool on Glenlyon Rd this year reaches the 20-year mark.
In 1994, John Dahl conceived the idea of nurturing Gladstone's future athletes, and of giving the Western Suburbs Swimming Club a home and identity.
Adam Eiseman, the present leaseholder of the pool, was a seven-year-old coached by Mr Dahl when the pool opened.
He describes the late Mr Dahl as a man of his word, and someone who approached everything in life with an all-or-nothing attitude.
"He was a passionate man, he liked getting things done," he said.
"And if he thought you weren't performing up to standard, he'd be sure to let you know."
Mr Eiseman, now 27, is continuing Mr Dahl's legacy by coaching the younger generations using many of the same principles.
He said Mr Dahl, who died last year, was the driving force behind the pool, which he also helped to build.
In recognition of his dedication to the Gladstone swimming scene, in 2011 Mr Dahl was named the Sports Official of the Year at the Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day Awards.
This accolade and having the pool named in his honour, were two of Mr Dahl's proudest moments.
The pool welcomes meets to masters, carnivals, swimming lessons and the wider Gladstone community.