welcome Wynand Pretorius

My home club has hired a new coach, Wynand Pretorius from South Africa. He and his family recently arrived in the Great White North. The paperwork took about 18 months!

Myself and another alumni coach, Andrew Vetter, stopped by to welcome Wynand.

So far, so good. Altadore is an excellent training facility. Wynand will be very busy soon.

They are still looking for a new Men’s Head Coach, however. I recommend the position.

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Altadore is celebrating its 50th Anniversary February 10-13, 2017 at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary. I should be there. Though I didn’t start 50 years ago myself, I was one of the first boys in the Club. 🙂

Olympic Gold prize money

The athlete walking away from Rio with the biggest paycheck for a single gold medal doesn’t even come from an official country.
Taiwanese woman weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching, who competed under the banner of Chinese-Taipei, is being rewarded with $952,000 by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and the island’s Olympic Committee. …

France, South Korea, Japan, China and the United States also reward medalists with money — but on a much smaller scale. China offers about $36,000 for a gold medal win, while the United States Olympic Committee rewards gold medalists with $25,000. …

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University of Texas swimmer $740,000

The NCAA rules remind me of the bad old days when professionals could not compete in the Olympics. Sooner or later the NCAA are going to have to come to terms with allowing student athletes to profit from their sports.

American collegiate sport allows EVERYONE to profit … aside from the athletes. 😦

This loophole might speed the process.

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Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, set to be a junior at the University of Texas, won the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics …

The achievement – Singapore’s first medal in Rio — qualified him for an award of about $740,000 from the Singapore National Olympic Council that he will be able to keep without forfeiting his remaining college swimming eligibility.

Prior to the NCAA rules change in 2015, that would not have been possible. …

Under the incentive program’s rules, Schooling will have to give 20% of his award money to the Singapore Swimming Association, but he’ll still be left with a tidy sum. …

Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling scores big in butterfly with $740,000 in win over Phelps