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18 Feb 2016
Former Olympian, Matt Welsh, has recently started as the new Performance Mentor in Genazzano's Sports and Aquatics department. Below is a piece written by Matt, outlining his thoughts on working at Gen:
After spending more than four hours at a pool every day for over 13 years, you would think that I wouldn’t ever want to set foot in an aquatic centre again! And I admit that I thought the same, but how wrong I was! There was something missing in my life being away from the pool and now in my new role as Performance Mentor with the Aquatic and Sports departments at Gen, I feel like I have come home.
The Genazzano community has been very welcoming and fantastic to work with. So far I have met many at the school through involvement with numerous PE classes, the GenStar Wellbeing Program, GenSwim (our learn to swim program), GenAquatic (our resident swimming club) and of course with the Genazzano Swim Team at the recent Centenary Swim Meet.
I have a great affection for Genazzano as my two daughters are at Grange Hill and my wife is Genazzano Alumnae as well. I too spent many hours at the Genazzano Aquatic Centre every day, in preparation for the Olympics and that training yielded me three Olympic medals and a few world records for good measure. So you could say that Genazzano holds an important place in our family.
I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be back at the Genazzano pool and share my knowledge and enthusiasm for swimming and sport with the next 'Gen'eration. I look forward to seeing you all on the pool deck soon.
Former Olympian and new Performance Mentor (Sports & Aquatics)