ANDREW (HERBIE) HOWARD.
Andrew Howard is an all-round good bloke – a talented artist and a master swimming coach.
Andrew has been recognised for his work by receiving the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association Multi Class Coach of the Year Award in February.
Typically, Andrew, gave the accolades to his star pupil “Scooter” Patterson, who he has coached for ten years. There is no doubt of Scooter’s success, but not many sports people can say they have had the same coach for ten years; and also had a successful friendship as well.
Starting as a favour for a friend, Andrew helped his mate at Trinity Anglican School Junior Squad. This while he was up here on holiday – and the legend begins.. Andrew not only assisted at TAS, but also helped Peter Tibbs build up the club at Tobruk Pool from nothing to 200 kids.
Operating out of Trinity Bay State High School pool, Andrew says “I just like seeing kids achieving something. And it is so much more than just swimming – we build character and a culture”. His aim is to see kids be the best they can, and off the computers and in the water staying fit and healthy.
Andrew is involved with Swimming Queensland’s disability, indigenous and participation program, and is the state’s para-swimming development officer.
Andrew is admired and respected by all who know him, and is described by Scooter, as an honest, loyal, hardworking man. That says it all.