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Local coach to international coach

June Cotter is currently at the INAS Global Games as an assistant swimming coach.

JUNE Cotter has recently checked an item off her bucket list as she has recently left Mareeba bound for the INAS Global Games to be held in Brisbane.

Similar to the Paralympics, The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games is the pinnacle for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Mrs Cotter has been selected as manager/assistant coach for the INAS Global Games swimming team alongside Cairns local Andrew ‘Herbie’ Howard.

Mr Howard has an extensive resume in swimming with his coaching of several Paralympian swimmers, with both coaches for the Games being selected out of FNQ it is an exciting time for swimming in the Far North

Mrs Cotter applied for the Manager/assistant coach job on April 19 and received confirmation about her position two months ago.

“I found out about two months ago, so it was very exciting to hear that I had got it,” she said.

“They’re quite high calibre roles so I was very honoured.”

Mrs Cotter is extremely excited to be coaching for an internationally recognised swimming team.

“I’m hoping to do a good job and impress because I might get chosen again,” she said.

“I would like to thank the local community and my staff at the Mareeba Swimming pool.

“Without them I wouldn’t be able to take this opportunity.”

The swimming team that Mr Howard and Mrs Cotter will be coaching is made up of Down syndrome swimmers including world record holder Katrina Coffey.

Mrs Coffey holds the current INAS world swimming record for the 1500m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Brisbane was chosen to host this year’s games where thousands of athletes from 50 countries will all compete in 10 sports and field events.

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