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Oak Flats pool honours the McKay's


The 50 metre pool at the Oak Flats Swimming complex will be named the Ted and Helen McKay Pool today to honour almost 50 years of coaching.

The official naming is in recognition of decades of community service provided by the couple and their commitment over that period as swimming coaches.

The McKay's began teaching learn to swim classes and coaching for the Oak Flats Swimming Club in 1968, three years after the pool opened.

While teaching their own children to swim, they saw the need to help others and started a learn to swim program which later turned into the Oak Flats Swimming Club.

Sadly, Helen’s husband Ted passed away in 2008.

Helen has continued to coach and is now in her 50th year of volunteering at the club.


Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said Helen will be emotional at the naming ceremony.

"Look she will, unfortunately Ted passed away a couple of years ago.

"I know that Helen is embarrassed a bit too but she's very excited about the fact she's being recognised for all of this work that she has done because she hasn't done it for any other reason except to give the kids a go," Cr Saliba said.

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