A tribute to JJ Cole

Today we were saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Cole, a Life Member of Swimming Waikato.

Jim’s association with swimming in the Waikato began at Te Kuiti Club where he was Head Coach for several years before moving to Hamilton in the late 1960’s where he joined the now defunct Hamilton Club. During this time his family were all involved at club, centre and national levels and Jim began a long career in officiating.   He was also a leader in the move to alter the former Municipal Pools from a 33 1/3 yard pool with diving boards at the deep end to a 25 metre length and making it more cost effective by changing the depth from six feet to 3 feet.   Jim was a well respected Life Member of Hamilton Club.

He became a stalwart of the officiating scene both here in the Waikato and Nationally.  Jim acted as a Technical Official at many international meets around the world including Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacifics.

For many years he was a member of the New Zealand Technical Committee and was a leading examiner during this time.  He was part of a team which encouraged a high level of performance and comportment from all officials at all meets no matter what level.

Our thoughts are with Jim’s family and friends at this sad time.