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John Alexander pays respects to local legend Forbes Carlile

Australia’s Oldest Olympian and local swimming legend Forbes Carlile has passed away at the age of 95.

Amidst his career as a swimmer and modern pentathlete at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, Carlile was a pioneering swimming coach who taught many Australian champions, including Shane Gould.

John Alexander first met Forbes many years ago, when JA was developing the Next Generation Club at Ryde Aquatic Centre. At this time Forbes had been operating out of Ryde Aquatic Centre for many years and using it as a base for training many local and national champions.

John said: “It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Forbes Carlile. He was a wonderful advocate of the great sport of swimming, and while he coached many Olympians to international success, he was always committed to the grassroots of the sport and working with the local community.”

“His passion over the decades he spent at Ryde Aquatic Centre has enriched our local community, and shaped its sporting landscape. For this we are eternally grateful.”

“My thoughts are with his wife Ursula at this sad time.”