Swim coach legend dies aged 80

By Emma Evans in Local People

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man believed to have taught hundreds of people from Brecon and surrounding areas to swim.

Swimming instructor Eddie Boulter passed away last Friday, at the age of 80.

The larger than life grandfather-of-two was a well-known character in the town, famous for developing the town’s swimming club and the sub-aqua group.

His former boss at Brecon Swimming Pool Kevin Harding said Eddie had an illustrious career as a swimming and diving instructor.

He said: "So many local school children went through the lesson programme he coordinated for the schools at the pool and in conjunction with these were the swimming lessons he instructed as part of the swimming pool programme. He started off with his ’mother and baby’ classes, he would then see the same children again as they progressed through the various stages of swimming ability and then for many the development continued as they progressed to the swimming club. As Brecon did not historically have a swimming club, it was found that many adults could not swim. Eddie’s adult swimming courses soon put paid to that and not only did they accomplish the key objective in teaching people to swim, it also added to the social and health wellbeing of so many people in the area."

Born in Ebbw Vale, Eddie moved to Brecon to pursue his coaching career at the former Penlan Swimming Pool. His legacy is set to live on through the annual Open South Powys Swimming Gala.