Swimming Australia and the entire swimming community is mourning the loss of Ian ‘Finnie’ Findlay, who passed away on Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Findlay is a former Australian butterfly champion and esteemed coach who was inducted into the 'Swimming Queensland Gallery of Champions' following Glen Housman's Silver medal in the 1500m freestyle at the 1992 Olympic Games.
Highlights of Findlay’s career include:
- Holding the Australian Open Record for the 200m Butterfly (1983) for six years
- Being an Australian representative at the Pan Pacs (1983)
- Being Assistant Coach to Laurie Lawrence when Duncan Armstrong won the gold medal for the 200m freestyle at the Seoul Olympics (1988)
- Being a Malaysian Swim Team coach at the Seoul Olympics (1988)
- Coaching Glen Housman to a World Record in the 1500m (1990), and a silver Olympic medal at Barcelona (1992)
- Being the Head Coach of the Australian Para Olympic team, Atlanta (1996)
- Setting up his own swim school in Toowoomba and managing The Glennie Aquatic Centre for many young swimming enthusiasts (1994-2006)
Olympic and world champion swim coach Laurie Lawrence, who was a life-long friend of Findlay, said: "I coached Ian as a young athlete, and I know of no one who trained harder than he did. Once he finished his competitive career, I asked Ian to become my assistant coach. We've been friends for 28 years.
"He is a true champion. Ian has tremendous courage and has overcome many obstacles – physical and mental – throughout his distinguished career.”
Arrangements have been made to farewell Ian this Friday (7th February) at 1.30pm held at the Robina Anglican Church, 186 Robina Town Centre Drive. Robina.
Findlay was aged 55.
He is survived by his loving wife Nic, their teenage son Max and his two children from his previous marriage, Dylan and Sophie.