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Please support coach Romney | Letters

December 2, 2012 · Updated 4:03 PM

This is in response to the letter entitled “Review aquatic club financials.”

It’s not often we receive input from off our beautiful island. Thank God for that. The citizens who have sent supportive letters for coach Neil Romney are indeed true loving families from Oak Harbor. They include the likes of doctors, professors, airline pilots and all aspects of rank in the United States Navy and all other citizens who appreciate these beautiful living conditions. I submit to the writer of the letter, I have known coach Romney for close to 10 years.

For the record during coach Neil’s tenure, I was a swim club official at both the local and national level. I had many wonderful occurrences of watching him coach his swimmers at all area pools.

If you ever went to a swim meet, fans, parents, swimmers and officials all agreed it’s like watching grass grow until the last lap. Consequently, during much idle time I was privy to personal conversations between swimmers, coaches and officials. This group has the highest admiration from contestants, friends and all levels of officiating for coach Romney. To suggest a cloud of moral turpitude is disgusting. Neil Romney is a special person who has always been akin to teaching a value system in all phases of a swimmer’s career.

I hope that if anyone with information that can support coach Neil’s endeavor contact his attorney Mr. Bob Butler in Bellingham.

Gary Ciminski
Oak Harbor


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