Madras Aquatic Center Aquatics Manager Eric Bostard is bidding the center farewell. He is leaving his position to help his son, who has a rare genetic mutation called med13L.
"(My) son has a medical condition that means more care, and specialized care," Bostard said. "Central Oregon is just too far away from those services. I would've stayed at the MAC for a long time if it weren't for that."
Bostard was hired as the new aquatic manager on July 15 and was planning several new programs.
"Unfortunately, I wasn't there long enough to really institute new programs," he said. "I was happy to get new lane lines and a set of basketball hoops for the pool."
As well as the aquatics manager, Bostard was also the water polo coach and the Madras Swim Team coach.
"I really enjoyed it," Bostard said. "Wish I could've continued to build the water polo program, with the introduction of SplashBall, and a bringing back a spring, summer polo program. I didn't realize until after I started how much I would enjoy coaching swimming. The MST parents held a going-away party, and the kids wrote me incredibly nice thank you cards."
Bostard was in charge of in-water activities, swim instructors and lifeguards as the aquatics manager.
"(The) MAC could always use more swim instructors and lifeguards, especially older employees," said Bostard. "The schedule of the high school students who work there fluctuates a lot due to sports they may be participating in for that season, but the schedule always had enough lifeguards on duty to provide a safe environment. So if anyone wants to work a fun job, come take the lifeguard course offered at the MAC and join the team."
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