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RIP Jan

They say “A picture says a thousand words “.
This is how Ian and I will remember Jan, giving 110% to the sport that she was so passionate about.

Ian and I were deeply saddened to hear of Jan Cameron’s passing yesterday. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kevin and Scott.

Jan was a true friend to us both and she touched our lives in many ways. Although Jan is primarily remembered as NZ’s Head Coach she also had a huge impact on other members of the NZ Swimming community like Ian and me.

Ian was president of the North Shore Swimming Club in 1991 when Jan arrived in NZ and joined her son Scott up with the club. The club had just lost their head coach and with him went many swimmers. Upon realising what Jan’s coaching background was, Ian convinced her to coach the club’s remaining swimmers and the rest is history. Jan took the North Shore club from a handful of junior swimmers to the top club in New Zealand. She put structures in place within the club which contribute greatly to the club still holding the number one position today. Jan helped coach both of Ian’s sons (John Steel and Lee Burrow) to many NZ records and NZ representative teams.
Jan was a huge influence and an inspiration to me as a female coach in NZ. Eighteen years ago I was offered the position of Head Coach at Mt Albert Grammar Swimming Academy. As a female coach in (what was then) a very male dominated NZ swim coaching scene this was way out of my comfort zone. I turned to Jan Cameron for advice. She was extremely positive and convinced me to take the position. This job changed my life forever and Jan remained as a mentor whenever I needed her. I will be forever grateful for the influence that Jan had on my life.

RIP Jan Cameron ❤️🌹
You were a true friend and you will be sadly missed by swimmers and coaches in the New Zealand, Canadian and Australian Swimming communities.

Kindest regards
Sandra Burrow