Ones to watch - Molly Batchelor
Name: Molly Batchelor
Favourite Post-Meet Treat: Chocolate
Swimming Idols: Katie Ledecky
Promising young star Molly Batchelor is clocking up promising results across a broad spectrum of freestyle events this week at the 2017 Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships, as she continues to push forward in her swimming career.
Batchelor went into the meet with the 200m freestyle as her main focus – and she was rewarded with a silver medal for her efforts. But surprising even herself, it has been the 100m and 400m where she has clocked her best times, and won gold and silver medals respectively.
“So far I am really happy with how I have done this week,” she said.
“Six months ago, I don’t think I could have imagined doing times like I have been getting. I was focusing on the 200 but I have gone better in the 100 and 400 this week. I swim anywhere from the 100 to the 800m really. I wasn’t necessarily focused on sprints, but this meet has proved me otherwise.”
Batchelor, who has previously competed for Australia as part of the 2016 Junior Pan Pacs team that competed in Hawaii, said that from next year she will shift her focus from Age to Open Australian Championships.
“I think this will be the last year that I am really focused on Age,” the 16-year-old said.
“I didn’t do Opens this year but I think I will next year and use Age more for fun and race practice. I made a move from Melbourne Vicentre to Nunawading which I thought was a bit risky but I have been there for four months and it is already paying off. I am excited about that and what can come in the next six to 12 months.”
After watching her contemporary Ariarne Titmus step up into opens this year with great success, Batchelor said she is even more driven than ever.
“Ariarne and myself have been swimming against each other ever since we were little,” she said.
“She has come so far and to have made the national team, it gives me motivation to chase her down. It’s a bit of rivalry I guess which is good.”