Local club swimmers from the Tobruk Memorial Pool have been treated to a swim clinic run by two of Australia's top coaches. Australian Dolphin coaches, Chris Mooney and Dean Boxall conducted a specialist swim session for promising young swimmers aged 10 to 14.
"We love coming to Cairns for our elite training camp each year, and to be able to give back to the local community and inspire the next generation of swimmers is what it's all about," said Mooney.
The session started with a dry-land workout to activate the core, then a 90-minutes in the pool with a drills and skills focus. Dean Boxall shared his training non-negotiables - "There's no breathing between the flags and the wall whether you're Ariarne Titmus or a young club swimmer."
The Australian Dolphins Swim Team is currently in Cairns for a two-week preparation camp as part of the World Championship campaign. It is the second year the team has used Cairns as a training base leading into the major international competition and will be repeated next year ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Australian Dolphins Head Coach, Jacco Verhaeren said "The Cairns Regional Council has been a terrific support to the Australian Dolphins Swim Team. Likewise, the state-of-the-art facility in the Tobruk Memorial Pool has ticked every box for us, so it is wonderful to be able to give back to the community with this event."
Local Club coach, Carl Jenken was delighted at being approached by Swimming Australia to host the swim clinic and saw it as a fantastic opportunity. "For our young aspiring swimmers to gain expert tuition from the top coaches and have the best swimmers in the world training in their pool is a dream for many of them," said Jenken.
Jenken has seen the Tobruk Swimming Club grow from just six members last year to now 44-strong.
The local community also have the chance to attend an open training session at the Tobruk Memorial Pool on Friday 5 July from 8am to 10am.
The 27-strong Australian Dolphins World Championship Team will all be training including Ariarne Titmus, Cate Campbell, Kyle Chalmers and Mitch Larkin. It is free to come and watch in the stands and is the perfect activity for these school holidays.