The Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence (JX) swimmers have been treated to two incredible opportunities to learn first-hand from an array of Australia’s finest Olympic swimmers.
A crowd of almost 600 JX-ers were given the rare opportunity to learn from Olympians, Emma McKeon OAM, Brendon Smith, Madi Wilson and Matthew Temple on Friday 17 September.
With over 1800 questions asked to the Olympians, the next generation of swimmers engaged in a deep and insightful webinar, learning about what it takes to achieve greatness at the highest level.
Hosted by Swimming Victoria Performance Pathways Manager Gary Barclay and assisted by Swimming NSW’s General Manager Participation and Engagement Vihn Tran, the nation’s next wave of swimmers gained first-hand experience from the panel.
The hour-long webinar (5:30pm - 6:30pm AEST) ran for all swimmers aged 9-13 years old, who have achieved the JX Qualification standards (since 1st October 2020) in either of the bronze, silver and gold pool standards.
All four panellists were members of Swimming Australia’s most successful Games, with McKeon winning four gold and three bronze medals to see her become the country’s most decorated Olympian of all time.
Swimming Australia’s Tassie JX-ers also had the chance to participate with Australia’s golden girl and dual Olympic gold medallist Ariarne Titmus after returning to Launceston to entertain the swimming clinic on September 14.
The Launceston Aquatic Centre saw Titmus play host alongside fellow Tasmanian, Australian Dolphin para swimmer Jake Templeton and high-performance coach, Amanda Punch.
Aimed to reward, recognise and encouraged Australia’s junior swimmers as they strive to reach their full potential in the pool, Titmus expressed her delight in returning home to Launceston to assist with the up-and-coming generation of swimmers.
The clinic marked the beginning of celebratory festivities for the returning Olympian including the presentation of the Keys to the City and the renaming of the Launceston Aquatic Centre where she trained before moving to Queensland in 2015.