Off the back of a stunning 2021, Australian Dolphin and breaststroker Chelsea Hodges visited the Northern Territory in late October to host a Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence Clinic as well as an Empowering Young Women Gala.
Hodges, a young rookie on debut this year, had a stunning start to her career, blitzing her leg in the gold medal winning Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay alongside Kaylee McKeown, Emma McKeon OAM and Cate Campbell OAM on the final day of the swimming program. Her personal best time of 1:05.57 attributed to the wonderful performance by our Australian Dolphins and won them the gold medal in an incredibly close race.
Hodges hosted the Bio Island Australian JX clinic and the Empowering Young Women Gala at Parap Pool with Swimming NT’s Thomas Noblett and Lee-Ann Reader.
Thomas Noblett from Swimming NT said the young swimmers enjoyed having Hodges put them through their paces.
“Swimming NT was excited to have Chelsea Hodges run a JX clinic for our younger swimmers,” he said.
“This was a great opportunity for our athletes to learn from and be inspired by an Olympic champion and to see what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”
On the same day, Hodges shared her experiences at Swimming’s NT’s Empowering Young Women Gala, which focussed on young Indigenous women who are involved in local sport. She shared her Olympic experience and how she balances work, study, and training.
Lee-Ann Reader from Swimming NT echoed Noblett’s sentiments.
“We were thrilled Chelsea visited NT and inspired our young women in sport in the Northern Territory, we really enjoyed hosting her,” Reader said.