The Australian Dolphins Swim Team has left an everlasting legacy on the community of Nagaoka – the Japanese city that has adopted the team for the first time in what will be a three association leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The team conducted a special Swim Clinic for over 200 junior swimmers with Dolphins coaches and swimmers providing instruction and tips to the adoring youngsters before leaving for the Pan Pacific Championships, beginning in Tokyo on Thursday (August 9).
In a rare and exclusive opportunity, Olympic gold medal coaches Michael Bohl, Craig Jackson and Peter Bishop and Simon Cusack led the way and their super charges Mack Horton, Cate Campbell and Kyle Chalmers led the swimmers along with Jack McLoughlin, Ariarne Titmus, Maddie Groves and Alex Graham who became the king of the kids.
“It’s great to give back to the community and it was a whole lot of fun,” said Graham.
The Nagaoka kids were divided in groups of over 50 covering the full 50 metre pool with the Dolphins providing special in water instruction - showing them how the Olympians do it.
The Australians spent the week training in Nagaoka and were treated to the Fireworks Festival on Thursday and Friday nights. They arrived in Tokyo this afternoon and will have their first official training session tomorrow morning.