Australia’s golden girl and dual Olympic gold medallist Ariarne Titmus will return to her grassroots in Launceston to host the Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence (JX) clinic on September 14.
The state’s residents are incredibly excited to welcome Titmus home as she returns for the first time since etching her name in the history books.
Capturing the hearts of the nation with her exceptional performances in Tokyo, the humble girl from Tassie achieved what no other Tasmanian has done before, winning two Olympic gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle.
Ariarne will be hosting the Tassie clinic at the Launceston Aquatic Centre alongside fellow Tasmanian, Australian Dolphin para swimmer Jake Templeton and high-performance coach, Amanda Punch.
The clinic is aimed to reward, recognise and encourage junior swimmers as they strive to reach their full potential in the pool.
Swimming Tasmania general manager Jamie McIntyre said it was a wonderful prospect for Tassie’s up and coming swimmers to obtain the rare opportunity to learn from their golden girl.
“Swimming Tasmania is excited to have Ariarne return to the State and run a JX clinic for our younger swimmers,” he said.
“This is a great opportunity for our athletes to learn from and be inspired by a champion and to see what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”
“We are thrilled Ariarne has made the time to return home and give back to grassroots swimming in the community during her brief trip to Tasmania and we cannot wait to host her.”
The clinic marks 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.
* The Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence Program was established in 2007 to recognise, reward and incentivise junior swimmers who are on part of their swimming journey, learning and refining as they develop into senior swimmers.
Each year Swimming Australia releases the JX criteria and standards for the forthcoming season which swimmers, parents and coaches can use as targets throughout the year.