Swimming Australia was proud to host its second Bio Island Australian JX clinic in Victoria at Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC last weekend.
Coinciding with the Victorian Long Course Championships and the World Para Swimming World Series, more than 100 young swimmers braved the wintery weather to learn from some of the best in the business.
Retired Dolphin and Bio Island Ambassador, Elka Whalan (nee Graham), was poolside to answer young swimmers’ questions during the Q&A which kicked off the session and had a focus on goal setting and pacing yourself.
“One great quote that my father told me was that comparison is the thief of joy, and you have to be a first rate you, and not a second rate someone else,” Whalan said.
“We often look at the girl or boy next to us and we think they are doing more sessions, they are training faster and have faster times, but they don’t know the dream that is inside of you.”
As an ambassador for Bio Island, this program is close to Whalan’s heart. Offering support, guidance and mentorship from coaches and peers alike is what she finds so inspiring about the Bio Island Australian JX initiative.
“It was wonderful to have the three groups of 35 kids and watch them rotate from the Q&A to the swimming and seeing their hunger and passion – they are going to be a great generation.”
The Q&A was followed by an hour-and-a-half session in the pool where swimmers worked on all four strokes with the assistance of more retired Dolphins in Josh Beaver, Sam Ashby and Kelly Stubbins.
Fittingly following the conclusion of the clinic, the pack of hungry young swimmers and their parents were treated to a sausage sizzle.
For more information about the Bio Island Australian JX program, click here.