While elite athletes prepared for finals and their shot at a national title at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships, junior swimmers jumped in for their chance to shine at the third national Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence clinic.
Ranging in age from 9-13, with caps proudly worn from blue to gold standard, 121 regional Victorians took part in three different sessions at Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC.
The participants were in good hands, with the clinic led by Olympian and Northcote head coach Ashley Delaney, Nunawading Junior Head Coach Sarah Scott, and fresh off her world-record-breaking swim days earlier, Paralympian Monique Murphy.
The young athletes cycled through a skills-based session with Delaney, and there was no doubt the Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist was impressed by the dedication shown from the emerging swimmers.
“It was great to see so many kids eager to take part, the skills and techniques they’re learning now will help them on their swimming journey,” he said.
“The Bio Island Australian JX clinics offer something different to younger swimmers, giving them the unique opportunity to learn and receive one-on-one instruction from experienced athletes and coaches.”
Towelling off for a question and answer session Rio Paralympic silver medallist Murphy, the youngsters gained insight into an elite athletes’ life – taking away many valuable lessons.
The Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence clinics will continue in 2020, giving each JX participant a chance to learn from top Australian coaches and athletes.
See here for the 2019/2020 Bio Island Australian Junior Excellence Qualifying Standards and Criteria.