With the aim of inspiring and teaching the next generation of athletes, Australian Dolphin and Olympic gold medallist, Emily Seebohm, left a lasting impression on nearly 100 enthusiastic young swimmers in Darwin.
Making the trip from Queensland to the Northern Territory, Seebohm took the under 14s through their paces during a Bio Island Australian JX clinic at the Parap Pool in April.
The backstroke specialist and seven-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist was eager to impart her knowledge on to the swimmers and help them improve their skills and technique.
“I’m so excited to be here and it’s a beautiful day – it’s nice and warm so it’s going to be a fantastic day to see all these beautiful swimmers,” Seebohm said at the pool.
“As I was walking in, I was scoping everyone out and it looks like there is some real talent here so I’m so excited to get in the water and have a look at everyone’s backstroke.
“Hopefully I can inspire the next generation to aim high and to aim for that Olympics because really anyone can do it, all it takes is hard work, some dedication and of course a lot of fun.”
After the clinic, Seebohm signed every participants’ swimming cap and chatted to the kids and their parents – some who had travelled three hours from Katherine to attend the clinic.
Lee-Ann Reader from Swimming NT thanked Bio Island for the opportunity to host the clinic and have Seebohm – who is such a wonderful ambassador for the sport – take part.
“We do want to thank Bio Island, without them we wouldn’t be able to have this fantastic opportunity and of course Swimming Australia – it’s just a really fantastic and exciting experience that the kids will have at this clinic,” Reader said.
For more information on the Bio Island Australian JX program, click here.