The Bond

17 May 2019

There’s nothing more genuine than the relationship between a coach and their athlete – it’s pure, honest and dynamic.

Ahead of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials – leading into July’s World Swimming Championships – Swimming Australia has created a new video series which captures this special connection.

The first edition is titled, “The Bond”, and features Queensland duo Richard Scarce and Dolphin, Elijah Winnington.

The 19-year-old has been training under Scarce for the past decade and in that time Winnington has achieved a high level of success – including a junior world record and a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

“The thing that makes our partnership work so well is that I’m one of the only people who can understand his gibberish, it’s like we speak our own language,” Winnington laughed.

“He knows exactly what I need to get the best of myself.”

The respect goes both ways, with Scarce saying the young “colt” constantly makes him proud.

“He steps up and genuinely makes me prouder every time he gets in the water – he’s not afraid to push the boundaries,” Scarce said.

Their proudest moment as a partnership was breaking the FINA Junior World Record in the 200m freestyle - a goal the pair had their eyes on. But they don't plan on stopping there.

The journey ahead is an exciting one, with the Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials in June in Brisbane and the Tokyo Olympics just one year away.

The stage is set for this for this duo to take on the world.

Richard Scarce and Elijah Winnington

Keep an eye out for the next episode in the series which features Commonwealth Record holder, SOPAC’s Matthew Wilson, and his coach Adam Kable.

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