Why Not Me? Star-studded swim clinics inspire the next generation

22 March 2019

Why not me? Why can’t I go on to be a successful swimmer? Why can’t I represent Australia?

It’s this central ideology that inspired dual Olympian and Australian Dolphin Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Southside Aquatic Head Coach Lachlan Staples, to start their Why Not Me Swim Clinics.

Working to inspire the next generation of swimmers, this program instils belief in junior swimmers that they have what it takes to achieve the goals they set.

Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Lachlan Staples

“Lachlan and I really want to inspire the next generation of age group swimmers coming through, from eight to 16-year-olds at all levels, to state qualifiers all the way up to nationals,” said Fraser-Holmes.

The Why Not Me team have taken a different approach to their swim clinics, hosting stroke-specific sessions led by an all-star cast enabling participants to work one-on-one with some of the biggest names in swimming.

“Just being exposed and rubbing shoulders with someone like an Emily Seebohm, Adam Peaty or a Cam McEvoy, that’s one of the biggest things people take away – getting to learn and gain experience directly from these Olympic gold medallists and World Champion swimmers and we are very fortunate we can provide that.’

Having already held clinics led by James Magnussen, Adam Peaty, Cam McEvoy, Emily Seebohm and himself, Fraser-Holmes has witnessed first-hand the impact the clinics are having in the swimming community.

“I’ve realised that we have some pretty amazing talent in Australia,” he said.

“We’ve been to Port Mcquarrie, Newcastle, the Gold Coast, and people in Australia just love swimming. That’s something that as an elite athlete going from day to day you don’t really see, but doing these clinics and getting back to that grass-root level makes you appreciate that you were once these kids looking for inspiration that you could do it, you could go on and swim competitively.”

With the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships held next month,, followed straight after by the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships, the work undertaken with junior swimmers by the ‘Why Not Me’ team Will be on display.

“We want to play our part in someone’s swimming career, so our goal would be to see someone who came to one of our clinics go on and win a medal or pb,” Fraser-Holmes said.

Knowing that we had some sort of contribution to them, whether it be a little tip, a drill or skill they picked up, or even just motivation, that would be amazing.”

With plans to expand, Fraser-Holmes, Staples and the Why Not Me team will continue working on bringing their unique clinics to all regions of Australia, providing opportunities for young swimmers to learn from some of the best.

Coming up next will be eight-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emma McKeon, who will host the first butterfly clinic on Saturday 27 April on the Gold Coast. The following day, world record holder Mitch Larkin will take swimmers through all things backstroke at his old swimming pool in Brisbane.

For more info on the Why Not Me Swim Clinics check out their Facebook or Instagram. To book in for one of their clinics head to their website.

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