From Water babies to Nationals!
Whilst most parents start their child’s swimming journey with safety as the top priority, for some children the swimming skills achieved will be just the start of their involvement with a sport that will see them develop a love for competitive swimming and go on to perform at an elite level. Whilst we have too many young athletes who have learnt to swim with us to mention all of their achievements, it is particularly gratifying to see three of our customers reach great heights this year!
All started with us as Water Babies, progressing through all levels of Learn to Swim, into our coaching program and swimming club. Recently these three athletes have all achieved their 1st National Qualifying times for Australian Championships to be swum in 2019.
Lucas Bentley (15 yrs) started lessons at five and a half months old in our water babies program, and has not had a break from swimming since. In October this year Lucas achieved his national qualifying time to compete in the 5km event at the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships at Glenelg, SA in January.
Ryan Slaughter (14yrs) started lessons at 6mths of age, also in our water babies program. In October, Ryan achieved his national qualifying time to compete in the 200m Butterfly at The Australian Age Swimming Championships which will be held in Adelaide, SA in April. Last weekend Ryan also achieved his National qualifying times for both the 100 and 200 metre freestyle events.
Representing the girls is Jordan Amies (14yrs) who started in our Water Babies program at 20 months of age. Jordan has also recently qualified for The Australian Age Swimming Championships in the 200m Individual Medley and the 200m Backstroke.
If your child is thinking beyond safety to sport, why not join our swimming club? The sport of swimming provides our young swimmers with valuable life skills such as goal setting, discipline, friendship and belonging, teamwork, and the most obvious benefit, the ability to potentially save one’s own life, or others if difficulties are encountered in an aquatic environment. Anyone can join a swimming club no matter what fitness or ability level they are currently at, and swim club night is a chance to have fun with friends and practise swimming competitively. Swimming clubs provide the opportunity for individuals to swim recreationally, ie for fun and fitness, and for those who want to swim competitively to achieve their personal best!
If you would like to learn more about our swim club visit www.nepeanaquaticcentreswimclub.com. Congratulations to all of our high achieving athletes representing their local area at Nationals next year, and we look forward to seeing your results!