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“But in say­ing that, I’m still ad­just­ing, Bish says it can take 12 to 18 months to change your pro­gram and feel com­pletely com­fort­able but I can see from my train­ing it’s go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the short-course ti­tles on the week­end. I have very high ex­pec­ta­tions of my­self but like my coach said, I kind of have to rein them in a bit and re­alise ev­ery­thing is on track.”

While Wil­son was af­ter a fresh start in her push to­wards the Tokyo Olympics by mov­ing to Ade­laide, the added bonus was see­ing more of Chalmers – not that it com­pli­cates things at train­ing. “It’s def­i­nitely made our lives a lot eas­ier,” Wil­son said.

“We’re like friends on pool deck. When he’s rac­ing, I sup­port him and get just as ner­vous as my own races, but all our team­mates say we’re just like friends at train­ing, it’s not weird be­ing around us.”

But they’re still com­pet­i­tive in the wa­ter.

“It’s al­ways me ver­sus Madi in the warm-up, the first 600 or 800 which is in­ter­est­ing,” Chalmers said.

Chalmers is rac­ing in two FINA world cups, start­ing in Ja­pan this week­end then Sin­ga­pore later this month, MADI Wil­son re­mem­bers the first time she ever held an Olympic gold medal – she tried to see her re­flec­tion in it.

She was eight years old and Aus­tralia’s Olympic cham­pi­ons Leisel Jones and Susie O’Neill were vis­it­ing her home­town of Rock­hamp­ton in Queens­land.

“I re­mem­ber hold­ing that gold medal and hop­ing to see my fu­ture in it,” Wil­son said.

“Both Kyle and I were from coun­try towns and when some­one would come visit or hold a clinic, they’re some of my best mem­o­ries, it’s what drove me to be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete.”

That is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Wil­son and Chalmers’ new ven­ture, Strive Swim Clin­ics, which they are rolling out in Ade­laide next month.

The ini­tial clin­ics are aimed at chil­dren aged 10-16 who want to tran­si­tion to the elite level. Chalmers and Wil­son will work with them on tech­nique, core strength work, dry-land train­ing and diet.

“To see those ju­niors look­ing into a gold medal, some of them will be Olympic gold medal­lists as well one day so it’s spe­cial that we’re part of that jour­ney,” Wil­son said.

Chalmers wants to help other kids achieve their goals but is also pas­sion­ate about spread­ing a wa­ter safety mes­sage.

The clin­ics will be at Mar­ion Out­door Pool on De­cem­ber 1-2. De­tails: striveswim­clin­ be­fore com­pet­ing in the In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming League (ISL) in Eu­rope.

“We’re re­ally tar­get­ing the ISL meet at the end of the year in Torino Essen­tially they’re try­ing to do it like the BBL cricket, bring­ing the world’s best swim­mers to­gether, and it will be awe­some to swim with guys who have won Olympic gold medals from other coun­tries.”

Next year’s goal is the world cham­pi­onships which presents a big op­por­tu­nity.

“I’ve never been a world cham­pion be­fore so that’s some­thing I’d love to do,” he said.

MA­TUR­ING: Kyle Chalmers and his girl­friend Madi Wil­son at SA Aquatic cen­tre. Pic­ture: MATT TURNER FAR LEFT: Chalmers at the Aus­tralian Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in 2016, and cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning the 100m freestyle fi­nal at the Rio Olympics.

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