Swim star vis­its Roma

Aus­tralian breast­stro­ker teaches her top tips to young swim­mers

The Western Star - - SPORT - Sarah Dionysius sarah.dionysius@west­ern­starnews.com

SWIM­MING: It’s not ev­ery day you get to learn how to swim from one of Aus­tralia’s best breast­stro­kers.

That is ex­actly what some lucky Roma chil­dren were able to ex­pe­ri­ence at a clinic run by Jade Ed­min­stone on Wed­nes­day.

Ed­min­stone is an Aus­tralian breast­stroke swimmer, who is the for­mer world-record holder in the 50m breast­stroke.

She trav­elled out to Roma on re­quest of the town’s pool man­ager Stacey Robert­son, to run a skills clinic.

“I met Stacey a lit­tle while ago at a course that I ran at a coach­ing con­ven­tion and so I’ve come to work with her swim­mers and go through some drills and hope­fully im­prove their swim­ming,” she said.

Ed­min­stone said she hoped to pro­mote the mes­sage of teach­ing your chil­dren to swim.

“In Aus­tralia, no mat­ter where you live, it is im­por­tant to learnt that base level of wa­ter safety,” she said. “If I can teach that in a way that also helps them be­come good swim­mers then that is even bet­ter.

“Aquatic sports isn’t just swim­ming, there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in to live-sav­ing, div­ing and syn­chro­nised swim­ming.

“So the sim­ple skill of swim­ming and swim­ming well can lead to a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties as they get older.”

Ed­min­stone said she would en­cour­age any­one to give swim­ming a go and just keep­ing work­ing at it to im­prove.

“I think the best bit of ad­vice for some­one want­ing to take their swim­ming to the next level is to know that it is a long jour­ney,” she said.

“It’s not go­ing to hap­pen straight away and don’t get dis­heart­ened if it hasn’t hap­pened be­fore you’ve left school.

“You have to be pre­pared for a long jour­ney and stick it out.”


SWIM­MING GREAT: Aus­tralian swimmer Jade Ed­mi­s­tone vis­ited Roma on Wed­nes­day to run a swim­ming clinic at the Denise Spencer Me­mo­rial Pool.

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