Swim star visits Roma
Australian breaststroker teaches her top tips to young swimmers
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.