Swim­mers share Olympic moves

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place - Kristie Lim

TWO Olympic syn­chro­nised swim­mers are shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences from Rio with Churchlands Se­nior High School stu­dents in a five-week pro­gram this term.

Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent Amie Thomp­son and Danielle Ket­tlewell were in­vited to teach 12-year-old stu­dents the skills and back­ground as­so­ci­ated with the sport.

The West Coast Splash duo was a part of the Aus­tralian women’s team which fin­ished eighth over­all in both free and tech­ni­cal rou­tines at the Olympic Games.

Thomp­son (20) said she the lessons kept the “Olympic spirit alive”.

“It is lovely that the hype has not re­ally gone down as we still have op­por­tu­ni­ties to wear our uni­forms at these classes,” she said. “From Rio to here is a big change – at least the pool is clean here. I think the big­gest thing is to have fun and show ev­ery­one the beauty of the sport be­cause no one re­ally knows ‘syn­chro’.”

Ket­tlewell (23) said she was ex­cited to come back to Perth from Rio. “We are happy to come back and you can re­ally tell that the com­mu­nity and schools like Churchlands are re­ally proud,” she said.

“Be­ing in schools like this, like Amie said, is a re­ally great op­por­tu­nity for us to show the sport to a wealth of dif­fer­ent kids, boys and girls.

“I think it is im­por­tant to have pro­grams like this in schools be­cause we are able to teach them dif­fer­ent skills that they might not al­ways learn.”

Both Olympians said they hoped to con­tinue coach­ing af­ter they wrap up their com­pet­i­tive ca­reers.

“I am al­ready coach­ing. I have been coach­ing at a club called Su­per­nova down at Melville for the past year.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d459460

Amie Thomp­son and Danielle Ket­tlewell train­ing Churchlands stu­dents.

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