Swimmers share Olympic moves
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.
Amie Thompson and Danielle Kettlewell training Churchlands students.