Can­nons make squad

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SWIM­MING: Two Can­non­vale Can­nons swim­mers have been se­lected for North Queens­land Level 3 Squad.

Chloe Robert­son and Eden Hedges were among the top 40 swim­mers in North Queens­land who were in­vited to a spe­cial coach­ing clinic held in Mackay on Satur­day.

Swim­mers se­lected had achieved na­tional qual­i­fy­ing times or fi­nals at state cham­pi­onships.

Chloe and Eden’s coaches, Ken Crit­ten­den, Mark Erick­son and Kara Her­lihy at­tended the work­shops and all were very in­spired by the coach­ing ses­sions.

Top Aus­tralian coaches based in Queens­land fa­cil­i­tated the clinic.

Jay­den Hadler was an Olympic swim­mer who is now coach­ing in Redcliffe.

And Rae­lene Ryan is now the head coach of Mi­ami, tak­ing over from De­nis Cot­terell.

She is a gold level li­cenced coach and spe­cial­ist in age group train­ing and tech­niques to pre­pare swim­mers for open age group suc­cess.

Ryan has also acted as man­ager on nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional teams, in­clud­ing the PANPAC team World Youth Games and the World Cup (Sin­ga­pore).

Ryan was also ap­pointed as a coach to the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games Team (Pune, In­dia) and coach of the Aus­tralia Trans Tas­man Open Wa­ter Team 2012.

Chloe and Eden par­tic­i­pated in a freestyle and back­stroke ses­sion run by Ryan and an un­der­wa­ter and but­ter­fly ses­sion run by Jay­den.

Ryan spoke to swim­mers about the tran­si­tion from age group to open age group swim­ming and ex­pec­ta­tions of her squad swim­mers.

Jay­den spoke to swim­mers about his jour­ney to Olympic swim­ming and how he bal­anced swim train­ing, com­pet­ing, re­la­tion­ships, study and work.

All the swim­mers and coaches agreed they learned a lot from the guest coaches.

Chloe and Eden are look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing next week­end at the NQ Short Course car­ni­val in Can­non­vale.


COACH CLINIC: Chloe Robert­son and Eden Hedges (front) have been se­lected for the North Queens­land Level 3 Squad Coach­ing Clinic. They are pic­tured with (back) Mark Erick­son, Rae­lene Ryan and Jay­den Hadler.

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