Swim kids train with stars

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The next gen­er­a­tion of swim­ming stars are all set to make a big splash in the sport af­ter train­ing along­side New Zealand cham­pi­ons at the first Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad on April 28.

Tal­ented 10-year-old swim­mer Amelia Walden was one of 30 chil­dren who qual­i­fied for the camp by plac­ing the fastest time in their age group at national swim­ming events in late 2012 and 2013.

Olympic swim­mers Lau­ren Boyle and Danyon Loader and for­mer swim­ming and triathlon cham­pion Rick Wells put Amelia and the other young swim­mers through their paces with a se­ries of train­ing and mo­ti­va­tional ses­sions to hone their skills.

The Mt Roskill young­ster says it was amaz­ing train­ing with the cham­pion ath­letes.

‘‘It felt like I was stand­ing next to the coolest peo­ple in the world,’’ she says.

Amelia started swim­ming at 6 months old and has spent most of her free time in the wa­ter since – when she isn’t in the pool she is sail­ing or kayak­ing.

With a num­ber of Auck­land Swim­ming League com­pe­ti­tion ti­tles al­ready un­der her belt, Amelia hopes to com­pete at the Olympics one day.

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