Swim kids train with stars
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.