Young swim­mers dive with the best

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AS­PIR­ING swim­mers from the Isaac and Cen­tral High­lands re­gion made a big splash with an Aus­tralian swim cham­pion.

Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list Alex Gra­ham joined lead­ing coaches to share their ex­pe­ri­ences, ad­vice and tech­niques with par­tic­i­pants at the an­nual two-day swim camp.

Hosted by the Mo­ran­bah High­landers Swim­ming Club at the Greg Cruick­shank Aquatic Cen­tre, the event at­tracted more than 40 young swim­mers across the re­gion.

Gra­ham, who won a gold medal at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in the 4x200m men’s freestyle re­lay, said he hoped to im­part some wis­dom to the re­gion’s fu­ture swim stars.

“A big part of be­ing an elite ath­lete is to be able to put in some time with the young kids be­cause the young kids are the fu­ture of the sport,” he said.

“I had the same jour­ney as these kids. I grew up as a young swim­mer look­ing up to these other older guys, so for me to be able to come back makes me feel spe­cial, as well to be able to give back.

“It re­ally does fuel the fire for a young kid and I love to be able to give back to the com­mu­nity and hope­fully in­spire these kids to want to get to the high­est level and rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Com­mon­wealth and Olympic Games.”

Mo­ran­bah High­landers Swim­ming Club vice pres­i­dent Kelly Vea Vea said the camp was an op­por­tu­nity for swim­mers to gain ex­po­sure to high-level coach­ing.

“This swim camp has been re­ally im­por­tant for our club, bring­ing these high-level coaches out and mak­ing sure our kids can ac­cess an elite level of coach­ing that usu­ally we would have to travel to Bris­bane for,” she said.

“It has been fan­tas­tic to have the sup­port from so many busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to make sure we can make this camp af­ford­able for re­gional fam­i­lies.”

PHOTO: TRYSETT LE GARDE

DIV­ING IN: Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list Alex Gra­ham shared his swim­ming knowl­edge with young ath­letes in­clud­ing Black­wa­ter’s Adam Ryan.

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