Trick­ett treat for club young­sters

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Sy­narah Mur­phy

Five-time Olympic gold medal win­ner Libby Trick­ett stunned swim­ming en­thu­si­asts last Fri­day as she swam with Hed­land Swim­ming Club ju­niors in the Port to Port Chal­lenge.

The Port to Port Chal­lenge is a vir­tual chal­lenge for com­mu­nity mem­bers to swim the dis­tance from Port Hed­land to Fre­man­tle and will be run­ning all sum­mer, with a goal of 35,400 laps to be com­pleted in to­tal.

The Town of Port Hed­land or­gan­ised for Trick­ett to travel to the min­ing town with the hope of in­spir­ing ath­letes and share some of her swim­ming se­crets, Mayor Camilo Blanco said.

“It is a great in­cen­tive to have an Olympian par­tic­i­pat­ing in the town events,” he said.

“There is a lot of hid­den tal­ent in ru­ral towns and many go un­recog­nised, but to have Libby here only en­er­gises kids and gives them a sense of hope that they can achieve their dreams at a higher level.”

The swim­ming club ju­niors chal­lenged Trick­ett with ques­tions, as she told them how much hard work and hours needed to be put in to ac­com­plish their goals.

“I trained al­most every day, do­ing 38 hours per week, and it was a bit like school hours,” Trick­ett said.

“I tried ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing gym­nas­tics, and it was my next favourite sport af­ter swim­ming.”

Trick­ett was a gold medal­list in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, break­ing mul­ti­ple swim­ming world records in her ca­reer, and she is also in­volved with com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy ini­tia­tives such as the Save Our Schoolkids Cam­paign.

The visit con­cluded with the swim­ming club kids putting their tal­ent to test as they hopped in the swim­ming lanes along­side the Olympian as she con­trib­uted her Port to Port laps, swim­ming but­ter­fly, freestyle and back­stroke.

Be­tween them, res­i­dents have ac­com­plished 22,107 laps and have cov­ered a dis­tance of 1105.35km.

Libby Trick­ett with the kids from the Hed­land Swim Club.

Libby Trick­ett pre­pares for her Port to Port laps.

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