CLINIC GIVES BACK
SWIMMING: Despite the scarcity of water in southwest Queensland, there’s plenty of opportunities for rural swimmers to progress in the sport, according to Head Coach and National Age Coach of Nudgee College Michaela Pattinson.
The innaugural St Joseph’s Nudgee College free swim clinic was held on the weekend in Roma for swimmers from as far as St George and Dalby.
“We do a trip to Goondi every year and the kids absolutely love it, they just soak it all up,” Pattinson said.
“We saw a need of putting back into the community. We thought here’s an opportunity to visit some families and spread a little bit of goodwill.”
Alongside Pattinson was Nudgee Swimming Director David Proud, the two divulged their wealth of knowledge alongside three Nudgee swimmers who made it to a national level.
“Lachie (a Nudgee College national swimmer) was from a country town.
“He knew that because he loved the sport, he had to move because he wasn’t getting the coaching he needed,” Pattinson said. “He went from not making age to a national swimmer.
“He’s done a lot in two years so there are big opportunities out there if kids from rural towns want to progress.” For Roma All Stars coach Stacey Robertson, the clinic led by coaches who have taught Australian team representatives and national age champions was just as valuable to her as it was to the kids. “Just by watching the way David’s doing things and how he is working with my swimmers, it’s giving me more ideas on how I can teach them,” Robertson said. “I’m taking just as much from the clinic as the kids are. “One of our male swim teachers, Ben Bright, went to Nudgee and he still holds records there so it’s pretty cool to have that connection. “It’s great that they brought some of their students to teach the kids, and that they’re putting in their own time to help us.”
MAKING A SPLASH: St Joseph's Nudgee College came to Roma this weekend for swimming clinic, with kids from all over the southwest attending.