Jade has again been invited to an intensive training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra next week, where she will have a demanding schedule of two-hour training sessions twice a day, gym work and massage, and attend presentations on nutrition, recovery and psychology.
Jade will be the right age for the Rio Paralympics in 2016 but selection will depend on her times and she will be under the extra pressure of Year 12 that year. As her Paralympic dream comes closer to becoming a reality she knows her preparation will continue to step up.
"Lots of training and probably watching what I eat, physio work and competitions."
With five training sessions a week, some starting at 5am, Jade said that the feeling she got after every training was what kept her motivated and on track to her Olympic goal.
As published in the Port Lincoln Times - Journalist Billie Harrison (11th September 2014)
West Coast Swimmers enjoyed their final point score event for the current 2013 / 14 swimming season on Friday 26th of September. Points will now be tallied as a result of personal best improvements over the season in preparation for the End of Season Trophy Presentation Day at Boston Bay Wines on Sunday 26th of October. It was rewarding for many swimmers to record notable improvements across many of their events. Fastest 100m freestyle on the night went to Kieren Stephens (14) from Cummins who recorded a 1.04.57 narrowly edging out Brooke Traeger (15) who finished in a 1.04.91. Kieren also notched up a great result in the 50m butterfly finishing in 33.39 seconds. Many swimmers are now evaluating their performances against Country Championship standards as we head into the summer racing season. It was great to see Larissa Sporer (11) knock 5 seconds off her previous 100m freestyle time and record a 1.26.16 to go well under the Country Standard time. She teamed this with a fantastic 50 butterfly time of 44.67 to sneak this event into her program for January as well.
Congratulations to swimmers of the month Max Rogalski, Stuart Mesecke, Issy Scott and Chris Bawden, Ellie Akehurst and Tasmin Durdin. All of these swimmers have shown fantastic dedication during training and have made clear goals to improve their personal performance. They were presented with Sports Star Certificates courtesy of McDonald’s Port Lincoln.
Chris Bawden's (13) talent in breastroke continues to impress with further improvements to record 38.20 over 50m and 1.27.36 in the 100m. Chris will be aiming to rewrite Country Record books in this stroke over summer with the long course country record standing at 37.34 in the 50m event. With a disciplined approach to perfecting turns during training he could also look to make considerable improvements in his 100m and 200m personal bests.
One to watch coming into Primary School Championships will be Max Rogalski (10). He has quickly got his head around the measurement of personal improvement according to benchmarked times and is edging on a number of Country Qualifying Standards for the 11 and under age group. He has demonstrated the ability to cope well with an increase in training and was thrilled to record a 49.59 for the 50m breastroke (under standard). The addition of 100 and 200m breastroke races to his repertoire will be important over the coming months.
Sibling rivalry within the swim club spurred a number of improvements at point score including an excellent performance in the 200m breastroke by Emma Hamnett (11). She edged out older sister Alleigh to come within 4 seconds of the State Qualification Standard of 3.36.45. Congratulations on an awesome 200m breastroke in 3.40.36. Liana Baldwin (12) has made some great improvements in her freestyle finishing 6th fastest female at point score in a 1.29.47 in the 100m event. She also clocked a personal best in the 50m event (38.55) and celebrated with twin Isabella Baldwin (12) who finished in a very low 37 (37.31).
Harrison Adams (12) has developed an excellent 200m Individual Medley which sees swimmers complete 50m of each stroke in the order butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle. Heading off to State Championships next week with 7 swims, Harrison completed his 200IM in 3.05.65.
Young Bryce Hammond (7) has come ahead leaps and bounds and is in the process of building 100 and 200m race experience. t was incredible to see him complete his first 200m Individual Medley successfully finishing 50m in all four strokes. His 'gutsy' can do attitude is inspiring and this paired with his natural athleticism will see rewarding improvements in his personal best times. His 50m backstroke is now under the 50 second mark (49.07) and his 100m backstroke saw him finish well under the 2 minute mark (1.55.60). Incredibly Bryce was within .10 of a second of recording his first 11 and under country qualifying standard in the 100m backstroke - an amazing achievement for a 7 year old swimmer.
West Coast Swimmers will head to the State Short Course Championships during the second week of the school holidays. This is an age group and open event and will provide an opportunity to race under the pressure of championship level swimming. Warm up at these meets can be challenging with upwards of 200 competitors vying for lane space. Many of those swimmers going will have the 2015 Pacific School Games on their radar and will be preparing their individual race programs to facilitate personal best performance over the summer long course program with view towards possible selection into a South Australian team.
The club would like to sincerely thank all of those parents and supporters who quickly nominated for timekeeping, marshalling and starting duties. The club prides itself on an athlete centred approach, driven by the judgement and experience of the coaching team and supported by a strong focus on parent volunteering. Swimming provides opportunities for young people to develop positive self-perception, be personally rewarded for hard work and perseverance and value the importance of supporting your team mates.
West Coast Swimmers enjoyed a night of racing at the Port Lincoln Pool on Friday 29th of August. The club facilitates monthly point score events which simulate race marshalling protocols and offer swimmers the opportunity to update their personal best times or trial new race distances and events. This is the second to last point score for the current 2013/14 swimming season which closes on the 30th of September. The club then immediately rolls over to the following 2014/15 season with the State Short Course Championships being attended by 7 swimmers during the October school holidays. It was pleasing to see many of the junior squad swimmers taking advantage of point score to begin preparations for the Lower Eyre Peninsula Primary Schools Swimming Championship on the 31st of October. Swimmers in years 3 - 7 are invited to participate in the carnival with representative teams nominated by the team coordinator at each school.
10 year old Sophie Traeger had an excellent swim in her 100m freestyle to record a personal best time of 1.32.50 with team mate Tasmin Durdin (9 years) showing enormous potential finishing in 1.35.93. Both girls will be working hard to sneak under the Country Qualifying standard of 1.31.50 for the 11U age group. Biggest improvers amongst the girls were Kylie Hurrell (10) who shaved more than 17 seconds off from her previous personal best (1.42.22) and Jessica Mesecke who recorded a 14 second PB (1.59.11).
Fastest 100 freestyle on the night went to Brooke Traeger in a 1.04.47 with Kieran Stephens a close second in a great time of 1.06.88. Immediately behind Kieran was Max Lambert who finished in 1.07.15. Both of the boys have made plenty of ground on this swim since the last time trial, recording 5 and 6 second personal bests.
Star backstrokers for night were Dylan Evans (10 years) 48.62, who is now within a second of the Country Qualification standard of 47.30, Bryce Hammond (7 years) who knocked off over 4 seconds to record a 52.07 and Jamie Ford (11 years) who finished in 1.29.03 and will contest this event in October at the 2014 Short Course State Championships.
Dana Hurrell continues to set the pool on fire with her impressive command of breastroke. Her 100m time of 1.35.01 is well under the State Qualifying standard for 12 year old girls (1.40.00). Equally impressive was her incredible 20 second improvement on her 200 breastroke (3.24.28) which has her well under the 3.32.00 cut off for State Championships. Her dedication and attention at training is definitely paying big dividends and with race experience over the coming summer months will be a serious contender in age group events.
Equally impressive on the breastroke front is Chris Bawden who has come ahead leaps and bounds in his proficiency over the winter season. Clocking a 21 second personal best in the 200 breastroke, Chris’s 200m time of 3.12.13 is 10 seconds under the 13 year old State Qualification standard and partnered with his 7 second PB in the 100 breastroke of 1.30.50 makes for a very exciting start to an action packed summer of racing.
Joseph Perin (10 years) looked impressive on the 25 fly and it was fantastic to see Seb Henderson back in the water racing. It is important that swimmers take advantage of point score opportunities to build race confidence in events that they would like to add to their summer programs. Madeline McShane (1.36.93) and Isabella Scott (1.49.72) both recorded great improvements in their 100 butterfly with both girls achieving the standard necessary to add this to their Country Championships card in January.
The West Coast Swimming club are looking forward to an exciting future with the recent Port Lincoln City Council decision to acquire the Port Lincoln Pool from the Sarin Group. With an allocated spend of $6 million on redevelopments for the centre, the club is hoping to see an increase in the area available for spectator seating combined with more efficient heating and refurbishment of the change room facilities.
Sonia Ford is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!