Olympic fever is just around the corner and with her infectious smile, steely resilence and fierce competitiveness, West Coast swimmer Jade Calverley has commenced a formidable journey, not for the faint hearted.
Jade, who swims in the S6 classification, has been selected in a group of 10 improving multi-class athletes with potential to represent Australia at the 2016 Paralympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - the party capital of South America.
Port Lincoln's Kieran Modra is the best known Paralympian this region has produced, with the champion cyclist having represented Australia at an amazing 7 Paralympic games over a stella career. Jade now has the opportunity to commence her journey to the Olympics along the 'Road to Rio' by having being invited to attend an all expenses paid camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from Sunday 23rd September to Saturday 29th September for further assessment. The camp will involve swimming training under a group of selected coaches, strength training, recovery work, and testing using the AIS’s specialized staff and facilities.
This incredible opportunity also gives Jade the chance to rub shoulders with other budding Multi-Class athletes, who are presently part of the Paralympic Development Squad. Jade is a member of the West Coast's Gold Squad - with her times nudging on already achieving at a national standard. She will lift her training to 5 pool sessions per week in the lead up to the camp.
The West Coast Swimming Club is very proud of Jade and would like to take a moment to thank the Leisure Centre Swim School - particularly Robyn May for her early support. The West Coast coaching team have undertaken specialised training in working with multi-class athletes and are keen to develop and work with swimmers that would be interested in taking up swimming for health and fitness reason or to compete.
Sonia Ford is our publicity officer and would love to hear of noteworthy news items from our swimming community!