A huge congratulations to Claire Humphreys on her success at the GWM Ironman 70.3, in Melbourne. Claire trained very hard for this event, keeping her focus on it even when it was postponed, due to COVID in 2021. I watched her progress her swim training in and out of lockdown. She was incredibly dedicated. Do take a look at her insightful interview with Ellie Kallmier, our Social Media and Marketing Manager, in this newsletter.
It’s been great to see so many of our swimmers make an effort, even in the wet, to keep their training up. Having said this, we have been impacted, not so much by the wet weather, but rather by the public and school holidays, as well as the increased numbers of people contracting COVID. This has meant attendance at squad training has been slightly down the past few weeks. If you have been sick with COVID, please take a look at the article further down in the newsletter on how to manage your return to training.
The prolonged wet weather has not only caused enormous damage across the state and dampened people’s spirits, it’s all resulted in the cancellation of many ocean swimming events. I don’t recall a period this long of unsafe swimming conditions, due to poor water quality. Apparently only one of the eighteen events scheduled has actually run. Fingers crossed the upcoming ocean swim at South Maroubra this Sunday will be on. Also, running this long weekend is an open water swim by 4SEASons Swim. Check out the details in the newsletter.
We’re calling for Expressions of Interest for an Autumn/Winter Masterclass series. If you/re keen to nail your Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke, or work on your Freestyle, let us know via the mechanism in the newsletter.
Finally, there have been some glorious sunrises recently in amongst the rain. I find it really makes it worthwhile getting up early and heading to the pool. It’s one of life’s little joys; a little magic so early in the day.
I look forward to seeing you at the pool.
As always yours in swimming,
Photo: Victoria Park Pool – Squad Training post Easter. PC: Kari Baynes.