Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones has put Shepparton Swimming Club members through their paces during a visit to the city.By Hannah Driscoll
Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones took some of Shepparton Swimming Club’s members through a half-hour class as part of Aquamoves’ open day on Saturday.
Shepparton’s head coach Willy O’Callaghan was on hand to watch the class and said it was a great experience for the local youngsters to have such a high calibre athlete there to have a look at what they were doing.
She said Aquamoves invited the club, which also had an information booth set up for the open day, to have a half-hour session with Jones for about 10 to 11 swimmers.
Jones became the first Australian swimmer, man or woman, to compete at four Olympics.
She won gold in the 4
‘‘She mainly showed the kids a few drills that she used to do when she was a breaststroker, so that was pretty good because we do basically much the same drills,’’ O’Callaghan said.
‘‘That gave the kids a lot of confidence with what we’re doing with them because the drills that she was doing, all the kids knew the drills, so that was really good.’’
Shepparton Swimming Club boys’ captain Nicolas Carroll, 16, said the lesson reinforced what the group was already doing.
The ages of the participants ranged from 11 to 16.
‘‘It was quite good. She was quite knowledgeable in her strokes. It was really good to see the enthusiasm from the younger swimmers that were a part of the group,’’ Carroll said.
‘‘It was also good to see all the drills we were doing are quite similar to the ones we’re doing at the moment with our coaches.
‘‘It opened our eyes to see our coaches know what they’re doing and they’re working at Olympic standard, just like Leisel was.’’
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