Our swimmers, from the very young to the not-so-young are the essence of State Swim.
This is where we celebrate their achievements.
For some it may be a long-awaited promotion to the next class, completing a Superswim, achieving a personal best time, attempting the State Swim Challenge or competing in State, National or International swim meets.
For others it may be overcoming a life long fear of water, starting a fitness regime or even gaining pain relief through swimming or aquatic exercise programs.
The common thread that binds them all is a positive atmosphere which promotes support and friendship and encourages each swimmer to be the best that they can be.....
Here are their stories....
Norwood swimmer Emma Siddle has stolen the spotlight yet again!!!
Emma was selected in the Swimming SA 2012-2013 'Age Group Talent Development Squad' - the only 11 year old female selected for the squad.
At the recent State Long Course Course Championships (Jan 22nd - 25th 2013) Emma competed in the 11 & under female division. What a special meet!!! Emma came home with an impressive 9 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medals....added to that, she broke and re-broke her own 100m Backstroke state record twice at this meet. A truly stunning effort!!!
The absolute hightlight for Emma was being presented with the 'Female Swimmer of the Meet' award at the end of the Championships. A fitting accolade for her success!!!
Emma is looking forward to representing SA in the National Christian Schools Games to be held in May and hoping to be selected for the School Sport Swimming Championships in September.
Emma's next goal is to achieve National Qualifying time - she is closing in on this with a few of these times, her 100m Backstroke only .6 off qualifying.
Watch this space - we look forward to following Emma in her endeavours and applaud her spectacular achievements!!!!
Unley's Lucy Gadd achieved some fantastic results in the recent 11yrs and under JX Series held at the Marion Aquatic Centre. The Junior Excellence Program, run by Swimming Australia recognises, rewards and encourages young swimmers.
Congratulations Lucy, what a brilliant effort!!!!
8yrs and Under 9yrs and Under
1st 50m Brst 6th 200IM
3rd 50m Backstroke 2nd 200 Brst
4th 50m Freestyle
Emma Henkel (Golden Grove Swim School) is 4 3/4 - pint-sized, but a genuine pocket rocket!!! On Sunday 18th September 2011 Emma completed the 6km City to Bay, running all the way. She then backed that up with her swimming lesson on Monday morning. A true athlete!!!!
Dedicated Norwood swimmer Emma Schenk's hard work has paid off!!! In the State Age Short Course Championships held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre last month, she scooped the pool with a tally of 5 gold medals!!!
It's obvious that breaststroke is Emma's preferred stroke, winning the 50m, 100m and 200m events. She also won the 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley as well as earning a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle. Being very competitive, Emma was delighted to have medalled in every event in which she competed - a fantastic achievement!!!
Emma, now 12, began swimming at the age of 4 and has enjoyed it so much that she has continued on and is now training six days a week to achieve her goals - certainly a big work load fo her and her parents!!! Her eyes are now firmly fixed on the Nationals and, looking towards the future, Commonwealth Games and eventually the Olympics!!!
Well done Emma...we look forward to following you on your swimming journey.....
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2011
Adding to the excitement Emma has recently been presented with the Youth Sports Award in the individual female category for her outstanding achievements. She is now eligible for the overall individual award which will be announced in November.
We'll keep you posted!!!!.....
Emma Siddle, aged 10, trains at State Swim Norwood in the Cowdrey Squad and is also a member of the Norwood Swimming Club. Emma began swimming at the age of 4yrs at State Swim Clovercrest and swam there regularly until she joined Norwood.
She swam at her 1st SAPSASA district swimming day in March and won all three of her allowed swims in her age group.She went on to swim at her 1st SAPSASA State Day for the Tea Tree Gully District. She won 4 gold medals as this meet in the 10 Year old girl section, coming first overall in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke & 50m Butterfly. Her relay team also won gold in the 10yr old girls 4 x 50m Freestyle relay.
Emma has now been selected to swim in 9 individual events and 2 relay events in the Girls 10 Year old section at the School Sport Swimming Championships to be held in Melbourne from the 30th July to the 5th August 2011.
Emma recently became a finalist in the ‘Primary Achiever' section in the Messenger Youth Sports Awards and will attend another presentation evening to be held in November to see if she will be selected as an overall winner in the Primary Achiever section.
Emma really enjoys swimming at State Swim Norwood, looks forward to her training sessions and has made some life-long friendships through her swimming.
UPDATE August 2011...
What a great meet Emma had!!! She won silver medals in the 200IM & 100 Fly as well as achieving several PB's. On top of that, she was the only primary school aged girl from SA to win individual medals!!!
As icing on the cake, Emma recently competed in the Short Course State Championships and won gold medals in both the 100m & 200m Fly events for the 11yr and under age group and achieved a State Open Qualifying time for the 100 Fly.
What a brilliant achievement for a very determined 10yr old!!!! We're right behind you Emma!!!!