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Central West Queensland

Sport & Racing

22 April, 2021

Local wim team gets an "Oncore'

THE Emerald Aquatic Centre won a training session with an Australian swimming champion earlier this month. ONCORE, an initiative of Swimming QLD, is a workshop brought to swimming centres across Queensland, where attendees are taught the importance of fundamental aquatic skills. Local swim team, The Emerald Seals, received a club kit of ONCORE floats, the prize overall valued at $1500. The workshop in Emerald was hosted by former Olympic Gold Medallist Jessica Schipper whom the children were excited to have a meet and greet with. Larissa Watson, parent and volunteer, said the team was taught drills centred around improving body position, body awareness, shoulder stability, core strength, core body alignment, and the feel and hold of the water. Eight clubs won the ONCORE prize pack, most of which were from southeast Queensland. Ms Watson said the Emerald swimmers were an amazing group of kids. “They are all showing improvement on a weekly basis through our club nights,” she said. “Even though the season has finished we still have some dedicated swimmers who are still training through the off-season to maintain fitness ready for next season. “This ONCORE clinic provided something new and very important skills necessary to develop swim techniques.” She said swimming was a big part of the Emerald community with over 160 children actively involved with the sport. “24 of these children were represented at the CQ championships, 12 at the state championships, and one at nationals,” Ms Watson said. “We also have a great number of swimmers who have been recognised by the Swimming Australia Junior Excellence Program. “These are great achievements for a rural and remote swim club, with big credit going to Jodi Sprought and our Swim Club Committee.

By Michael R Williams

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