SMNE Championships

SMNE Championships 2023 LC

On 4th and 5th of November the Abbotsleigh swim club team went to Sydney Olympic Park to race at SMNE. This is a competition with all the best in the Metro northeast area.

The Abbotsleigh swimming club had a team of 45 swimmers with a total of 180 individual entries and 20 relay teams. It was a meet full of fun moments and with a lot of good energy. The swimmers showed the ability to embrace the meet and focus when needed.

Some of the swimmers were for their very first-time racing in a meet like this and it was great to see their attention to every detail within the competition. These newcomers were also organised and keep themselves onto their routines, making the meet go smoothly and everyone knew when to be ready to Race.

 The team support that was felt throughout the meet was great and once again TEAM Abbotsleigh showed their spirit in staying together and supporting each teammate.

The Abbotsleigh swimming Club had a total of

  1. 19 Top 5
  2. 72 Top 10

A congratulation to all our Medalist:

Alice Liu – 3rd 11yrs 100 BR, 3rd 11yrs 50 BR

Grace Black – 3rd 14yrs 50 BK

Tina Chen – 1st 13yrs 100 BR, 1st 13yrs 200 BR, 1st 13yrs 50 BR

Penelope Waterhouse – 2nd 10yrs 50 FR, 3rd 10yrs 100 BK, 3rd 10yrs 50 B

Louis Csirszka – 2nd 10yrs 50 FR, 1st 10yrs 50 FLY, 2nd 10yrs 100 FR

Cameron Green – 3rd 11yrs 100 FR

Joel Pagano – 2nd 11yrs 100 BR, 2nd 11yrs 50 FR, 3rd 11yrs 50 FLY

Marcus Primdal – 3rd 14yrs 50 BK

Shaun Champion – 1st 15&O 100 FLY, 1st 15&O 100 FR

We would like to give a special mention to all the swimmers that participate on the team relays, it was great to see their amazing team effort into representing our club in the best way they could. Relays are a very important part of swimming; they define the bond between teammates and our club values. – Kaizen, Dare greatly, Unity, Fun.


14&O Girls Medley Relay – 4thGrace Black, Claudia Liu, Jasmin Foster, Audrey Jackson

14&O Girls Free Relay – 5thSyesha Anthony, Piper Marinas, Audrey Jackson, Jasmin

14&O Boys Medley Relay – 8thOliver Liu, Jensen Goodchild, Zac Attard, Marcus Primdal

14&O Boys Free Relay – 4thZac Attard, Shaun Champion, Marcus Primdal, Jensen Goodchild

13&U Girls Medley Relay – 7thAlicia Chung, Tina Chen, April Avery, Tilly Mamo

13&U Girls Free Relay – 7thTina Chen, April Avery, Tilly Mamo, Emily Lin

Go team ABB.

Abbotsleigh club night – New members presentation

On Monday 23rd October, we had our first Abbotsleigh Club Night for Term 4. It was a great opportunity for swimmers to gain some race practice with a number of our young swimmers gaining SMNE qualifying times. We also had the chance to welcome our new members who have joined the club over the last few months. They were presented with their Abbotsleigh caps and we look forward to them being a part of Team Abb!

Thank you to all the parents for timekeeping and helping us run the nights. We wouldn’t be able to run these events without parent support.

2023 NSW LC qualifying meet

On the 14th & 15th of October the Abbotsleigh gold and black squads went to Sydney Olympic park to participate on the 2023 NSW LC qualifying meet. This was a targeted meet for these group as part of their planning and preparation for later December comps.

 The intent was to apply the race skills and efficient race plans that they had been working on at training and be able to execute them under a slightly more competitive environment. The meet was a success with a lot of State times achieved as well as National times. Everyone applied themselves and worked within the best of their abilities.

It is amazing to see these athletes challenging themselves and understanding that planning and preparation is key for success.

Bring on Junior Metros and State championships.

Lane Cove Invitational meet – 2023

On Saturday 7th October, our Abbotsleigh team came together to race at the Lane Cove Invitational LC Meet. This was our first Long Course (LC) meet of the season and was a great chance to bring 30 swimmers from White, Black & Gold squads altogether. Arriving at 7:45am, we could complete our Flow activation and warmup as a team.

Throughout the day, our swimmers did an excellent job adapting to an outdoor 50m pool. Swimmers applied the technique and skills they had been working on into their races. We saw some great underwaters, breakouts, and speed building through to the finish.

It was fantastic to see the unity of our team as our swimmers cheered each other on from pool side. Swimmers took on feedback and thought on areas for future improvement as we move into the Summer season.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents for bringing swimmers to Lane Cove and assisting with timekeeping when required.

What a great start to a promising summer season ahead!



2023 Australian SC Championships

Short course is a wrap. We continued to show our learnings from this season at Australian Short course in Sydney.

Individual qualifiers Zac Attard, Shaun Champion and Audrey Jackson all achieved personal beat swims at the championship.

Audrey Jackson broke through with a 0.25 second best in the 50m freestyle. Audrey improved her ranking by 14 placings at her first Open meet. This great swim gave her a position in the B final. Her first finals experience at state or national level. Audrey qualified at Senior state two weeks prior. She put her reflections into action, made the race plan adjustments and won her heat. She finished 10th in her B final. Congratulations Audrey! It was great to see you soak up your finals experience.

Zac Attard swam the B final in the 200m Freestyle, on the opening night of competition. Zac exhibited his skills in this event. Zac improved from senior state, by 2.2 seconds and swim faster in the final. Congratulations Zac!

Shaun also improved from senior state. Shaun won silver in the 200m Freestyle, starting is week off with a bang, improving his personal best by 1 second. Shaun used technical improvements to help maintain his high standards and accumulated great racing intent.

He placed 4th in the 50m and 100m butterfly, both with season best times.

For the first time we swam 2 mixed relays, both placing in the Top 10.

Medley relay swimmers in relay order…

Shaun Champion, Ryan Hansen, Jasmin Foster, Audrey Jackson.

Freestyle relay swimmers in relay order…

Zac Attard, Shaun Champion, Syesha Anthony, Piper Marinas.

All swimmers produced their best efforts and lifted for each other. It was a great bonding experience. It was great to watch races with our swimmers, to talk about racing, the technical requirements and see their motivation to improve themselves. They could see what they need to do. We look forward to next year, as many more swimmers approach this level of competition. 

Congratulations to all our Short Course competitors. 

Go Team Abb!!!

2023 NSW Junior SC State Championships

Congratulations to our 17 swimmers who raced at Junior State on the weekend! This is the final event of our short course season for our juniors. It was fantastic to see swimmers swim to their race plans and put into practice what had been practiced at training. We worked hard at implementing our dives, turns, and changeovers that we have been practicing and we made sure we finished hard into the walls. Swimmers did a great job warming up and racing together, and cheering on their teammates, demonstrating great unity in Team ABB. Many positives can be taken from the weekend as well as many learnings for future improvement.

Top Ten Finishes:

April Avery – 9th place – 12yrs Girls 50 Breaststroke

Penelope Waterhouse – 8th place – 10yrs Girls 50 Backstroke

Girls 10-11 4×50 Medley Relay – 10th place (2.97 second improvement) – Penelope Waterhouse, Zoe Durbidge, Alicia Chung, Alice Liu

Girls 12 4×50 Medley – 11th place – Isabella Zhao, Gigi Windeyer, April Avery, Abby Philpot

Girls 12 4×50 Freestyle Relay – 11th place – Abby Philpot, Gigi Windeyer, Bailey Butler, Emma Bao

Thank you to our parents for supporting swimmers throughout the meet and assisting with timekeeping when required.

Go Team ABB!!!

Dare Greatly

2023 SC Senior State championships

On 1st to the 3rd of September the Senior Abbotsleigh swim team went to Sydney Olympic Park to race at Senior State championships This is a competition with all the best in the state area.

The Abbotsleigh swimming club had a team of 16 swimmers and 6 relay teams. It was a meet full of fun moments and with a lot of good energy. The swimmers showed the ability to embrace the meet and focus when needed.

The team support that was felt throughout the meet was great and once again TEAM Abbotsleigh showed their spirit in staying together and supporting each teammate.

Our relay teams up their game and we had 4 teams coming in the top ten and mention to our girls 13-15 4×50 Fs relay that with an awesome team PB broke the 2 minute mark and came from 10th into 7th place overall. Also the boys 17& over Fs relay from the last heat end up coming 4th overall

The Abbotsleigh swimming Club had a total of 15 Top 10

Our top 5 swimmers:

Tinglan Chen: 5th 100 Bs & 5th 200 Bs

Audrey Jackson: 5th 50 Fs

Shaun Champion: 2nd 200 IM / 1st 50 Fly / 2nd 100Fs/ 3rd 100 IM/ 1st 100 Fly

Zach Attard: 5th 200 Fs

We would like to give a special mention to all the swimmers that participate on the team relays, it was great to see their amazing team effort into representing our club in the best way they could. Relays are a very important part of swimming; they define the bond between teammates and ourclub values. – Kaizen, Dare greatly, Unity, Fun.

Go team ABB.

Relay teams:
Girls A 13-15 4×50 Fs relay – Syesha Anthony / Audrey Jackson / Grace Black / Piper Marinas
Girls B 13-15 4×50 Fs relay – Claudia Liu/Chanel Kang/Tinglan Chen/ Noor khara

Girls A 13-15 4×50 Medley relay – Chanel kang/ Claudia Liu / Audrey Jackon/ Syesha Anthony
Girls B 13-15 4×50 Medley relay-Grace Black/Tinglan Chen/Piper Marinas/Matilda Mamo

Boys A 16&O 4×50 Fs relay – Shaun Champion/Zachary Attard/Ryan Hanse/Jensen Goodchild
Boys A 16&) 4×50 Medley relay-Zachary Attard/Ryan Hansen/Shaun Champion/Jensen Goodchild

World championships – 2023 – Fukuoka

Congratulations Shaun Champion, Dolphin #843!

Shaun’s outstanding performances at the World Trials granted him selection to World Champs in Japan. Shaun’s events were 50m and 100m butterfly at the Fukuoka World Championships. Shaun would compete on day 1 and day 6 of the campaign. With a five-week preparation from selection, the Australian Dolphin’s team met in Saga, a smaller prefect of Japan.

Saga was a great place to prepare and to become familiar living as a team. We had setbacks of lightning strikes and emergency landslide warnings, which we received in Japanese scribe on our phones at 6am on morning…the warning was for a town nearby. The rain didn’t stop for the first few days which turned out being helpful, allowing us to acclimatise slowly to very hot conditions. Here the routine was eat, sleep, swim and repeat. The team were bonding well, and we were building our energy towards something special.

Shaun and I were able to enjoy a Tea ceremony, and authentic protocol for making tea and enjoying tea, something treasured in Japanese culture. We also learnt how to write Japanese calligraphy by local school children. Shaun used his Japanese heritage, speaking quite well to the high school students…they were most impressed that he knew their native tongue.

We arrived at the Competition venue in Fukuoka, and it was fast paced, especially compared to Saga. Lots of people, big city life and very hot!  Warm up pool was the same too…very hot and space limited.

Our Team ABB value of KAIZEN is a Japanese word meaning continuous improvement. KAIZEN brings out our love of learning and working at making things better. We are full of experiences, both in performance and culturally, and are motivated to move forward.

Daring Greatly is definitely something you do at a World Championships. Everyone is at their best and working at their performance execution. Shaun comes away with great learnings from this exposure and his ability to put his best together when the time came. Whilst outcomes are not shown on the scoreboard, the takeaways are profound. I also have my learnings to bring back and will keep growing from the experience.

I was privileged to lead the Mixed 4×100 Freestyle team, selected a heat team and final team and having this unique combination got us a position in the final and then to finish ahead of the world.

Flynn Southam, Jack Cartwright, Madi Wilson and Meg Harris played their role in the heats and then it was up to the final team, Jack Cartwright, followed by Kyle Chalmers, changing over with Shayna Jack and Mollie O’Callaghan. The outcome from all 7 athletes delivered a World Record, Gold medal winning achievement. This team broke Australia’s World Record from Budapest, Hungary in 2022. The team swam in a different order to the previous record holding team. Another chance to sing Advance Australia Fair.

The Dolphins team is a special unit, there was purpose to our actions from team selection to our final team dinner. We worked for each other, we did what needed to happen and the outcome is written in history. The most successful Australian team, we beat USA for the second time ever, we won 13 gold medals.

An outstanding achievement.

Go Aussie Dolphins!

Go Team ABB!




Happy Swimming 🙂

Abbotsleigh Invitational – 6th Aug 2023

We had a great return to the Abb invitational Meet on the 6th August. Lots of energy and excitement filled the aquatic centre.

It was fantastic to see our Abb values upheld throughout the day. Swimmers were daring greatly in their racing and always thinking about how they can continuously improve (KAIZEN) by implementing what they had been practicing at training. We had lots of fun in our relays and around the pool, and it was great to hear our team cheering showing great unity in the Golden Flipper relay. The Golden Flipper relay is a unique event that saw clubs vying for the Golden Flipper trophy. Let’s fight for it next year!

Our fantastic parents and older swimmers helped to make the day a success. Many roles were undertaken beforehand and throughout the day and we thank our community for being so willing to get involved and help the day run smoothly. It was great to see our swimmers leave smiling after a fantastic meet. We thank the clubs that came and participate in our event, and we look forward to an even bigger and better Abbotsleigh Invitational in 2024!

SNSW Metropolitan championships

On the 14th – 16th of July, the Abbotsleigh swimming club team joined all the best clubs in the metropolitan area and participated at the NSW metropolitan championships. We had a total of 14 swimmers competing at these championships. This meet was at the end of the school holidays and the teams plan was to do some good quality work during the break and be ready for these championships. We knew that SC metropolitan championships is a tough one where there is combined age groups and a lot of intensity swim after swim. We had great results across all age groups with PB’s, top 10 finishes and a bronze medal.

Result totals:

Medal – 1 Bronze – Tinglan Chen- 100BS

Top 5 finishes: 2

Top 10 finishes: 7

Our energy was always up throughout the 3 days meet, athletes understood the importance of recovering well and getting themselves in the best spot of being successful by keeping their body well refuelled during 3 days of competition. This is an important part of athlete development.

It is important to say that this is a meet where Junior and Senior swimmers are together and more than ever the team was always supportive to each other and showed amazing camaraderie across all the different ages, from Junior to seniors if it was an Abbotsleigh swimmer everyone was watching and cheering.

The work will keep on going and now we start our preparation for Senior and Junior State championships. Go Abbotsleigh!