Australian Short Course Championships Melbourne 24-26 October

Shaun Champion and Emily Washer raced strongly in Melbourne. The 3 day meet offered many opportunities to practice skills and improve race plans. Both Shaun and Em made substantial improvements from heats to finals each day. Learning from their heat swim and applying themselves more effectively in finals. It sounds pretty simply in theory to make these changes in your process however under pressure it is very difficult. It was very pleasing to see them both present and determined to be better. Em came away with a bonus, a Bronze medal in the 50 fly.

Congratulations Shaun and Em!

Amanda Isaac

Introducing Jordan Callaghan – ABB Strength & Conditioning Team

Jordan is currently studying a Bachelor of High Performance Sport, and is looking to pursue a career as a strength and conditioning coach. She has a background in elite gymnastics and diving and is currently training for her first boxing fight. Abbotsleigh Swim Club is excited to have Jordan join our team and we trust you will welcome Jordan, as she is excited to be part of our team.


NSW SC State Championships 2018

Abbotsleigh had 33 swimmers compete at the NSW State Championships over the past few weeks. Team ABB took to the meet with composure and maturity that we were able to see come out in their performances. The positive energy that was displayed lead to impressive swimming. The growth and learning that occurred over the short course season that gave rise to some outstanding performances in the pool.

Coaches would like to celebrate the efforts of the following athletes, who put themselves in a great position to extend and expand themselves in the lead up to State Championships. All girls accepted challenges and went beyond what they had done before in training, where all the preparation occurs for the racing arena. They all left behind what was familiar and experienced what was previously unknown.
Congratulations Abby Hartshorne, Grace Michell and Becca St Vincent

Congratulations to our 11 medalists:
Holly Nelson:
Gold 50 Free, 100 Free, 4×50 Free Relay Silver 4×50 Medley Relay, Bronze 100 Back

Becca St. Vincent:
Gold 100 Fly, 4×50 Free Relay Silver 200 IM, 50 Free, 100 Free, Bronze 50 Fly

Emily Ong:
Gold 100 Back, 4×50 Free Relay, Silver 50 Back, 100 Fly

Alicia Walker:
Gold 4×50 Free Relay, Silver 50 Free, Bronze 100 Free, 200 IM

Lachlan Vane-Tempest:
Gold 400IM

Grace Michell:
Bronze 400 IM, Silver 4×50 Medley Relay

Fred Brown:
Bronze 400IM

Abby Hartshorne:
Gold 4×50 Free Relay, Silver 4×50 Medley Relay

Samantha Ramsden:
Gold 4×50 Free Relay, Silver 4×50 Medley Relay

Abby Feurtado:
Gold 4×50 Free Relay

Annika Tonuri:
Gold 4×50 Free Relay

Congratulations also, to our swimmers that were selected to represent NSW at the State teams competition in Canberra as a result of their performances at both State and Metro Championships: Holly Nelson & Becca St Vincent

Great to see such exciting swimming that lead to us achieving 4th on the total point score for the meet. Well done to all that competed and we look forward to an exciting Long course season.

Cameron Gledhill and Amanda Isaac
Assistant Coach and Head Coach

Swimmer of the Meet Awards

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have received recognition from our Coaches in relation to our Club values, KAIZEN, DARE GREATLY, UNITY, FUN at the following swim meets:

SMNE LC Championships, 11-12 November – Jacqueline Feurtado

Metro LC Championships, 24-26 November – Abby Feurtado

NSW 10-12 LC Championships, 12-13 December – Meredith Wang

NSW 13-18 LC Championships, 15-20 December – Becca St. Vincent

NSW Open Championships, 19-22 January – Shaun Champion

Nelson Bay, 12-13 January – Paige Williamson; Fred Brown

Knox/Pymble Invitational, 4 February – Cami Graham

Speedo Sprint Heats, 11 February – Felicity Smith

Club Night, 2 March – Jemima Torrens

NSW Prep Meet, 24 March – Samantha Ramsden

Swimmer of the Meet Awards

Zac carried his positive training efforts into the racing pool. Zac had been diligent with preparation and knew what he wanted to work on and made sure of it in the competition pool. Skills that stood out were his turn approach, fast execution of turns and push offs. Even in races were Zac was leading, he continued to fight to improve himself. Great Team ABB spirit Zac!

SMNE 13/U SUMMER SPRINTS – October 22nd – Kendra Gordon
Kendra has been working well with Coach Leon. Kendra’s consistent attendance at training definitely assisted her. Kendra was keen to work on the racing skills she had been practising. Finishing off races strong was very evident. Great job Kendra!

CLUB NIGHT – November 2nd – Jayath Gunawardena
Coming off a positive experience at Camp Noosa, Jay continued his form at Club Night. Jay but together a beautiful 200 freestyle. He improved his turns, underwater efforts and finished strong. Jay’s swim happened to be 15 seconds faster than his previous best. Awesome Jay!

NSW 12 & Under SC State Championships 2017

Abbotsleigh had 10 of our Junior swimmers compete at the NSW 10U-12 Years State SC Championships last weekend. Our swimmers had some big shoes to fill following the performances at 13 & O State two weeks earlier, but our Jr Team ABB was up to the challenge. They took to the pool with maturity and focus that allowed some quality swimming. They put on show the skills they had been working on all season to show the rest of NSW what team ABB is all about.

Coaches would like to celebrate the efforts of two swimmers:

Lindsey Kim

Lindsey led the way in maturity when approaching each one of her races. She had a plan every time she got into the water that she stuck to and implemented. She showed improvement in the skills she has been working on from meet to meet across the short course season. This continued all the way to the end of the meet with a 6 second PB in her 200 Butterfly as her last event on Sunday. Well done Lindsey.

Sami Cox

Sami took a positive attitude into her racing across the whole weekend. She was able to take feedback and apply it very well from one race to the next, there is no better example of this than when she applied feedback and went 1.6 seconds faster in a 50 freestyle. Sami also showed the importance of diligent work in the lead up to an event pays off. Despite sickness becoming a factor on Saturday night the work that Sami had done prior still stood her in good stead and allowed her to still race fast on Sunday. Well done Sami.

Congratulations to our 4 medallists:

Lindsey Kim: Silver 100 Fly, 4×50 Free Relay, 4×50 Medley Relay ;Bronze 100 Breast, 200IM

Sami Cox: Silver 100 Back, 4×50 Free Relay, 4×50 Medley Relay; Bronze 200 Back

Meredith Wang: Silver 4×50 Free Relay, 4×50 Medley Relay

Talia Allsop: Silver 4×50 Free Relay, 4×50 Medley Relay

A special mention to the efforts on all of the team ABB relays over the weekend. Many times, we got to see swimmers step up and go much faster for the team than they even did for themselves. Really showing the Team ABB spirit. Well done to you all.

The coaches are looking forward to seeing a prodigious block of training over the next few weeks into Camp Noosa and the long course season. Go Team ABB!

Cameron Gledhill
Assistant Coach