Shaun Champion, Holly Nelson and Emily Washer represented Team ABB at the 2020 Virtual Short Course Championships at SOPAC. The event was timed across the country so that the majority of racing was completed at the same time, despite the time zone changes. It was an initiative that connected the best in each State to compete again.
Shaun won 3 events in NSW, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle, placing 8th in Australia in 100 Butterfly. Holly smashed her personal best time with an outstanding swim in the 200 freestyle and Emily re-entered the competitive environment with a fast 50 Butterfly.
Shaun, Holly and Emily brought positive energy to each of the four sessions and I know all 3 swimmers drew energy from our Junior swimmers who were swimming at the Junior Metro Championships on the same weekend. We all inspired each other to be your best and this is what Team ABB spirit is all about.
Metropolitans championships was success, the goal was to keep the same mind set as SMNE, and once again the swimmers were ready and prepare for the two days of racing. Due to Covid-19 restrictions swimmers had seat in allocated seats away from their parents. Knowing this the team stayed together throughout the meet, showing their Unity to each other. This also gave time for the team to have some fun team activities as some games of UNO in the lunch break,
On a more serious note, out of a total of 18 individual entries we had 15 PB’s, and 4 top ten finishes.
What a great result and congratulation to all athletes. Well done Team ABB!
Race Night on Tuesday 23rd November with White Squad went wonderfully well.
Coach Leon encouraged all swimmers to practice what they had been working on in training. This race night provided a great opportunity to see how each swimmers stroke technique and race skills are developing under race conditions. I addressed the group about racing, being part of Team ABB, showing support for each other and having a few nerves was a positive feeling.
What happened next was great fun. Swimmers full of smiles, cheering each other on and challenging themselves to their best. The energy was super. Great effort White Squad and Coach Leon.
I would also like to thank Meredith Wang for compiling the Certificates, so our swimmers could share the joy with their Parents.
Congratulations to our 15 speedy swimmers who raced at SMNE on the weekend.
For most of you it was your first competition post COVID. Your patience and dedication to improving at training certainly paid off at the meet.
As coaches we really enjoyed the weekend and seeing you bring your best energy to every race.
We spoke on Friday morning about the meet, how to go about it and how we will support each other throughout the two days. See the pic attached for details.
It was outstanding to see you apply what you have been doing in training and do it with a smile on your face.
Team ABB Spirit award for the meet: Shaun Champion
Congratulations Shaun. We want to recognise your positive attitude and application to racing. Making improvements from Saturday to Sunday is a great example of KAIZEN. You are a great example of a learner. We also want to recognise every swimmers contribution. Everyone showed their Team ABB spirit in their own style and that is what we want to see.
We look forward to Junior Metros, Virtual Australian Short Course and State Champs for 13 years+ in December.
At Abbotsleigh swimming club our Athletes had the chance to come dress up as who and whatever they wanted. These activities allow the swimmers to dream, and use their imagination. A chance to do something different that might or might not reflect their personality or interests. Either way everyone is accepted and welcomed within the team. Everyone got together from our Junior Athletes to our Senior Athletes. It was amazing to see everyone involved. Thank you also to the parents for supporting and engaging with this activity.
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.
Last Sunday we kicked off the Long course season at the SMNE Summer Distance Meet. Team ABB was well represented by 16 swimmers competing in 27 individual events. This was the first chance for those that had been on camp to show the work they had put in over the holidays at Camp in Nelson Bay. Great to see Team ABB challenging themselves throughout the day. With a number of swimmers racing different events for the first time. The swimmers showed how that had progressed themselves in their early season training, applying themselves to the numerous areas that they have been working on in the training pool.