Olympic Trials – June 12-17

Congratulations to Holly and Shaun for there performances in Adelaide at the Olympic Trials. Team ABB showed our support at Club Night and it certainly helped as Holly competed strongly in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle and Shaun competed in the 200 freestyle and 100 Butterfly. The highlight of the meet was on the last day.

Shaun kept his focus throughout the meet knowing his main race was on the final evening. In the lead up to the final day of competition, Shaun fine tuned his body, mind and spirit each day to ensure he was in the best condition to perform. When the time came to swim the heats of the 100 butterfly, Shaun swam a personal best time clocking 52.15. He won his heat and displayed his strong swimming and skills through out the race.

Next step was to swim down, rest and reset for the final at night.

The final was thrilling!!! After receiving the loudest cheer at the meet, (the commentator said they were yelling “Cody” but they were actually chanting “Shauney”) Shaun put together another personal best swim to smash the 52 second barrier and finish in 3rd place, with a time of 51.93 seconds. It is important to congratulate Matt Temple and David Morgan who were selected on the Olympic Team for this event. There is no doubt that all three athletes got the best out of themselves and pushed each other to all do their personal best performance when it counted. Shaun’s ability to compete in the environment was exceptional. Shaun’s strength of character of being humble, being chilled, and taking things in this stride are all assets to anyone, whether it is sport, or work, or amongst family and friends. These are the attributes that hold firm when you take on a challenge.

As a coach I could not be more pleased to have Team ABB represented by two young people who uphold our values each day.

As a result of Shaun’s performance at Olympic Trials, he has been selected on the Australian Team for the World University Championships. While the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 there is a training camp and completion planned in the coming weeks and months. Congratulations Shaun, this is a great reward and recognition for your effort.  I have also been selected as a Coach on the Team. I look forward to sharing the experience with Shaun.