South west kids make a splash in Nudgee swimming clinic
Swimming: For rural kids wanting to make a splash while learning from some of the best swimming coaches in Queensland, this clinic was not to be missed.
For the first time, St Joseph’s Nudgee College came to Roma over the weekend to teach a free clinic to keen swimmers from all over the south west.
Head coach and National Age Coach, Michaela Pattinson said the clinic was the school’s way of giving back to the community.
“We do a trip to Goondi every year and the kids absolutely love it, they just soak it all up,” she said.
“We saw a need of putting back into the community. We thought here’s an opportunity to visit some families and spread a little bit of goodwill.”
Alongside Michaela and Nudgee swimming director, David Proud divulging their wealth of knowledge, three swimmers from Nudgee who have made it to national level also made the trip to teach the kids from Roma, Injune, Surat, Dalby and St George.
“Lachie (a Nudgee College national swimmer) was from a country town. He knew that because loved the sport, he had to move because he wasn’t getting the coaching he needed.”
“He went from not making age, to a national swimmer. He’s done a lot in 2 years so there are big opportunities out there if kids from rural towns want to progress.”
For Roma All Stars coach, Stacey Robertson she said that the clinic led by coaches who have taught Australian Team Representatives and National Age Champions was just as valuable to her as it was to the kids.
“Just by watching the way David’s doing things and how he is working with my swimmers, it’s giving me more ideas on how I can teach them,” she said
“I’m taking just as much from the clinic as the kids are.
“One of our male swim teachers, Ben Bright went to Nudgee and he still holds records there so it’s pretty cool to have that connection.
“It’s great that they brought some of their students who are national level swimmers to teach the kids, and that they’re putting in their own time to help us.”