Cold fails to dampen Riverton Aquanauts swimmers’ fire to be the best

Claire Emery.
Isabella Sibincich.
Claire Emery. Isabella Sibincich.

WHEN it’s 5am and only five degrees, spare a thought for the young swimmers from Riverton Aquanauts continuing their training through the winter swimming season.

The cold mornings haven’t slowed the team down. The swimmers have competed in seven Swimming WA events since the short course season started at the end of May.

The swimmers are making sure their training is paying off in the pool with improvements to their times.

“The team’s commitment to training is really showing,” said head coach Gemma Herrington.

“Over the seven competitions, the swimmers have saved an amazing 847 seconds in personal best times. This is more than 14 minutes and 7 seconds of improvements to their times.”

Two swimmers that are really enjoying the winter competition season are Claire Emery (13) and Isabella Sibincich (10) recently picking up medals at the Western Sprint Short Course Challenge.

“Swimming is really fun, and being able to do well in competitions is the icing on the cake,” Claire explained.

“It’s super great to have an amazing coach like Gemma because she makes sure we train hard so that we can get the times we want,” she said.

“I love competing to improve my times and when I get a State qualifying time I’m proud that my hard work has paid off,” said Isabella.

“I also like making new friends every time I go to a meet”.

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