Former elite swimmer Sally Hunter passes on experience on visit to Bayswater swim club


Sally Hunter in action.
Sally Hunter in action.

FORMER national breaststroker Sally Hunter shared her experiences in competition and coaching during her visit at her junior swim club in Bayswater last week.

Hunter (nee Foster) retired in July 2016 after missing out on selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

She also represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m breaststroke silver medallist trained at Central Aquatic Swimming and Lifesaving Club at Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre as a rising junior.

She returned to the club on October 27 for a question and answer session.

Hunter, now a coach at Marion Swimming Club in Adelaide, said she would visit WA at least once or twice a year.

“I always try and go back to the club because my mum and uncle are coaches there,” she said. “I still have a really good connection with all of the kids there, so I love going back out and just seeing what they are up to and having a chat.

“They sometimes train in the mornings and I do try to get in and it makes me a little nostalgic.”

Hunter was recently selected to be a baton bearer for the Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay in South Australia in February 2018. She said she would be giving birth to her first child in December.

“A few years ago I would probably be thinking that I’d be swimming at the Commonwealth Games but life changes and I am happy to be starting a family,” she said.

“It is one of those things as a kid where you see people being the baton bearer at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games (so) to get the opportunity to do it myself is a pretty big honour. The fact that we are having another Commonwealth Games in Australia in my lifetime is pretty amazing.”

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