Synchronised swimmer looking to make a splash on Australian team

d494489 Attadale synchronised swimmer Chantelle Wheatley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
d494489 Attadale synchronised swimmer Chantelle Wheatley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

AN Attadale teenager is excited to pit herself against some of the world’s best young synchronised swimmers.

LeisureFit Booragoon-based SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club memberChantelle Wheatley (15) is among five West Australians who will compete at the FINA World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships in Slovakia from August 28-September 1.

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Chantelle said she was keen to see how she compared against swimmers from other countries.

“It’s also an opportunity to learn from international coaches and get different feedback,” she said.

“I’ve been on two camps at the Australian Institute of Sport that have lasted 10 days, during which we train for eight hours.

“I’m also training with the high performance program that Synchronised Swimming WA runs, that’s about six hours of training each week plus my club training, which is 14 hours.

“We train all year round apart from Christmas because there’s competitions around the world in different seasons.”

d494489 Chantelle Wheatley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Chantelle has been competing in syncrhonised swimming for four years after a friend invited her to a session.

“What I enjoy about the sport is there are so many challenges and you get to meet new people,” she said.

“There’s the strength side to the sport as well, you need muscular strength to lift yourself out of the water.”

West Coast Splash members Georgia Brown, Bianca Chira, Tess Hay and Zoe Hewson make up the rest of the WA girls on the Australian team.