Australian representative swimmers Kurt Herzog and Ryan Roche have thrown their support behind the Dunns Road bushfire catastrophe, having toured impacted areas and assisted local swim club members with high-level training last week.
The bushfire swim club tour, that commenced on Wednesday and went through to Friday, visited the towns of Adelong, Tumbarumba, Batlow and Tumut.
Across the three days and four clubs, Approximately 150 kids were taught the finer aspects of swimming and given rare insight into what is needed to compete at the absolute highest level.
The two-hour sessions not only focused on swimming but also included correct warm up and warm down techniques and a short discussion of dietary requirements for high-intensive training.
Southern Inland Swimming Association and Swimming NSW clubs support officer Erica Beggs said Herzog and Roche were just blown away by the positive experiences at each club.
“They thought it was amazing, they were just overwhelmed by how genuine and down to earth everyone was and how willing kids were to learn,” Beggs said.
“They enjoyed how welcoming coaches were and were equally thankful to coaches for allowing them to offer the clinics.”
Beggs believes these sessions offered some respite from the bushfire conditions that have plagued the region and hopes it was was a pleasant highlight to what has been a pretty ordinary school holiday period.
“The kids were loving it and it was just something nice to have after a really crappy school holidays,” Beggs said. The local swim club members were even given parting gifts, with Herzog and Roche handing out swimming caps and goggles at the end of