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Students from the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s swim squad program have achieved international success, with four brothers and sisters making the biggest splash.
The Prasad family, who train at Max Parker and Roselands Leisure and Aquatic Centres, travelled to Fiji last month to compete in the National Age Championships, with Renae, Brendan, Jaydan and Michelle, winning a total of 16 gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals.
Parents Ritesh and Neelam credited their children’s success to their determination and the quality of training they receive.
"All the coaches put in a lot of effort teaching our children in the morning and afternoon, and make sure their progress is a top priority," Mr Prasad said.
"What we particularly like is they continuously tailor the exercises to suit each child’s individual needs and have a long-term vision on how they plan to build each swimmer’s ability."
Fourteen-year-old Renae, who won 11 medals in Fiji and is now preparing for the 2018 Metro and State Swimming Championships, said she enjoyed the diverse methods.
"I love swimming under the coaches because it’s fun and creative. It’s not just an ordinary swimming club, it focuses on a variety of activities, which make training with the squad more exciting," Renae said.
"We kept hearing about the great results swimmers were achieving at championships, so we made the switch and haven’t looked back."
On top of the Prasad family’s success, other swim squad members of won three gold, one silver and a bronze at the recent Australian Age National Championships.
Managing Director of the Harlee Elite swim squad, Alex Clarke, said it was the program’s ability to adjust to each swimmer’s needs that was the point of difference and, in the end, success in the pool.
"We try and bring the best out of each individual. It’s not just about the swimming. It’s building camaraderie among those looking to achieve different goals," Mr Clarke said.
"We not only cater for performance but also driving a sense of strong of well-being and a healthy lifestyle, so all abilities can feel safe and enjoy learning in the water every day."
In just two years, Council’s swim squads have grown from 30 to more than 300 students, with sessions now run at Max Parker, Roselands and Birrong Leisure and Aquatic Centres.
For more information, go to cb.city/leisureandaquatics
24/07/2018 3:34 PM