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Canterbury-Bankstown swimmers made a splash at the Australian Open Water Championships in Adelaide last month, bringing home gold and silver medals.
Fourteen-year-old Henri Carrera won gold in the five-kilometre race, after clocking an impressive time of just over one hour, in his first national open water event. The Revesby resident trains six times a week at Roselands Leisure and Aquatic Centre.
"I like to be outdoors, swimming with mates, but the five kilometres was definitely tough," Henri said.
"My brain was telling my body to give up on the first two laps – I didn’t think I could do it! But on the third lap, I relaxed, stopped thinking and just let my body swim. By the last lap, I felt really comfortable and lifted my pace to finish strong."
Henri also combined with Rebecca Selmon, Hayley Rowlands and Liam Davis to take silver in the 14/15-year-old mixed relay.
Harlee Elite Managing Director and head coach, Alex Clarke, said the swimmers all worked so hard in the lead-up to the Nationals and it paid off.
"To prepare, we trained at Gunnamatta Bay. The swimmers ran sand hills to build stamina and Council even helped us remove the lane ropes at Roselands Leisure and Aquatic Centre, to mimic an open water style race," Clarke said.
Mayor Khal Asfour said Henri’s achievements and determination were an inspiration to youth across the City.
"This is a very proud moment for Henri, his family and coaches, as well as the other 18 swimmers that competed. They all deserve congratulations," Mayor Asfour said.
"As I parent, watching your child learn to do or play a sport, and then seeing them develop a love for that sport, is a really proud moment. I can only imagine how seeing them achieve such highs would feel."
For more information about Canterbury-Bankstown’s squad program and swim school, visit cb.city/leisureandaquatics
27/02/2018 1:51 PM