Published: Oct 26, 2012 05:00:17 PM Updated: Dec 13, 2012 11:56:33 AM
This weekend will see seven swimmers set out to support EnergyAustralia GoSwim Days all across the country.
Australia’s greatest Paralympian Matt Cowdrey and world champion and Olympic silver medallist James Magnussen have jumped on board for some fun, both attending clubs in their home state today.
The busy schedule began with an early morning flight for Cowdrey from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, to lend a hand at the West Coast Swim Club’s GO Swim Day.
The 23-year-old swimming superstar, who won a staggering five gold medals at the London Paralympic Games, was on deck this morning to encourage the kids to get involved with swimming no matter what their perceived ability.
Later this evening EnergyAustralia GO Swim Ambassador, 21-year-old Magnussen will head on over to Aquaburn swim club in NSW to lend a hand with their clinic.
Aquaburn has an impressive history, being Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe’s old swim club and just as Thorpe inspired many to take up the sport, Magnussen will no doubt motivate the next generation of young Sydney swimmers.
Magnussen will have his training partner and fellow London Olympian Daniel Arnamnart by his side to join in the activities.
Four-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole will then head back to her hometown for the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre EnergyAustralia GO Swim Day on Saturday October 27.
The 20-year-old said she was thrilled to be able to show people how swimming can have a lasting positive effect on your life.
“It’s great being able to show these young kids what you can achieve through swimming. They see that you can make great friends, achieve awesome things and live a healthy and happy life, all through joining a swim club,” Cole said.
Finally, to cap off an excellent weekend, Sunday will see, Queensland and Western Australia treated to visits from Olympic gold medallist Cate Campbell, rising star Jordan Harrison and dual Paralympic gold medallist Katherine Downie.
A dual Olympian at just 20-years-of age, Campbell has been rewarded with great success from her involvement in club swimming and together with Junior Pan Pacs silver medallist, 17-year-old Harrison, the two young talents will combine to share their experiences with Fairholme Aquatic Swimming Club in Queensland.
On the other side of the country, West Australian local, Downie, will spend the day at Kwinana Swim Club to wrap up a successful weekend for the EnergyAustralia GO Swim program.
For more information on how to get involved in GO Swim or to join a club near you, visit www.goswim.org.
EnergyAustralia GO Swim appearances this weekend:
Friday October 26 –
Matt Cowdrey at West Coast Swim Club, Port Lincoln SA 10:30am
James Magnussen and Dan Arnamnart at Aquaburn Swim Club, Normanhurst NSW 6:30pm
Saturday October 27 –
Ellie Cole at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park VIC 5:30pm
Sunday October 28 –
Cate Campbell and Jordan Harrison at Fairholme Aquatic Swimming Club, Toowoomba QLD 10:00am
Katherine Downie at Kwinana Swim Club, Kwinana Town Centre WA 10:00am