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Heidi Gan

Perth City Swimming Club

Age: 27 

Coach: Matt Magee

Club: Perth City

Where it started: Heidi progressed quickly through the Learn to Swim programme in her home of Sarawak, Malaysia. She then started swimming with various clubs, which took her through to State Championship races in both Malaysia and Australia.

Heidi’s passion for open water swimming starting through her Surf Life Saving training. In 2008 she won a silver medal in the Australian Nationals Under 19s Surf Race. Following this, she began competing in Swimming WA’s Open Water Swimming Series events.

In 2010 her coach suggested she try the Australian Open Water National Championships. She competed in her first 10km event and placed 7th. The next day she competed in the 5km event and placed 5th.

Since then Heidi has been solely focused on open water swimming, and it’s paid off. In the London 2012 Olympics she became the first Malaysian to represent her country in the 10km Open Water Marathon event.

The weapon: Heidi attributes her ability to undertake nine to 10 pool sessions, two circuit sessions, one gym session and two open water sessions a week to her love of coffee. One of her favourite parts of living in Perth is finding new places for coffee and cake.

The future: Heidi will be competing in the 10km marathon swim at the Rio Olympics this year. After making her Olympic debut in London, she’s looking forward to the diverse challenges that Rio will bring.

After Rio, Heidi is excited to have a break from training and take some time to re-evaluate her goals.

 

Kane Radford 

Westside Christchurch

Coach: Paul Bruce

Pet Event: 10km Marathon

Age: 25

Club: Westside Christchurch

Club of Origin: Swim Rotorua

Where it started:

Growing up in Rotorua, New Zealand Kane took up swimming after seeing his older brother doing lessons. He quickly fell in love with the sport saying he “started and just never stopped”. Kane was selected twice for the Junior Pan Pacific Team in 2007 and 2009 as well as the FINA World Youth Championships in 2007 and FINA World Open Water Championships 2008.

The Weapon: Radford attributes his persistence and success to always being able to find the fun in his training. Kane says training with his coach, Paul Bruce, allows him to stay relaxed and not take things too seriously, while still progressing toward his goals.

Training with Westside Christ Church Aquatic has also given Kane the opportunity to meet new people from Perth and feel like part of a community.

The Future: Radford will be the first New Zealander to swim in an open water event at the Olympic level when he competes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 10km marathon.

After the Olympics Kane is looking forward to relaxing in New Zealand with his family for a few weeks before he returns to Perth to get back into training.

Jack Wilson

Performance Pathway Squad – Gold Pool & Gold Open Water

Coach: Ben Allen

Pet Event: 1500m Freestyle and 5km Freestyle

Age: 14

Club: Breakers

Where it started...

Jack Wilson comes from swimming pedigree with both parents being former competitive swimmers themselves, so naturally Jack was guided into the sport and he has flourished. After winning his first medal at Australian Open Water Championships 2015 Wilson realized his own talent in the sport and the potential path to Olympic glory. Wilson has continued to improve with the guidance from his coach Ben Allen and credits his success to their close relationship.

The Record

Wilson was the youngest swimmer to win gold for WA at the 2016 Australian Open Water Championships, but he hasn’t let his age stop his success. Wilson was the only swimmer from WA to win National Gold at both Open Water and Age Nationals, proving how versatile this young star really is. Wilson was also crowned National Champion at 2015 Australian Open Water Championships, and holds a staggering 58 state records, beating the likes of dual-Olympian Travis Nederpelt.

The Weapon

Wilson believes his weapons are the fundamental skills installed in himself, his coach and his club. As well as his technique Wilson’s dedication to training hard day in day out has produced the extreme fitness that keeps him going when others begin to fade. Wilson believes the positive culture within the Breakers Swim Club has enabled him to get them most out of his natural abilities and will be critical in him achieving goals.

The Future

Like most swimmers Wilson’s ultimate goal is to represent Australia at the Olympic Games and he is currently training hard to achieve this goal. Although Wilson understands that in order for this to happen he must continue to improve and is aiming to win the 400m, 1500m 5km and 10km at National Championships in 2017. Jack is also hoping to be selected on the 2016 WA State Team Age Short Course team that will compete in Canberra in late September.

Jack is the fourth athlete to be announced as a part of the 2016/17 Performance Pathway Programme. Athletes have been selected based off State and National meets to give athletes and their coaches an opportunity to develop their skills to improve their performance. The 2016/17 Performance Pathway Squads will be announced this Friday. 

Wilson’s profile release also coincides with the first release of the 2016/17 OWS dates, which sees the first 10 locations released. These dates can be found here.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the Performance Pathway Programme.

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Ben Popham

Performance Pathway Squad – Gold

 Coach: Paul Bruce

Pet Event: 200 Freestyle

Age: 15

Club: Westside Christchurch

Club of Origin: Leisure Park Lasers/Superfinz

Where it started...

Ben’s swimming career started at the age of 7 when a doctor told him that in order for him to overcome his muscle tightness caused by Cerebral Palsy he needed to start a sport. He proceeded to join Superfinz swim club and fell in love with the sport and what it involved. At only 12 Ben’s coach recognized him as a huge talent and suggested he take it to another level, so he moved to Leisurepark Lazers and trained with Stacey Scott where he saw an enormous improvement in his ability. Ben has since moved to Westside Christchurch where he trains with Paul Bruce and his swimming has taken off and fuelled his love for the sport even more. Ben says his continual improvement is due to his ability to compete and willingness to put everything on the line in order to win.

The Record

At only 15 Ben has an impressive record that includes a National Age Gold medal from this year Championships, National Open final at this years Paralympic Trials and two National Records in the Male 14 year olds and 15 year olds S8 200m Freestyle. 

The Weapon

The weapon of mass destruction that is Ben’s choice when it comes to swimming is his personal hunger to win. His competitive drive continues urge him on in training and during a race, Ben said “every time I see myself passing someone it gives me a boost that makes me want to harder, and faster for longer. Ben credits his club environment for the big time drops he has been able to experience over the past twelve months.

 

The Future

The overall goal for Ben is to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games, in the 400m freestyle. However Ben understands this will be no easy task and has set reasonable stepping-stones that he believes will guide him to ultimate glory. Ben is hoping to gain selection on the 2017 IPC World Championships team and then the 2018 Commonwealth games team. As well as pursuing his swimming goals, Ben is interested in psychology and wishes to one day be able to give back to the sport.

 

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Ashleigh Glover

Performance Pathway Squad – Gold

Coach: Michael Palfrey

Pet Event: 200 Breaststroke

Age: 16

Club: UWA-West Coast

Where it started...

Ashleigh has always had a passion for swimming, starting at the tender age of four in a learn to swim programme before transitioning into Club swimming. Glover has been a loyal member of UWA-West Coast (previously West Coast Swimming Cub) and has been subject to a wealth of coaching experience that includes mentors Rob Palfrey, Michael Shaw and Michael Palfrey, to each of whom she credits her success. Glover says the positive relationship she has been able to establish with her coaches and Club have enabled her to get the most out of her swimming.

The Record

To date, Glover has had a short but successful career that has most recently seen her crowned 2016 National Age Champion in the 200m breaststroke. Having already racked up four national medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke some people are now tipping Glover to be the next big name in swimming. Glover holds a staggering 20 state records and has numerous State Championships to match. She has also been selected to represent the state at State Teams Age Short Course on every occasion where she has been eligible,  bringing to the team a positive and hard working attitude.

The Weapon

Glover believes the reason she has been able to produce such extraordinary results is due to her laid backed persona, which enables her to stay relaxed and focused. As far as physical abilities Glover is powered by a tremendous kick that allows her to overpower her opponents towards the back end of the race and come home with the gold.


The Future

Glover is aiming to defend her title at next year's Nationals and gain selection on the junior Australian team. Ultimately, Glover aims to make the Australian Dolphins team and is spending hours in the pool training towards her goal.  Although Glover focuses heavily on high performance swimming she also understands there is more to the sport than winning. Glover is always willing to give back to her club community, ensuring she is seen as a positive role model who inspires younger swimmers.

Ashleigh is the second athlete to be announced as a part of the 2016/17 Performance Pathway Programme. Athletes have been selected based off State and National meets to give athletes and their coaches an opportunity to develop their skills to improve their performance. The 2016/17 Performance Pathway Squads will be announced this Friday.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the Performance Pathway Programme.

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Hamish Rose

Performance Pathway Squad – Elite Transition

Coach: Ian Mills

Pet Event: 50m Freestyle 

Age: 25

Club: Perth City Swimming Club 

Where it started...

Hamish was a late starter to competitive swimming, only venturing into the pool at the age of 18, where he burst onto the scene with a blistering 50m freestyle to claim Age National gold. Hamish decided to start swimming competitively after being approached by Perth City Swimming Club coach Ian Mills who identified his natural talent during a school swimming carnival. Hamish has since developed his love for the sport and has worked hard within the Perth City swimming programme to establish the foundations that have made him so successful. Hamish attributes his success to his close working relationships with his coaches Ian Mills and Matt Magee.

The Record

Hamish has had a hugely successful career that started with a Gold medal at National Age Group Championships in the 17/18 year old 50m freestyle. Hamish has since competed in five National Open meets, making the semi-finals in the 50m Freestyle every time and the National final twice. In 2010 Hamish was selected to represent Australia on the Oceania team in Samoa. He came home with Silver in the 50m Freestyle and a gold from the 4x100m Freestyle relay.

Rose, centre, between Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen at the 2016 Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships.

The Weapon

Standing at 198cm, with a wing span of 212cm and size 13 feet, Hamish in an ominous sight on pool deck. He uses his enormous wingspan and flipper-sized feet to power down the pool, ensuring that he finishes on top. Whilst natural ability gets you so far Hamish’s real weapon is his work ethic and commitment to swimming.  Hamish pushes himself to the best of his ability in and out of the pool, allowing him to commit to the lifestyle of an elite athlete whilst working full time as an engineer.

The Future

This year Hamish has made the decision to move back to his original coach, Ian Mills, as he once again looks to capture that Australian gold. Hamish’s goal for the 2016/17 season is to continue to race at a National level while still  maintaining his enjoyment of the sport. 

Hamish is the first athlete to be announced as a part of the 2016/17 Performance Pathway Programme.

Athletes have been selected based on their performance at State and National meets, giving athletes and their coaches an opportunity to develop their skills to improve their performance.

Full details of the successful athletes accepted into the 2016/17 Performance Pathway Squads will be announced this Friday 20th May 2016.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the Performance Pathway Programme.

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