Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014
Broken Hill's talented swimming export Ellysia Oldsen earned herself a place in Swimming Australia's National Talent ID Program after her excellent performances at the Australian Age Championships in Sydney this year.
At the national competition, Ellysia won a silver medal with a personal best time of 1:01.83 in the 100 metre butterfly leg of the 4 x 100m medley relay.
She also progressed through to the finals in three other individual events to finish amongst the top ten age group swimmers in Australia in the 100m backstroke (5th) 100m butterfly (7th) and 50m freestyle (10th).
To top it all off, Ellysia won the swimoff and broke the state long course record in the 50m freestyle in another personal best time of 26.31 seconds.
The Talent ID Program identifies athletes from the Australian Age and Open National Championships take part in state assessment camps throughout the year.
A range of assessments are conducted including swimming performance tests, anthropometry measurements, strength and conditioning tests and physiotherapy screening.
The aim of the camps is to ensure athletes and coaches are regularly exposed to environments that will help to mould Australia's future champions.
State technical coaches and mentors work with home coaches to ensure the ongoing monitoring and development of these athletes, while also positively impacting the daily training environment for all swimmers within the program.
Training in the Marion Swimming Club's High Performance Squad alongside Olympians Sally Hunter and Matthew Cowdrey, Ellysia continues to progress and excel.
At the recent Division One meet in Adelaide, Ellysia added another state short course record to her collection with a time of 25.83 seconds in the 50m freestyle.
She also won the bronze medal in this event at the Victorian Open State Championships in Melbourne, and just last weekend broke the Marion Club record in the 100m freestyle, clocking 56.48 seconds.
Before competing at the upcoming SA State Open Championships in October, Ellysia will represent the 200 plus University of Adelaide Sporting Team at the Australian University Games in Sydney.
She will then head to Phuket with the Marion High Performance Squad for a ten day training camp in preparation for the Australian Open Short Course Championships being held in Adelaide in November.
Along with her extremely busy swimming training and competition schedule, Ellysia is also excelling at her University Law and Science studies.
She keeps in close contact with her local club coaches and swimmers of the Silver City Swim Club, sharing her training experiences, and keenly supporting them when they travel to Adelaide to compete at the SA State Aquatic Centre.