Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015
The Silver City Swim Club had the honour of hosting a visit by dual Olympian, World and Commonwealth Games champion swimmer Sally Hunter on the weekend.
Sally inspired not only the swimmers, but also the coaches, parents and supporters alike as guest speaker at the SCSC annual presentation night on Saturday.
She shared her experiences, knowledge and also her major wins with the appreciative audience. The swimmers were delighted to be presented with their trophies, awards, and club captain badges by the Olympic athlete.
Sally also conducted swim clinics on Sunday at the Silver City Swim Centre, focussing on her areas of expertise in breaststroke and freestyle.
“Sally was awesome - she got in the water with the kids and spent over four hours working with the swimmers and coaches on the latest techniques, skills and drills,” said SCSC Head Coach Ricky Shore.
“She readily provided tips and advice on what it takes to make it to the top in the highly competitive world of swimming.”
Sally Hunter (nee Foster) is a member of the Australian Swim Team and trains in the High Performance Squad at the Marion Swimming Club in Adelaide.
Her teammate and former local rising swimmer, Ellysia Oldsen (19), also returned to her home club to help with the clinics (specialising in butterfly) and to be MC at the SCSC presentation night.
Sally and Ellysia were part of the South Australian relay team that won silver at the recent Australian Open National Championships in Sydney.
At 30 years old, Sally brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is still producing personal best times today.
Her career highlights include gold and silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona; finalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London; and gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.
Sally is working towards the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio, and has also recently written a book called “Born to Swim”.