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Swimmers get elite coaching
Picture: Marc Simojoki Elite swimmers Justine Spurr, Ryan Steenkamp, Patrick Hoey and Gene Williams in Narrogin.

A group of 11 elite swimmers from the Western Australian Institute of Sport were in Narrogin on Thursday and Friday last week to coach junior swimmers.

Narrogin Swimming Club president Alistair Potts said he was thrilled with the response and said the club was one of the strongest in the State with 84 members.

“It is not often we get the opportunity for these kids to see elite athletes and you can see just from the way the kids are responding to it and learning a lot from it and they will carry that through to their swimming training and competitions that they end up going to,” he said.

WAIS high performance coach Paul Bruce said the athletes did two clinics in Peel and Mandurah before going to Narrogin, Margaret River and Dunsborough.

“These 11 are all very good swimmers in their own right and now we’re getting a chance to give back to the swimming community and I think the junior swimmers have received a lot from it and we want to make sure people in the regional areas particularly have access to some of the best swimmers and they can learn from their stories of staying in the sport,” he said.

“The youngest is 17 and the oldest is 22 so they are all senior swimmers who have been in it for a long time but they were all juniors like these themselves not long ago and they are getting the chance to teach those skills to the younger groups.”

Club coach Paul Dyson said the junior swimmers went through techniques with the elite swimmers and afterwards held a barbecue where they talked about what the senior swimmers had gained from the sport and why it was such a great sport to be a part of.

“Swimming is such a technical sport that there are always changes to technique and stroke that reductions in hundredths or thousandths of seconds win or lose races so to have access to the absolute best and current swimmers we’ve got access to the very latest information in regard to stroke technique,” he said.