Alex takes on world

READY to represent Australia at next month’s World Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary, Alex Quach is back training at the Auburn Swim Club after a seven-day skills camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The 17-year-old was selected for the 30-member team off the back of strong performances at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in April.
Swimming Australia’s national youth coach Glenn Beringen says the camp is a vital part of team planning as the young swimmers ready themselves for a fierce international competition.
He said the camp included specific sessions around nutrition, sleep, travel and technical preparation so that the athletes can develop their skill set in readiness for competition.
However it wasn’t all hard work with the team also taking part in a team bonding exercise involving a four-hour lego building session at the Telstra Tower.

“We thought this would be a good opportunity to do something different. It’s a fun activity based around working together as individuals and as a team,” Beringen said.
“I think it’s another way for individuals to reveal a bit about themselves through the things they make, but also they’re going to have to contribute as a whole to the group for us to be successful – both of those things are really important as a team.”
The 2019 Flippers squad will come together again in mid August spending a week in Slovakia to acclimatise before travelling to the Championships in Budapest from August 20 to 25.