Declan Sutton of Warrell Creek has just returned from the Australian Swimming Trials held in Adelaide for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games gaining some incredible learnings and memories from the experience.
Sutton who hails from the Macksville Marlins Swimming Club noted “I wasn’t 100% happy with how I swan, but considering how little I was able to train in the pool for the lead up, being only half a second off my PB is a pretty good achievement and I’ve got to be happy with that.”
Renee Pickvance, Declan’s home coach and NCAS squad coach reckoned “Declan swam a great race, he was only 0.50 off his PB which is pretty good considering he has only been training 5-6 sessions in the pool since April, which most of the time he was training by himself. He had no access to the gym since the Macksville Aquatic Centre has been shut since April due to the floods.”
“The Olympic Trials was a great experience for him to swim with the big boys, he should be very proud of his achievements this season especially with all the obstacles he had to overcome.”
D’Arcy Van den Bossche, NCAS Executive Director also sees the positives “So many of our communities have endured the past two years with devastating drought, fire, CV-19 and flood and time and time again we see the resilience of community members bouncing back and working harder than ever.”
“With all the setbacks this year, Declan should be proud of his achievement in Adelaide. As he returns to the NCAS Swimming program this month we are here to support him along with all squad members with a holistic program.”
The NCAS Swimming 2021 program dives off the blocks in July again with the support of Trinity Aquatic Centre Lismore. The program includes sport specific skills and development sessions, strength and conditioning programs, ancillary education modules such as nutrition, sport psychology and drugs in sport, and coach development.
Declan and Renee at the Australian Swimming Trials in Adelaide