Swimart Baulkham Hills helps swimming sensation on her road to glory
Sixteen-year-old swimmer Emma Payne, from the Sydney suburb of Cherrybrook, has a clear goal: to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. And with the support of Swimart Baulkham Hills, which sponsors Emma and a number of her fellow swimmers, Emma is well on her way.
Emma is a year 11 student at Pacific Hills Christian School and she has aspirations to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games. She competes in all strokes including freestyle, butterfly and medley in distances ranging from 50m to 800m.
Emma recently represented The Hills region at the Australian Open National Olympic Trials in Adelaide, where she finished in the top 10 in Australia. She was a finalist in the 800m freestyle event and beat her personal best by five seconds, which was sufficient to secure a spot in the NSW State Development Team with whom she will participate in intensive training camps, in-depth stroke and nutrition analysis and sports psychology.
"She had a really good summer season and we're expecting an as-good, if not better, winter season," says her coach of eight months, Clinton Camilleri of Baulkham Hill's Wave Fitness and Aquatic Centre, where Emma can be found training seven times a week for two hours at a time.
Swimart Baulkham Hills has a strong association with the local community and recently sponsored a team of eight swimmers from The Hills Swimming & Life Saving Club - including Emma - who competed in the Australian Age Championships in Brisbane. The store's sponsorship covered uniforms and entry and travel costs for the team and it's hoped that even more of them go on to live their dream.
Coach, Clinton Camilleri, says the team's next goal is, firstly to take a rest, then to get started on the winter training season. "The team is also preparing for the Australian Short Course Championships in Perth in September," he explains. "Our ultimate goal though, is to prepare as many swimmers as possible for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games."
Swimart Baulkham Hills' owner, John Arbidans is thrilled with the result of Emma and the other team members. "Being in the swimming pool business, this sponsorship was a natural fit and we are delighted with the great results," John says.