A marvellous day of competition on Day Eight, saw Noah Robinson and Madeleine McTernan win further medals, adding to their impressive tally from yesterday. Facing a potentially daunting five swims each they responded to the challenge with quintessential TSS gusto. Diving head first into a demanding day they showed determination, resilience and good humour - the perfect TSS attributes.
Racing aggressively from the outset Madeleine won double Gold, hitting the wall first in the Girls 17/18yrs 100m Backstroke (1.12.67) and 100m Butterfly (1.18.19). She added a brilliant Bronze to her burgeoning collection of medals in the 50m Freestyle (29.73).
Noah takes the honour of today's Swim of the Day for his outstanding Bronze in the Boys 11-15yrs 200m Individual Medley Boys (2.41.82). A massive best time and a brilliantly executed race plan, Noah attacked the race from the start. Noah won further Bronzes in both 100m Freestyle (1.06.89) and 50m Butterfly (34.12). A fantastic meet for Noah, reward for a season of massive improvement in the training pool.
A huge and very exciting 10 days in Sydney for Team TSS at the 2018 National Age Championships, two days of training and eight days of competing requires a massive effort from swimmers, families and coaches. Our team consisted of 35 Swimmers, won 27 Medals and was supported by over 70 hours of coaching on pool deck. Over the course of ten challenging days where swimmers often have to ride an emotional roller coaster, TSS' philosophy of patience, determination and resilience, wrapped in a unique sense of humour, yields huge reward. Well done Team.
National Age Video - https://youtu.be/UGXPrwmRejQ
It's now time to refresh and recover...buzzing for next season...see you soon.
The seventh day of competition saw our multi-class competitors, Noah Robinson and Madeleine McTernan take centre stage. Noah and Madeleine continued Team TSS' fine form at the meet adding a further five medals to the collection, among a host of excellent swims.
Noah won two Bronzes, winning third place in the Boys 11-14yrs 100m Butterfly (1.13.64) and 50m Freestyle (30.46). A year of big improvements for Noah has seen him start the competition in very positive fashion.
Golden girl Madeleine secured top spot in both the Girls 17/18yrs 50m Backstroke (34.17) and 50m Butterfly (34.48). She also won a hard fought Bronze in the 100m Freestyle (1.04.95). Madeleine's triumph in the 50m Butterfly is today's Swim of the Day. A big best time, this swim is a reflection of her ability to acquire skills and improve technique. Improving all four strokes and training for Medley swimming is a fundamental part of the TSS swimming philosophy and this belief is instilled by the coaches who enjoy coaching every event in the programme. We consider our athletes to be 'swimmers' not specialists in one stroke or another. There is value and purpose in improving on every stroke, across all distances and there are opportunities to do so at TSS.
Swimming fast, racing aggressively, stepping up in finals and relays, winning medals and having heaps of fun in the process are the key ingredients at the TSS Swimming factory and tonight we got the blend just right.
Commonwealth Games medalist Laura Taylor was first up in the 17/18yrs Girls 200m Butterfly and controlled the race from start to finish taking, the Gold in 2.10.49. Always a strong event for TSS, Laura was joined by three teammates in the 200m Butterfly final.
Kalani Skipps won his first National Gold in the Boys 15yrs 100m Butterfly. A perfectly executed race saw Kalani finish the race strongly (in typical TSS fashion) to touch first in 56.72. Today's Swim of the Day, Kalani's win was much enjoyed by his teammates and coaches - I have been informed their cheering could be heard on the live internet broadcast! A brilliant swim for Kalani's first individual National Medal and a significant step for the Team because Kalani is the first swimmer to have progressed through the ranks all the way from our learn to swim programme to win a National Gold Medal - truly a team effort.
A quality night of swimming from the Team in Red, White and Blue was topped off when Max Osborn was announced as part of the Junior Pan Pacific Games Team. Max will get the chance to compete in the Green and Gold of Australia with the best junior swimmers in the country - well done Max.
A big day for Team TSS at the Sydney Aquatic Centre. Repeatedly competing at a high standard over the course of a the week is very demanding and requires a great deal of discipline and mental fortitude. TSS places great emphasis on developing the skills needed to thrive in such challenging situations. Learning to own and then control the process provides structure and building resilience then ensures the athletes have the belief to execute best performance.
Max Osborn claimed Silver in the Boys 17/18yrs 1500m Freestyle (15.28.60). Annihilating his previous best time by a huge eleven seconds, Max showed grit and determination to swim to a strong second place in the most gruelling event on the programme. This huge improvement wins today's Swim of the Day and is a reflection of the hard work that goes into competing and training for a 1500m. Australia has a rich and deep history of quality distance swimming and TSS is continuing that tradition.
Maddy Gough went one better and took Gold in the Girls 17/18yrs 800m Freestyle (8.38.83). A dominating performance saw Maddy lead from start to finish and cement TSS reputation for enjoying the distance events.
Flynn McGregor won his second Gold of the competition in the Boys 13yrs 100m Breaststroke (1.08.25). After a disappointing start to the evening, Flynn bounced back with aplomb, keeping calm and focused to execute his race plan perfectly and destroy the field.
Lets behind the Team for Day Six...go TSS!
The TSS Swimming contingent continued to excel on Day Four of the Championships. Competing with the best in the country, Team TSS further elevated their high standards; swimming faster in finals, winning medals and stepping up in relays.
Flynn McGregor showed great resilience to claim Bronze in two Boys 13yrs events. Starting the night with a bold third place in TSS' pet event the 200m Butterfly (2.13.25). Flynn was positive and attacked the race in the right place for a hard fought fourth medal of the meet. He had to dig deep for Bronze in 100m Freestyle (54.83) only sixty minutes later. Only two swimmers competed in both finals and Flynn showed his positive attitude and competitive nature to take Bronze in both.
The quartet of Laura Taylor (2.01.04), Tahlia Dilkes (2.07.95), Charlotte Mitchell (2.07.61) and Maddy Gough (2.02.04) secured their place as the best Female relay team at the meet. Adding 4 x 200m Freestyle Silver (8.18.64) to the Gold from Day Two's 4 x 100m. An impressive collective performance ensures they are the only Team to win a medal in both Freestyle relays. Stepping up and competing at the end of the evening programme on the fourth day of competition takes great belief and mental fortitude. Awesome job girls, Team TSS is very proud of you.
Laura Taylor won her first individual Gold of the Championships in the Girls 17/18yrs 100m Butterfly (1.00.18). A very demanding three weeks has seen Laura claim medals at the Commonwealth Games, Australian National Surf Titles (Aussies) and now the National Age Swimming Championships. A truly fearsome and fearless competitor, Laura has repeated excellent performance after excellent performance after excellent performance and is the winner of today's Swim of the Day.
She competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the 9th April, winning a Silver medal in the 200m Butterfly (on her very first Senior National team). The following week she claimed two wins in the togs of Northcliffe Surf Club in Perth at the Surf National Titles and is finishing the period competing back in the pool with TSS in Sydney.
Day Five looks set to be action packed and Team TSS are ready for another big one...lets go TSS!
TSS continued to set high standards in the pool on the third day of competition. Leading the team from the front, Commonwealth Games medalist (200m Butterfly) Laura Taylor showed her competitive spirit encompasses multiple strokes to win Silver in the Girls 17-18yrs 200m Freestyle in 1.59.56.
Max Osborn went one better to win the Boys 800m Freestlye (8.08.77) and was joined at the top of the tree by teammate Maddy Gough in the Girls 1500m Freestyle. Maddy lead the race from start to finish, touching first in 16.19.45. The 800m Freestyle for Boys and 1500m Freestyle for Girls have been added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020 and this was the first time they were contested at a National Age Championships. Leading the way in both new distances, Team TSS showed once again that we are innovative, keen for new challenges and have an adaptable programme developing athletes for all events.
Maddy Gough wins Day Three's Swim of the Day. Maddy destroyed the field in the 1500m, taking an early lead in the race, swimming away from the pack and having to focus on competing on her own for more than half the race. This makes Maddy the fastest in Australia this year and the 11th fastest in the World. A World Class swim at an Age Group Championships.
Get ready for Day Four Team TSS are coming...
TSS awesome foursome of Laura Taylor, Maddy Gough, Charlotte Mitchell and Tahlia Dilkes are today's swim of the day, sweeping aside the competition to win the Girls 18yrs and under 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay (3.49.77). The Golden Girls came together to claim Team TSS' first Female Age Group Sprint Relay medal. The girls from TSS followed the Australian tradition of stepping up in relay events. All four girls swam strong, aggressive legs, attacking the opposition and showing that a team is a group of motivated and aggressive athletes forming one unit that is stronger than the sum of its parts. The relays are the last events of the night and the swimmers have to be at their best late at night - it is a great challenge to learn how to get the best out of themselves. Furthermore, all the girls have big programmes, racing multiples times throughout the week and multiples times today. A fantastic lesson in resilience and brilliant preparation for the demanding world of Senior swimming.
The girls times were as follows:
Laura Taylor (56.42) Maddie Gough (57.76) Charlotte Mitchell (58.51) and Tahlia Dilkes (57.08)
Flynn McGregor won his third medal of the meet, swimming to Silver in the Boys 13yrs 200 Individual Medley. A strong finish saw Flynn touch second in a new best time of 2.14.74.
Ready for Day Three...lets go TSS.
Day One of the National Age Swimming Championships is always a very exciting occasion with both swimmers and coaches buzzing around poolside eager to start racing. It can be challenging to maintain focus and manage emotions but it is in precisely these situations that TSS Swimming's methodical and systematic approach pays dividends. Helping young swimmers learn to follow and trust in a process, allows them to take control of the moment regardless of the environment. Dealing with delays and equipment breaking and still delivering quality performances is easily possible for the autonomous athlete.
Swim of the Day goes to Flynn McGregor who struck Gold in the Boys 13yrs 200m Breaststroke (2.28.92). Cool, calm and collected under pressure, Flynn executed his race plan perfectly, taking Gold on the very last stroke. A feat even more impressive, coming only 45 minutes after claiming his first National medal in the 200m Freestyle (Bronze 2.01.59). Starting the Championships with a challenging double day, Flynn has embraced the TSS philosophy of learning to race, under pressure, multiple times. To be successful, the athletes need to learn to manage themselves and show resilience to get the best out of themselves and the situation.
Maddy Gough claimed TSS' second Gold of the day, winning the Girls 17/18yrs 400m Freestyle taking control of the race after the first 50m, Maddy dominated the field, storming home in 4.11.86. Teammate Laura Taylor took Silver (4.14.60) in the same race ensuring a TSS double on the podium.
Cant wait for Day Two...