Sunday, July 21, 2024

Olympic champ makes a splash in Cessnock

Cessnock has this week played host to Australian swimming champion and three-time Olympic medallist, James Magnussen, who led a swimming clinic with young swimmers from the Cessnock Amateur Swimming Club.

The event included a ‘faster freestyle’ session with the dual world champion, who also took the opportunity to speak to attendees about all things pool safety during the summer months.

Cessnock City Council Mayor, Jay Suvaal said James’ visit to the local area was perfect timing given the hot weather the region is currently facing.

“Summer weather has well and truly arrived, and naturally with the warmer conditions comes more water activities around the community,” Mayor Suvaal said.

“At this time of year, it’s particularly important to remind everyone about water safety, and who better to spread the message in the community, than swimming champion James Magnussen.”

Cessnock Amateur Swimming Club president Ashlee Dodds said the club was thrilled to have James lead a swim clinic for some of the local community’s young and eager swimmers.

“It’s very special to have world class talent like James here with us today at Cessnock pool to teach, and very inspiring for our club’s members,” said Ms Dodds.

“Having an exemplary Olympic-level role model like James actively engaging with young swimmers in Cessnock and imparting advanced advice on swimming technique is really exciting.”

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