Published on 3 August 2012
3 August 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast-based High Performance Paralympic swim squad will receive a special breakfast send-off on Monday 6 August ahead of their departure for the London Games.
The breakfast will take place at 9.15am after the squad finishes its scheduled 7am-9am training session at USC’s Olympic-standard swimming pool.
The squad is currently made up of USC student and current world champion Blake Cochrane, two-time gold medallist Rick Pendelton, and silver medallist Michael Anderson. Paralympians and AIS members Ellie Cole, Tanya Heubner and Teigan Van Roosmalegan have also been training with the squad under coach Jon Shaw.
Cochrane, who has his sights on gold in the 100m breaststroke, and medals for 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley, said he was feeling relaxed heading into the Games.
“The training facilities at USC are excellent. The pool has been a comfortable temperature and it’s been great to train in the winter sun,” he said.
“At the moment, I am trying not to get caught up in the excitement of competing in London, and I know the training we’ve done will pay off when we get there.”
Shaw said he was confident his team would return home with new personal bests and be rewarded for the hard work they have put into their preparations.
“They have consistently worked hard and I believe they are putting themselves in a strong position to swim well,” he said.
“They had a great swim meet in Germany in early July under tough conditions and have certainly prepared well for the competition in London. They are looking forward to their taper beginning shortly.”
The USC-based High Performance Paralympic squad will fly to London on Friday 10 August for a 16-day pre meet swim camp in Cardiff. Competition will begin in London on 30 August.
— Michelle Widdicombe