World Championship bronze medallist helps out at swimming development day

Cowra Stingrays recently hosted a swimming development day for its members and extended an invitation to Canowindra and Grenfell Swimming clubs.

The club was thrilled to host almost 60 swimmers which really kicked started their season. The club thank Swimming NSW Mountains & Plains Development Officer, Paul Dobson and Cowra Stingrays coach Pat Charnock who were instrumental in putting the day together.

The morning session was dedicated to junior swimmers where Paul conducted a presentation on each stroke, swimmers then did a session on stretching and were all fired up for a session of skills and drills.

Club coaches, Pat Charnock, Monique Gallen and Sarah Heidke assisted Paul throughout the day and all were very excited to meet world championship bronze medallist Kurt Herzog.

Kurt spoke candidly about his swimming career to the senior swimmers who were able to hold his bronze medal.

“I was never a good swimmer when I was younger” he admitted.

Kurt qualified for nationals at the age of 18 years but never made a final.

Herzog debuted on the Australian team pretty late at the age of 23 years and claimed bronze at the 2015 world championships in Russia and missed out on the Australian team for the 2016 Rio Olympics by 0.2 seconds.

It was only through hard work that he then made the Dolphins team up until double shoulder surgery ruled him out of action shortly after he missed the team for Rio.

The 26-year-old is still monitoring the progress in his shoulder, he hasn’t given up aiming to be selected in the 200 metre freestyle for Tokyo 2020.

Kurt is an inspirational athlete who held a captive audience for the duration of his visit.  We would like to thank Paul and Kurt for coming out to Cowra as both men are an asset to Swimming NSW.

The club’s next major event will be Cowra’s annual qualifying carnival is on November 17 and 18, 2018.

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