Category Archives: AMANZI Girls

Please welcome Helena Gasson!

We are very excited to welcome New Zealand swimmer, Helena Gasson, to the AMANZI Girls team.

AMANZI Girl Helena Gasson

Helena has been swimming at a national level since she was 9 and now at just 21, holds two New Zealand National records.

The 2015 reigning champion in the 100m and 200m Butterfly, as well as 200m and 400m Individual Medley, improved once again in 2016, finishing with two national records and three national titles. Helena broke the New Zealand record for the 100m Butterfly, as well as improving upon her own New Zealand record in the 200m Butterfly heats.

After such amazing results and times at New Zealand Olympic Trials, Helena qualified to represent New Zealand in the 100m Butterfly at this year’s Rio Olympics.

But Rio will just be the start of more to come, with Helena’s eyes set on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

We can’t wait to support Helena every step of the way on her road to Rio and beyond.

2016 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama

AMANZI Girl Laura Lindemann

AMANZI Girl Laura Lindemann finishing 10th over the weekend

The World Triathlon Series headed to Yokohama this weekend for the fourth race of the season and more importantly the last chance to qualify for the Rio Olympics for many of our AMANZI Girls. A huge congratulations to Canadian AMANZI Girl Amelie Kretz finishing 8th in a career best performance.

8th – Amelie Kretz

10th – Laura Lindemann

41st – Zsofia Kovacs

45th – Erin Jones

49th – Gillian Sanders

Congratulations to all girls who have already qualified for Rio and best wishes to all the girls patiently awaiting the decision from their relevant Triathlon Federation.

Jade’s Adventures

AMANZI Girl Jade competing in Amsterdam

View from the top, AMANZI Girl Jade on the 10m Platform

It is such an honour to represent your country and being chosen to do just that was not only a dream come true but a highlight of my short career so far. Pulling on an Australian costume for the first time was amazing and I will never forget how that felt. I was fortunate enough to travel with my own coach, who was also selected for the tour, and a bunch of amazingly talented junior Australian divers of varying ages and experience who were so supportive helping to make this experience so memorable. As a team we were successful in winning the Amsterdam Cup, doubling the points of any other nation, and I got to witness some fantastic performances from my team mates. My best result in Amsterdam was making a final of the 3m springboard event and finishing 4th. Personally I learnt a lot about myself and competing internationally for my country, especially in Dresden where nerves and pressure certainly come into play when I was no longer a “big fish” in a little sea. The Dresden Youth International was tough and I struggled a bit, but was happy to bounce back to be within 10 points of the 3m final in a very tough field. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to see exactly where I am at and where I need to be. The drive to be better and improve personally is the biggest thing I took from this experience and I can’t wait to get back into the pool striving for my next goal and a chance to do it all over again.

Until next month,
Jade xx

Georgia Davies secures her ticket to Rio

We are very excited to announce that AMANZI Swimmer Georgia Davies has secured a spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Georgia won the 100m Backstroke, with the third best time of her career and her fastest time since the Commonwealth Games in 2014.  However, despite winning the 100m Backstroke, the new British Champion had to anxiously await official selection due to the controversially difficult qualifying times.

Nevertheless, the official announcement came late last week that Georgia is now off to her second Olympics and we couldn’t be happier for Georgia.

The British Paralympic Trials is currently underway with AMANZI Girls Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE and Hannah Russell both racing and hoping to qualify for their second Paralympics.

2016 Australian Olympic Trials

We are very proud to announce that AMANZI Girl Paige Leonhardt has qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympics! At only 15 years of age, Paige was announced as part of the team following her performances at the Australian Olympic Trials in Adelaide this week!

Congratulations also to AMANZI Girl Calypso Sheridan making two Open National Finals and finishing 7th in both the 200 IM and 400 IM.

AMANZI Girl Calypso Sheridan

Many of our other AMANZI Girls backed up an amazing week at Australian Age Championships the previous week, with even more impressive results. Tanya Stovgaard placed 8th in the 50m Backstroke Final, with AMANZI Girls Imogen Watson and Mia Rolfe finishing 9th and 11th respectively in the semi-finals. Mia Rolfe also finished 12th in the 50m Freestyle against Australia’s fastest in a time of 25.87.

Other standout swims from our AMANZI Girls included:

Calypso Sheridan – 10th 200m Breaststroke, 12th 100m Backstroke

Jessica Adams – 15th 200m Backstroke

Tahlia Blanshard – 6th 50m MC Butterfly, 7th 50m MC Backstroke


Australian Age Championships Multi Class Swimming

Our AMANZI Girls, Keira, Tahlia and Paige have finished off the final two days of Australian Age Championships with outstanding results in the Multi Class events. A huge congratulations to the girls and their results below!

Keira Stephens 

1st 11-14yo 100m Backstroke MC

1st 11-14yo 50m Breaststroke MC

1st 11-14yo 50m Backstroke MC

1st 11-14yo 100m Breaststroke MC

2nd 11-14yo 100m Freestyle MC

3rd 11-14yo 50m Butterfly MC

Tahlia Blanshard

3rd 15-16yo 100m Butterfly MC

4th 15-16yo 50m Freestyle MC

4th 15-16yo 100m Butterfly MC

5th 11-15yo 200m IM MC

5th 15-16yo 100m Breaststroke MC

7th 15-16yo 100m Freestyle MC

AMANZI Girls Paige and Tahlia

AMANZI Girls Paige and Tahlia

Paige Leonhardt 

1st 11-15yo 200m IM MC

1st 15-16yo 50m Breaststroke MC

1st 15-16yo 100m Breaststroke MC

3rd 15-16yo 100m Butterfly MC

Paige and Tahlia will both now be going on to compete at Australian Championships and looking to qualify for Rio! Good luck girls!

Australian Age Championships Day 5 & 6

A very big two days to finish off the 2016 Australian Age Championships. Congratulations to Tanya Stovgaard with silver in the 16yo 200m Backstroke and bronze in the 16yo 100m Butterfly. Another two amazing swims by young gun Jenna Forrester, winning bronze in the 12-13yo 400m Individual Medley and the 400m Freestyle, and coming home with a total of 5 individual medals from the week. Well done to Larah Fedalto on silver in the 14yo 100m Backstroke.

AMANZI Australian Age Championship Team

A huge congratulations also to Larah Fedalto and Jenna Forrester part of the St Peters Western 14&U 200m Freestyle Relay winning gold and setting a new Australian Record. AMANZI Girls Rosie Addison and Taegen Coxhill also won a gold medal in the 18&U 400m IM relay as part of the winning Nunawading team.

An amazing two nights of top 10 finishes for our AMANZI Girls:

Jess Adams – 4th 17-18yo 200m Backstroke

Ashaya Morgan – 6th 12-13yo 400 Individual Medley

Claire Coten – 7th 15yo 200m Freestyle

Taegen Coxhill – 4th 16yo 100m Butterfly

Chelsea Austin – 10th 14yo 400m Individual Medley

Katalina Siburian – 10th 15yo 200m Breaststroke

Tanya Stovgaard – 4th 16yo 200m Individual Medley

Isabel Lampre – 6th 15yo 200m Individual Medley

Kayla Costa – 8th 14yo 200m Freestyle

Tyler-Marie Ransby – 10th 14yo 200m Freestyle

Reef Rohde – 5th 12-13yo 100m Backstroke

Amy Van Dongen – 7th 17-18yo 100m Freestyle

Emily Racki – 5th 16yo 200m Backstroke

Breana Gilroy – 9th 16yo 200m Backstroke

Isabel Lampre – 7th 15yo 100m Butterfly

Congratulations to all our AMANZI Girls on an amazing week of racing and good luck to AMANZI Girls Paige Leonhardt, Tahlia Blanshard and Keira Stephens racing in the upcoming Multi Class Events.



Australian Age Championships Day 4

Incredible night of racing in Adelaide last night on Day 4 of the Australian Age Championships, with our AMANZI Girls taking home 5 medals.

Huge congratulations to our two Australian Champions Larah Fedalto in the 14yo 50m Freestyle in a time of 26.06 and Mia Rolfe in the 15yo 100m Backstroke in a time of 1.03.53.

Big congratulations to Jenna Forrester on a close 2nd place in the 12-13yo 100m Freestyle. Rebekah Sefton also stood out in the 16yo 200m Freestyle, taking home her second bronze medal for the meet. Congratulations to Sachi Morrow who also won bronze in the 16yo 200m Breaststroke.

AMANZI Girls Bek Sefton and Breana Gilroy

AMANZI Girls Bek Sefton and Breana Gilroy

Other standout swims from the finals session included:

Emily Racki – 10th 16yo 200m Freestyle

Isabel Lampre – 10th 15yo 100m Backstroke

Tyler-Marie Ransby – 5th 14yo 100m Freestyle

Only two more days to go! Keep up the amazing effort AMANZI Girls!

Australian Age Championships Day 3

AMANZI Girl Chelsea Austin

AMANZI Girl and 200m Butterfly Finalist Chelsea Austin

Day 3 and the AMANZI Girls are not slowing down! Another four individual medals for our AMANZI Girls last night, some great personal bests all round and very close swims.

Congratulations to Kayla Costa taking silver in the 14yo 200m Butterfly, her second individual medal for the meet. The 16yo 100m Backstroke proved to be an amanzi-ng race with five AMANZI Girls competing in the final and AMANZI Girls Tanya Stovgaard and Taegen Coxhill taking out 2nd and 3rd respectively. Natasha Ramsden also backed up her medal in the 100m Freestyle the night before with bronze in the 15yo 50m Freestyle.

Congratulations to our other AMANZI Girls in their finals swims last night!

Chelsea Austin – 9th 14yo 200m Butterfly

Jess Adams – 8th 17-18yo 200m Free

Amy van Dongen – 9th 17-18yo 200m Free

Imogen Watson – 5th 16yo 100m Backstroke

Annabelle Druce – 7th 16yo 100m Backstroke

Emily Racki – 8th 16yo 100m Backstroke

Claire Coten – 10th 15yo 400m Freestyle

Larah Fedalto – 4th 14yo 100m Freestyle

Sachi Morrow – 4th 16yo 400m Individual Medley

Congratulations to our AMANZI Girls who were also part of medal winning relay teams last night, including Larah Fedalto in medal winning 200m Individual Medley Relay and Taegen Coxhill part of the Nunawading team which took out the 16&U 400m Freestyle Relay.

Australian Age Championships Day 2

AMANZI Girls Annabelle and Tash

AMANZI Girls Annabelle Druce and Natasha Ramsden, half of the Abbotsleigh Gold Medal relay team

The AMANZI Nationals team backed it up with another great night of racing last night. Big congratulations to the St Peters Western pocket rocket Jenna Forrester who won the 12-13yo 200m Individual Medley. Congratulations also to Natasha Ramsden finishing with bronze in the 15yo 100m Freestyle and Tanya Stovgaard who also won bronze in the 16yo 50m Free.

Other notable finals swims last night included:

Claire Coten – 6th 15yo 100m Freestyle

Mia Rolfe – 8th 15yo 100m Freestyle

Jessica Adams – 7th 17-18yo 100m Backstroke

Rebekah Sefton – 6th 16yo 50m Freestyle

Emma Malcolm – 7th 16yo 50m Freestyle

Sachi Morrow – 5th 16yo 100m Breaststroke

Skye Norris – 10th 14yo 800m Freestyle

Congratulations also to Annabelle Druce and Natasha Ramsden, part of the gold medal winning Abbotsleigh relay team in the 16&U 400m IM Relay and Larah Fedalto, part of the gold medal winning St Peters Western relay team in the 18&U 400m Free Relay.