We caught up with AMANZI Girl and junior swimming sensation Jenna Forrester to talk about training, racing, goals and everything in between. Jenna had a very impressive season finishing with 8 medals at the Australian Age National Championships earlier this year. Jenna is now back in the pool training 10 times a week and gearing up for another impressive season. You may recognise her as the current face of AMANZI!
How do you set your goals?
I set my goals by thinking about something realistic that I want to achieve and then think about what I can do to achieve this goal.
Favourite place to train and why?
My club pool because I love all my friends at training and the program, coach and facilities are all very good.
Favourite training sessions?
Friday mornings because it is recovery.
What do you do to mentally train yourself?
I try to embrace the pain and only think about my goals and how the pain is worth it.
What weaknesses have you overcome and how?
When I am really tired I try to speed up rather than give up.
What’s your best advice for dealing with mental negativity? How do you get out of your own head?
I try to find positive aspects in the situation and try to motivate myself by saying things like you can do it, almost there and I play mental games to make the session seem shorter and more bearable.
When you go into competition, what’s going through your head?
I think about the process of the race and how much preparation and hard work I have put in to make me feel ready and confident. I get the most nervous in the marshaling room and when the heat before me is called.
Best tip for race day?
Don’t stress out too much and be confident about your race. It is okay to be nervous but not so much that it controls you.
What was the last piece of advice your coach said to you before you competed?
Your back end speed is one of the best our there, remember that. Now go get ‘em.
What is your worst habit?
When I talk I unintentionally use the word “like” a lot.
Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?
My mum because she is as dedicated to the sport as I am and has always got my back.
What are the 5 things you cannot live without?
Chocolate, friends, family, AMANZI (obviously!) and swimming!
What is something about you that many people do not know?
I am of African origin.
Finish this sentence: 10 years from now, I will be…
Still swimming laps and hopefully be an Olympian.
What is your favourite suit from the new collection?
Bubbleyum One Piece.