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Jade’s Outback Experience

Lightning Ridge, home of the unique Black Opal, is where School Sports Australia National Diving Championships were held this year. At the Ridge, we toured underground mines, experienced the Artesian Bore Baths and had a great time mixing and mingling with all the other athletes from around Australia.

AMANZI Girl Jade and synchro partner Liv

AMANZI Girl Jade and synchro partner Liv

One of the highlights of the trip for me was visiting one of the most unusual and unique tourist attractions ever- Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine. Set forty feet underground, images are actually carved and painted in the sandstone walls and pillars. There were over 500 wall carvings in this amazing underground chamber created by artist Ron Canlin with tools ranging from a jackhammer and small pick to cutlery from his kitchen!

My next favourite thing in the Ridge was the bore baths. At the end of a hard day diving there was nothing quite like a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore and it maintains a constant temperature of 41.5 degrees. Bliss! This was pretty much the popular meeting place for us all to relax and socialise.

Lightning Ridge, a place where there are car doors instead of street signs, a house made from 14,000 coloured bottles and a church that has never even been used as a church, who would have thought that this little outback town would have so much to see and do!  Oh and I picked up a couple of my own little gems by the way of two gold and a silver medal too.

Until next month
Jade x

Finding the Perfect Wetsuit for Triathlon

There is nothing more rewarding than a triathlon. Racing between swimming, cycling and running is the most exciting competition that you’ll ever be in. But, before you dive in, you’ve got to get the perfect wetsuit for getting across the water.

If you are new to the world of wetsuits, finding the right style for you might seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we have got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the ideal wetsuit for a triathlon.

First things first: any time the water is under 25˚C, you will absolutely need a wetsuit to get into the water. Love them or hate them, they will keep you warm and save a ton of energy. While you will need to deal with taking your wetsuit on and off, you can make up for that extra time by flying through the water at top speeds.

The key to maximising the benefits of a wetsuit is to get one that fits your body perfectly and is geared for the unique conditions that triathletes face.

Ready to find your new favourite wetsuit? Here are a few of our top picks.

To zoom through the water at top speeds, check out the TROKA Maverick Elite Fullsuit. If you need a rotational boost, this wetsuit can change everything for you. Featuring a low neckline and silky liner, this suit has been voted by triathletes as the most comfortable as well as the fastest wetsuit overall.

The TROKA Maverick Elite Fullsuit has a slick liner that lets you slide the wetsuit off and on in seconds. Made from Yamamoto 38 and Yamamoto 39, this wetsuit is ultra-flexible yet perfectly durable.

Been training for a while and looking for the ultimate upgrade? Check out the Blueseventy Helix with a reverse zipper and forearm catch panels. Thanks to its flawless design, this wetsuit will give you an extra bit of propulsion with every single stroke.

Ditching the high collar, the Blueseventy Helix is incredibly comfortable and makes it easier to hold your head high. Thanks to the reverse zip, you can slip this suit off in a quick second.

For a wetsuit that has been uniquely designed with speedy arm and leg cuffs, the Zone3 Aspire is a great pick. This impressive wetsuit is as practical as it is stylish. Featuring a neutral buoyancy, the Zone3 Aspire will give you a natural lift from the water without affecting your rotation. It is also a great pick if you are swimming in particularly cold water thanks to its snug neckline that’ll help keep the water out.

Last but certainly not least, we are head over heels for the Huub Core Triathlon Suit. Made with UPF 30 protection Coldblack® technology fabric, this impressive suit has been flawlessly designed to get you though the water at top speeds.

AMANZI Girl Laura Dennis

AMANZI Girl Laura favours the Huub Wetsuit

With an ultra-low weight, minimal friction and top heat absorption, the Huub Core Triathlon Suit has been specifically designed to deal with the unique needs of triathletes.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to grab a new wetsuit and blow the completion out to the water.

AMANZI Girls racing in Rio: Swimming

It was an extremely exciting week of Olympic swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with 19 new world records being set. In amongst the mix of the world’s best were AMANZI Girls Georgia Davies and Helena Gasson.

Rio Olympic Pool

Alona Ribakova, racing for Latvia, warming up in Rio. Photo cred: @alona_ribakova

British Swimmer Georgia Davies, competing at her second Olympics, qualified for the Semi Finals in the 100m Backstroke. Georgia also came away with a personal best time and a British Record in the 4x100m Medley Relay final with fellow British team mates, Chloe Tutton, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall.

AMANZI Girl Helena Gasson made her Olympic debut, at only 21 years of age representing New Zealand. Helena raced in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly, finishing 33rd and 25th respectively. Although Helena believes her races did not go according to plan, the amazing experience has left her fired up and motivated for Tokyo 2020.

Congratulations girls!

AMANZI Girls racing in Rio: Triathlon

A huge congratulations to all our AMANZI Triathletes who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. AMANZI had 5 athletes from around the world competing in the triathlon event at the iconic Copacabana Beach.

AMANZI Girl Gillian Sanders

AMANZI Girl Gill before finishing an impressive 23rd!

23rd – Gillian Sanders, South Africa

24th – Zsofia Kovacs, Hungary

27th – Vendula Frintova, Czech Republic

28th – Laura Lindemann, Germany

34th – Amelie Kretz, Canada

Special mention to Vendula Frintova and Zsofia Kovacs racing at their third Olympics, as well as juniors Laura Lindemann and Amelie Kretz making their Olympic debut.

AMANZI Girl Jenna Forrester

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!

AMANZI Girl Jenna Forrester

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.

Congratulations AMANZI Girl Jade Sweeney!

“And the divers selected for the 2016 World Junior Diving Team to compete in Russia, December 2016 are … and Jade Sweeney from New South Wales.” That moment when you realise you’ve reached a goal, achieved something you worked so hard towards; that moment when your dream comes true. Making the national junior squad and the world’s team were two goals I had been striving for this year, so it is safe to say the 2016 Australian Elite junior Nationals were a successful meet for me. Hearing my name called out was an amazing feeling and I can’t wait to pull on that Australian swimsuit when I represent our country on platform for the second time later this year.

AMANZI Girl Jade Sweeney

Next up we head to Lightning Ridge in outback NSW for the School Sports Australia nationals-pretty excited about stepping out in my new AMANZI swimmers there. Loving the new range! Can’t wait for more of my wishes to come true in my new favourite – the Orizuru One Piece.

Until next month,
Jade xx

British Summer Champs Final Days

After a very successful start to the British Summer Champs, our AMANZI Girls team didn’t show any sign of slowing down. The AMANZI Girls finished off the week and the season strong, with over 30 swimmers racing in the Finals and over 20 girls taking home an individual medal in the final few days of racing.

AMANZI Girl Lily West

A huge shout out to Freya Anderson, winning seven individual medals over the meet and Holly Hibbott, close behind with five individual medals. Freya Anderson won Gold in 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke, as well as silver in the 50m and 100m Breast and 400m Freestyle.

Holly took out the national title holder position in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, as well as the 200m Butterfly. Holly also won silver in the 200m Freestyle and bronze in the 100m Butterfly.

Huge congratulations to AMANZI Girl Hannah Russell winning gold in both the 50m and 100m MC Freestyle and setting a new British record in the 100m. With such impressive results, Hannah is looking in strong stead for competing at the Rio Paralympics next month.

Amazing swims from all our AMANZI Girls over one big week of racing. Impressive results from the Finals sessions for the final days of this year’s British Summer Champs.

Day 3

Lily West – 6th 19yo 200m Butterfly

Brodie Judge – 5th 15yo 50m Freestyle

Anna Fleming – 2nd 16yo 50m Freestyle

Becky Sherwin – 5th 16yo 50m Freestyle

Day 4

Anna Fleming – 2nd 16yo 100m Freestyle

Becky Sherwin – 5th 16yo 100m Freestyle

Lily Boseley – 4th 15yo 200m Backstroke

Harriet Perfect – 7th 16yo 200m Backstroke

Anna Newlands – 4th 17/18yo 200m Backstroke

Jess Fullalove – 2nd 19yo 200m Backstroke

AMANZI Girls Harriet Perfect and Megan Morrison

AMANZI Girls Harriet and Megan warming down after a huge meet

Day 5

Kiera Henley – 8th 15yo 400m Freestyle

Lucy McKenzie – 2nd 19yo 400m Freestyle

Rosie Arnold – 4th 16yo 200m Individual Medley

Anna Newlands – 4th 17/18yo 200m Individual Medley

Lucy McKenzie – 6th 19yo 200m Individual Medley

Day 6

Lily Boseley – 2nd 15yo 50m Backstroke

Becky Sherwin – 5th 16yo 50m Backstroke

Rosie Arnold – 2nd 16yo 100m Breaststroke

Erin Robertson – 8th 17/18yo 100m Breaststroke

Megan Morrison – 9th 17/18yo 100m Breaststroke

Anna Fleming – 2nd 16yo 100m Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

British Summer Championships 2016

We are super excited to introduce our all-star AMANZI Girls team racing at the British Summer Champs this week. It has been an exciting start to the competition, with 11 medals for our AMANZI Girls and countless personal best swims in just the first two days of competition.

Ellesmere College Titans swimmer Freya Anderson has had an amazing two days to date winning three medals, including gold in the 15yo 200m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke and silver in the 15yo 50m Breaststroke. Becky Sherwin also won gold in the 16yo 200m Freestyle. Anna Fleming set a new Scottish record in the 15yo 50m Butterfly with a time of 27.28 and also secured the gold medal. Holly Hibbott won gold in the 17/18yo 800m Freestyle, as well as silver in the 200m Freestyle.

AMANZI Girl Anna Fleming

AMANZI Girl Anna Fleming

AMANZI Girl and Rio Paralympian Hannah Russell won bronze in the 100m Backstroke Multi Class.

Other standout swims from the finals sessions include:

Lily Boseley – 2nd 15yo 100m Backstroke.

Rosie Arnold – 2nd 16yo 200m Breaststroke, 4th 16yo 400m Individual Medley

Lucy McKenzie – 3rd 19yo 400m Individual Medley 

Jade Kennerell – 6th 15yo 50m Backstroke

Megan Morrison – 3rd 17/18yo 50m Breaststroke, 7th 17/18yo 200m Breaststroke, 7th 17/18yo 50m Butterfly

Becky Sherwin – 4th 16yo 100m Backstroke

Kiera Henley – 7th 15yo 400m Individual Medley

Anna Newlands – 9th 17/18yo 50m Butterfly

Harriet Perfect – 10th 16yo 100m Backstroke

Erin Robertson – 6th 17/18yo 50m Breaststroke, 10th 17/18yo 200m Breaststroke

We can’t wait for even more to come in the next few days of competition.

Diary of a Teenage Diver

Entry #1 Diver hair
You permanently sport the same short, wet hairstyle – be it to school or out with friends there is only so much you can do with your constantly wet, chlorine-damaged hair. While your friends all have long, luscious locks, that little wet bun on the top of your head is your signature look. On the plus side you don’t have to go to the hairdressers that often cause your hair never needs cutting and it has permanent chlorine streaks.
Entry #2 The Smack
You don’t realise the pain water can actually cause unless you too have dived off one of the towers. You have probably done a belly flop right, well times that by 100 and that’s what a smack feels like. Did you know you travel up to 60km/h entering the water from the 10m tower? So when something goes wrong there is definitely an impact and your body is left with almighty bruises to show for it. With most sports you only get nervous for competitions but in our sport the nerves can show up just in practice.

AMANZI Girl Jade Sweeney

Red legs after a big splat off the 10m Platform

This sport has definitely had an impact on my heart; I couldn’t imagine a life without it -bruised limbs, damaged hair and all.

Until next month,
Jade xx

Top 8 Reasons You Need to Know Who AMANZI Girl Hannah Russell Is

AMANZI Girl Hannah Russell

  1. Hannah is the World Champion in the S12 50m Freestyle. Hannah was crowned World Champion after winning Gold at the 2015 International Paralympic World Championships in Glasgow. She also finished with two silver medals in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.
  2. Hannah was born visually impaired with a genetic condition that continues to deteriorate her eyesight. Because of this Hannah got involved with swimming, a safe and contact-free sport, and almost instantly fell in love.
  3. Hannah was scouted at age 13 for the Playground to Podium program which aims to identify and support talent potential in young disabled athletes.
  4. Three years later, at only 16 years old, Hannah won three medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, including one silver and two bronze medals.
  5. Hannah is now gearing up for her second Paralympic Games in Rio later this year.
  6. Hannah trains alongside fellow AMANZI Girls Jessica Fullalove and Jessica Lloyd at the Manchester training center.AMANZI Trifecta Jess, Hannah and Jess
  7. Hannah is a great role model for all disabled athletes and swimmers alike.
  8. Hannah has achieved all these things at only 19 years of age, so we’re excited for even more to come and can’t wait to see what is to come at this year’s Paralympics!