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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.

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.

Ironman Cairns Race Report

Ironman Cairns, set in tropical Far North Queensland (which happens to be my birthplace) always promises to be a spectacular race. Swim 3.8km in the stunning beaches of Palm Cove, ride 180km along the Captain Cook Highway up to Port Douglas, taking in breathtaking views of the ocean and rainforest then run 42.2km along the Cairns Esplanade with unparalleled atmosphere and crowd support.

When I arrived at Palm Cove (the swim start) on race morning it was still dark and had been sprinkling/drizzling rain. Looking at the ocean it didn’t look appealing at all, the water was brown and choppy, the 70.3 athletes had already started and I was meant to do a warmup swim but was reconsidering.

AMANZI Girl Chloe Kay

The swim was somewhat uneventful for me, I know it was rough and a lot of people were thrown around out there, quite a few were pulled out by rescue boats so I guess I was kind of lucky. But I was relieved to feel the sand under my feet and hear my Mum on the beach cheering.

The ride began pretty nicely, despite having rained whilst we were swimming it was clear to begin with… For about 7 minutes. Just as I got around the first little corner and was heading on the Captain Cook Highway it started to rain, then pour. My nutrition plan was to get some Infinit in and a Cliff Bar eaten nice and early to replace what energy I had used during the swim and set me up for a good day. The rain meant I needed both hands on the bars and my full attention on the road, not unwrapping a bar.

The ride course is definitely interesting and variable, no one can argue with that. The hills are rolling, you pass through parts where the rainforest meets the sea, acres of cane fields, townships with people braving the elements to cheer and of course the famous Rex’s lookout. Riding towards Port Douglas there is a longer gradual climb to the lookout, and returning it’s a shorter steeper hill. First time round it wasn’t so bad and you wonder what all the fuss is about. Second time when there’s strong headwinds, horizontal rain and my legs were cramping I wasn’t loving it.

I absolutely loved the first part of the run, the crowd support was phenomenal. I had spotted Sue my training budding, Hannah and a few people more people I knew and tried to get into some sort of rhythm. I regularly run off the bike so know it usually takes me about 2-3km to shake out the bike legs and feel alright. After about 5km I was struggling, my coach Scotty had written in my race plan ‘You’re never going to feel as good as you do in the first 10km’ which had me worried… You mean to say it’s only going to get worse than this?

I know I have done a couple of Ironman races already, so technically I should know what to expect. Maybe the memories of the other races have faded with the pain. But it felt like I was hurting more than I had ever hurt before. I was struggling and not in a good place mentally or physically.

But just as I was writing the day off as a bad one, admitting defeat that I didn’t achieve any of the goals I had set out to do my coach appeared. I had passed Scotty a few times, the first time I told him I was dying and he answered with ‘Well this is an Ironman.’ Tough coach, thanks for keeping it real… But this time he ran up alongside me and said if I maintained my pace I could make it under 12 hours.

I thought that was already out of the picture, I asked him what pace I needed to run and he said 6min/km. I looked down at my Garmin and was doing 7:10min/km. Suddenly with a burst of motivation and light at the end of a long dark tunnel I picked up the pace and ran it home. I think Scotty was running to make it to the finish line in time to see me to finish so I tried to keep up with him (pretty much impossible). I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and got so many compliments and cheers on that last kilometre that I looked strong it actually made me feel a bit embarrassed (they hadn’t seen me walking and in despair not so long ago). But I soaked up the atmosphere and loved every minute of running down that finishers chute.

I made it over the line in 11:59:35 and my day from hell was suddenly all worth it, I had finally broken the 12 hour mark.

Until the next one, Chloe.

Read Chloe’s full race report here.

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!