Please welcome young gun Larah Fedalto

Larah Fedalto

We are very excited to welcome up and coming swimming superstar, Larah Fedalto! It has been a very successful year for the 13-year-old St Peters Western swimmer who was crowned the 13-year-old Australian National Champion in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.

Alongside swimming and school, Larah manages to compete in hockey at a national level too! This year, Larah was selected to represent Queensland in both swimming and hockey.

Can’t wait to see what is in store for you this season Larah!

 

Welcome Laura Lindemann!

Laura Lindemann in BABEbushka

19-year-old German triathlete and junior world champion, Laura Lindemann, is the newest member of the AMANZI Girls amazing team. Earlier this year, Laura won the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, making her the junior world champion for the second year in the row.

Laura had a very impressive season leading up to her ultimate victory in Chicago being crowned the 2015 German junior (U23) national champion in June earlier this year and Junior Champion at the Geneva ETU European Championships. With her performances this year, Laura has her eyes set on racing in Rio next year!

Congratulations on a great season Laura and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next season. Willkommen Laura!

Haircare for Swimmers: Small Steps to Keep your Locks Luscious

Photo credit - Calypso Sheridan

Photo credit – Calypso Sheridan

Who hasn’t seen the little blonde girl out there whose hair turning green from chlorine?! It happens all the time! Chlorine and hair just don’t mix well! As swimmers we are forced to jump right in and hope for the best for our hair. Luckily we are tough swimming ladies. Although, we must admit, most of us would like to not completely fry our hair.

What is a girl to do? Giving up swimming is NOT an option, but there are other small steps one can take with specific haircare tips for swimmers. These are fast and easy tips that will help you maintain the health of your hair even during swim season when it feels like you spend more time in the pool than anywhere else.

  1. You Must Wear a Swim Cap
    This is a no brainer for most swimmers, but just as a little reminder, it is imperative to wear a swim cap. Not only does this help keep your hair out of the way and reduce drag, but it also helps to protect the hair from the harsh elements of the pool. Take a look at our amazing selection of AMANZI swim caps to find one that’ll protect your hair and boost your style.
  2. Shower Before and After Every Single Swim Session
    Showering before helps to wet the hair, so it doesn’t soak up all of the chemicals. Showering after helps to cleanse the hair of all the chemicals. This is a great way to prevent chlorine damage to your hair and skin, so it is a good idea to get in the habit of having a shower routine as part of your swimming routine.
  3. Treat Your Hair with Coconut Oil
    Deep condition treatments are a great way to treat hair that is damaged and dried out from a lot of the time in the water and/or sun. A lot of deep conditioners actually contain a lot of harmful chemicals. Coconut oil is an all-natural way to treat your hair. Just apply a tablespoon or more to cover your hair from root to end. Let the conditioner sit in for about one hour before thoroughly rinsing it out in the shower. You’ll be amazed by the results!
  4. Seek Out Swim Facilities with Low Chlorine Content
    There are lots of pool out there that offer lower chlorine or alternatives to chlorine, like salt treated. If you have choices try to find a pool with lower chlorine or at least with good ventilation. Unfortunately, we know a lot of swimmers out there don’t have a choice.
  5. Cover Hair from the Sun
    Your hair is already frazzled enough without adding sun damage to the mix. Make sure if you are a swimmer who spends a lot of time outdoors to cover your hair with a hat, scarf, etc. to help prevent further damage.

Squad Goals

Photo Credit @24_portrait

Photo Credit @24_portrait

Win matching AMANZI Swim Caps for you and your team mates! Simply head on over to our Instagram page @amanziswim and:
1.    Mention your name and your club members in the comments section.
2.    Tell us what club you belong to!
Winners will be drawn daily from 7th October to the 10th October and announced via our daily Instagram post.
Winners will receive a set of AMANZI Swim Caps for each member in their squad or club*.

Good luck AMANZI Girls! xx

*A maximum of 20 swim caps will be issued per winner

Behind the Goggles

Welcome Jess Lloyd

Please welcome our newest AMANZI Girl, Olympic swimmer, Jessica Lloyd!

At only 16 years old, Jessica qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, making her the youngest member on the Great Britain Olympic team. Even at her first Olympics, Jess only narrowly missed out on a medal, when her relay team finished 5th in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

She then backed up her impressive performance in London, qualifying for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Having learnt from her experiences at the London Olympics, Jess came home with two medals, silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x200m Freestyle relay.

Now with less than a year to go until the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Jess is ready to race and hoping to qualify for the 100m Freestyle to continue on her path towards one day becoming world champion.

We hope to be cheering you on at Rio next year and every step along the way!

Diving into October

Jade in AMANZI Bluebelle

I love to train, I never want to miss a session and it has been no different this month. Oh wait yes it has – it has been even better, as I had an awesome range of swimmers to train in!

With our coach overseas we have had the privilege of training with NSWIS Head Coach and Australian National Coach, Chava Sabrino and his squad. Extra incentive to work hard when you are training right alongside your idols.

Our only planned competition this month was an interclub at SOPAC. I competed in my first Junior B competition of the season on the 1m springboard, finishing 1st, as well as gaining a national qualifying score for next year’s nationals. We are now all working hard in preparation for Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide in November.

This month, I was excited to receive a couple of surprise emails regarding awards. Firstly, I am a recipient of the Local Champions Sporting Grant/Award that I will be receiving next month from Fiona Scott (local MP). Secondly from the CEO of Diving NSW to say that I, along with my NSWIS teammate Ben, had been nominated for an award by the Old Swimmers Union of NSW. So I look forward to attending both these presentations, along with the Diving NSW presentation awards night in the coming weeks.

Until next month,

Jade xx

Welcome to the team Vendula!

Welcome Vendula!

Double Olympian and 8 times national triathlon champion, Vendula Frintova, is the newest member of the AMANZI Girls team and our first athlete from the Czech Republic.  Vendula started in swimming when she was a teenager, but wanting to mix it up, she added cycling and running. From there she fell in love with the sport and has been competing in triathlon for over a decade now.

In 2002, she began competing in the European World Cup series and the following year joined the ITU series, competing on a world scale. Her triathlon career continued to skyrocket from here with many more impressive titles under her belt, including qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and becoming the first woman from the Czech Republic to win an ITU World Cup event at the 2010 Mooloolaba Triathlon.

At Vendula’s Olympic debut at the Beijing Olympics she finished a respectable 23rd place. However, 4 years later at the London 2012 Olympics, Vendula improved upon her previous Olympic performance, finishing 15th. Now, with less than a year to go before Rio 2016, she is hoping to improve upon this placing once again.

We can’t wait to follow Vendula on her Road to Rio!

The Plateau: How to Power through a Rut

Power on

Photo credit – Courtney Home

 

Anyone who has ever trained has experienced the frustration of hitting a plateau. No matter how hard you work, what you eat, how long you sleep, what God you pray to, your time remains stagnant, mocking all of your efforts. The first thing to know is that you are not alone in this experience, and it is in fact, a completely normal thing to run (or swim) into.

Once you’ve gotten past the point of feeling sorry for yourself, it is time to try different methods to get past the plateau. Maybe the first, second or third approach won’t work, but if you continue to try, your efforts are bound to pay off.  Here are a couple of different ways you can work towards improving your time when regular training just doesn’t seem to be cutting it anymore.

1.  Address your Technique

Running, swimming and any sport all have an infinite amount of ways to improve technique. It is a constant process to try to analyse and improve the stroke, stride or whatever else that may be involved. Take the time to really analyse how your body is working when you are training for the sport. It can be invaluable to get an outside opinion on exactly what you may be doing wrong. Or you can have someone record you while you are training, so that you can actually see what you’re doing. Once you have identified what may be the problem, consistently work towards eliminating that bad habit. It is difficult to train our bodies to do something that we are familiar with differently, but the payoff for improving technique can be enormous.

2. Take a Break

For some athletes, the idea of taking a break seems unimaginable. Training day in and day out becomes so ingrained into daily life, that it would seem really odd to have a day of complete rest. Sometimes it can be good to take a day, a week or even a month off of training to let the body and mind take a rest. When you return you may just have the enthusiasm needed to finally get out of that rut you’ve been stuck in for so long.

3.  Embrace the Elements 

The temperature and weather outside have an enormous impact on the way we perform. Not only does the weather impact the muscles, joints and mind, but for outdoor sports, we obviously dress completely differently. Allow for the differences in weather to influence your time in whatever way that they will. When spring rolls around most athletes experience a boost in performance and energy as the warm weather finally graces us with its presence.

4. Remember your Love for the Sport

Remember that it wasn’t a finishing time that got you inspired to start your activity of choice. Try to get back to the root of whatever it is that makes you passionate about you do. When you are feeling frustrated with lack of improvement, just return to the sheer joy that the sport gives you. Ultimately enjoyment is what the name of the game is supposed to be all about –  the competition, teams and training are all just icing on the cake.

Say Hello to our newest AMANZI Girl, Jade

A warm welcome to the newest member of the AMANZI team, New South Wales junior diver, Jade Sweeney. At just 13 years old, Jade already has her sights set on representing Australia at the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.

Jade who has stood out for her talent at such a young age was selected for the NSWIS emerging talent program in 2012. Since then, Jade has continued to excel, winning medals at the Australian Elite Junior Championships and international competitions. Most recently, Jade was nominated for the NewsLocal Junior Sports Star award.

Jade often dives alongside fellow AMANZI Girl, Kennedy Cooper, in synchronised diving competitions. Last year the AMANZI Girls duo came first at the Singapore Diving Nationals Championships in synchronised diving.

AMANZI Diving Duo

Photo credit – Kennedy Cooper

Welcome to the team Jade!

Read the full article here.

Skincare Tips for Swimmers

AMANZI Girl Brooke in Nefertari

Keep your skin glowing like our gorgeous AMANZI Girl, Brooke

 

You may feel like you are half fish when it comes to loving the water, but your skin is telling a different story. It is very important to take care of your skin in and out of the water not only for superficial reasons, but because damaged skin really can prove detrimental to your health. The following skincare tips are for all our swimmers out there who want to make sure they can maintain their fishy lifestyle without damaging their skin.

  1. Sunscreen

If you are swimming outdoors it is imperative that you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. You know all those sunscreens that promise you they won’t come off with sweat or water- they are lying. Make sure to reapply regularly to ensure the effectiveness of the sunscreen. Also, use a sunscreen that doesn’t have dangerous chemicals in it that can cause cancer rather than prevent it.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Dry skin is much more susceptible to damage from chlorine and other elements than hydrated skin. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated. Not to mention, swimmers should be drinking lots of waters anyway!

  1. Chlorine-resistant Swimwear

Swimwear that uses chlorine-resistant fabric will ensure your swimwear doesn’t absorb chlorine then continually rub it against your skin. As a bonus, swimwear built with chlorine-resistant fabric lasts longer. You need look no further than the AMANZI website for chlorine-resistant swimwear, because all of our swimwear is made with chlorine-resistant fabric.

  1. Rinse Swimwear

Rinse your swimwear immediately after every swim session. This will help eliminate any chlorine it may have absorbed during your training session. Besides you also want to get off any dirt or sweat that may have gotten on the swimwear while you were working hard in the pool!

  1. Shower after every Swim Session

Thoroughly wash your skin after every training session. When you use soap and water in a shower it helps ensure that chlorine doesn’t become bound to the skin.

  1. Treat Sensitive Areas

If your skin gets irritation, chaffing or a rash from swimming, make sure to treat the affected area. Putting Vaseline or Paw Paw cream on irritated areas before you swim can help prevent further irritation. Hydrocortisone is great for treating your skin after swim practice to relieve irritation, itching or burning.

  1. Consider Special Lotions

There are many lotions on the market to help treat skin that gets irritated from chlorine. You apply these lotions before you go into the pool to help neutralise the chlorine that comes in contact with your skin.

  1. Moisturise

Constant contact with water takes away our skin’s natural oils. Us swimmers shower, swim, shower, swim, shower, swim, and our skin would beg us to stop it if it had a voice. To help your skin stay hydrated, regularly moisturise after every shower, before bed and throughout the day