Elite Swimmer Jenna Forrester Climbs out of the training pool in her AMANZI 1pc

2020 So Far | How Life Has Changed for an Elite Swimmer

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jenna Forrester and basically, I love to swim. Particularly the 400 IM and 200 Freestyle. If you were to ask me what my favourite swimsuit is though, that would be a bit tougher to answer. I adore all of my AMANZI togs, but I would have to say my favourite would be the Coral Camo 1 piece. I wear it to almost every session.

“If I had a dollar for every time I wore these togs 💸💸” – Jenna Forrester (Right)

Recently, my year and sport itself has changed dramatically, as it has for lots of people. Currently, we can’t go to swimming training and competition has been postponed or cancelled. Although this is upsetting, it’s important to look at the positives. First of all, sleep ins! I’ve been a part of a Junior Australian team for 3 years and haven’t had a break from the sport for a long time – meaning constant 4am wakeups, day-in, day-out! Now, I have the chance to sleep in and actually get some rest for once.

The current situation we are in also means we get to experience other forms of training that we wouldn’t have previously tried. To keep up my strength and fitness, I am embracing my inner triathlete! I am running, using my parents’ bikes and doing some swimming in my backyard pool (I had to get creative and tie myself to a tree so I could do some stationary swimming). I am also using my sister’s gym equipment to do some strength exercises.

It’s been eat, sleep, swim, repeat for Jenna, who has been working hard over the last few years to prep for events like the 2019 Budapest FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

Some advice I would give to other swimmers during this time is to stay active. Just because you can’t train normally, doesn’t mean you can’t find other things to enjoy. I know it can be a challenge because swimming takes up so much time, but it is really useful to keep yourself occupied and still challenge yourself mentally and physically to keep you healthy and happy. This can be achieved though trying other forms of exercise, such as running or walking, or just challenging yourself through picking up a new skill, such as knitting, drawing or learning a new language.

With swim training postponed during isolation, Jenna has been embracing her inner triathlete and included running and cycling in her training routine to keep her fitness up. Jenna’s advice to us all: Stay Active!

Normally, swimming and school takes up a lot of time
my day, so in isolation I’ve been left to figure out what to do with myself. I’ll admit, I have been quite bored on some days – but most of the time I’ve been able to entertain myself in a variety of ways. My favourite things to kill some time are binge watching TV shows like the office or gossip girl, playing cards with my family, watching TikTok, helping my mum run her
business, practicing makeup, occasionally doing some school work… and lots of online shopping! (would not recommend this one and I really need to stop – I am running out of money, and very quickly!). Let me know if you can think of anything else to do during isolation!

This is definitely not how I thought I would be spending my time in 2020. This year was meant to be a big year not just for me but in the world of sport. It was supposed to be an Olympic year, meaning I would have been competing in Olympic Trials, gaining experience. Also, it was my final year to be a part of the Junior Australian Team. It was a big goal for me to make it this year, and try to come close to, or medal at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships that were meant to be held in August. However, this has had to be scratched from the agenda. It’s important not to let these changes get you down, though! Now, I have my sights set on getting back into training, when it is safe to do so, and shifting my focus onto bigger things. As I am now out of the Junior program, I will be concentrating on
making senior teams, groups and camps – whether that be in the near future or a while ahead. Also, as this is my final year in school, I’ll be focusing on staying on top of work and doing my best in my assessments. Plus, just for fun, I am learning to sew so I can start upcycling clothes and altering them! I hope you’re all staying safe and well, and taking this extra time to experience new things, too.

Lots of Love, Jenna x