TSS Aquatic is the leading age group swimming club in Australia. Operating out of The Southport School, our club comprises of approximately 250 members from both the TSS cohort and wider Gold Coast community.
TSS Aquatic caters for a wide variety of swimmers, both boys and girls from learn to swim through to an elite level. Our highly trained swimming coaches and superb swimmer to coach ratios allows every swimmer to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
The shade at the Western end of the pool has gone up this week – a welcome addition to our outstanding facility.
The swimmers returned to the water this week recharged, refreshed and ready to face the challenges of 2017 – Happy New Year to all.
December 19th after a great week at Queensland States, TSS Aquatic swimmers were straight back into the water – preparing for the next cycle.
The Final Team Results from Queensland States saw the TSS Aquatic take 2nd place with the breakdown seeing claim 1st in the Boys and 4th in the Girls.
Queensland State Championships Day 7
The TSS Aquatic Team rounded off a ground breaking week with a tremendous performance, on the Final Day of the 2016 Queensland Championships, winning eight medals, our biggest single medal haul of the week.
* Laura Taylor destroyed the field in the Girls 17-18yrs 200 Fly to win Gold in 2.11.66. She followed this with a bold best time and new Club Record, to take Silver in the 100 Freestyle (56.88) only 30 minutes later.
* Noah Robinson also did the double winning Bronze Medals in both the 100 Backstroke (1.23.12) and 200 IM (2.56.39).
* Charlotte Mitchell claimed her second Gold of the week in the Girls 15yrs 100 Fly (1.02.06).
* Sean Arthur stormed to Silver in the very next race stopping the clock in 57.80 (Boys 15yrs 100 Fly).
* The podium was swamped with TSS Aquatic Swimmers in the Boys 16yrs 200 Backstroke as Connor O'Neil won Silver (2.09.68) and Braydon Laviolette took Bronze (2.11.53).
On day seven of the competition attitude is everything and nobody personifies 'The TSS Aquatic attitude' better than today's SWIM OF THE DAY winner Scott Goadby. In his penultimate swim for the Team before he heads back to Scotland for University, he smashed his previous best in the Boys 17-18yrs 100 Freestyle, finishing in 52.45. A bittersweet moment for the whole Team - delighted to see him improve and sad to see him go.
In 2016 he was House Captain; Head Border and GPS Swimming Captain, balancing all these roles while succeeding academcially and in the water. A fantastic example of someone combining the highest standard of swimming and most importantly education, he is a fine role model to our Junior Swimmers showing it is possible to combine high level sport and school!
The TSS Aquatic Team worked together as one unit this week and the Senior Swimmers led from the front. The connection they have with the Junior Swimmers is organic and fueled by genuine interest. The interaction throughout the week has a huge influence on the younger swimmers.
Earlier in the week, the TSS Aquatic Team won its first World Championship Medals as Kiah Melverton and David Morgan brought back one Silver and four Bronze Medals from the World Short Course Championships in Canada. A feat so impressive that Coach Chris Nesbit was awarded the Don Talbot Medal for the Coach with the best performing athletes on the National Team.
Chris always reinforces the significance of swimmers swimming best times during weeks like these and then the importance of swimming faster in finals. Both of these things are in your control. You cannot control the Medals and your competitors but you can control your performance. This week has seen by far and away the biggest improvement in the TSS Aquatic Swimmers taking control of their individual performances. From the moment the swimmers walked through the door to the time they left the pool deck they have been in complete control displaying independence, initiative, maturity and resilience. This top level attitude has been applied consistently from preparing to race, racing and recovering and consistently through the week. Consistency is a key part of improving performance.
The most crucial statistic, however, is the 64% of personal best times in the Age Group swims. This is something the Coaching Staff are excited about and truly proud of. The reason to separate the the Open Events is because the Club is now at a standard where Open Swimmers use Queensland States to prepare for their next cycle of training and while best times are excellent - they are not always expected.
Finally, we set a new standard for swimmers going faster heats to finals. A whopping 78% Liam always refers to a conversation in 2010 with Australian Swimming Legend Don Talbot who stressed the significance of swimmers learning at an early age to swim faster in finals. This has formed a key tenant of the TSS Aquatic philosophy and is an imperative concept the swimmers are continually educated on. To achieve this standard swimmers have to develop a great attitude, concentrate and be resilient throughout the week in a nutshell - TSS Aquatic at their best.
The 2016 Queensland Championships has been our greatest ever personal best percentage and and our greatest percentage of swimmers going quicker heats to final which can only mean more exciting things to come for the TSS Aquatic Team this season.
Queensland State Championships Day 6
Thursday was the perfect analogy for what TSS Aquatic represents...perseverance; resilience and urgency.
Six long days into the competition and the energy and positive attitude on poolside was simply outstanding and the swimmers stood out way above the norm. Maintaining your discipline and practicing your processes perfectly is a big challenge the longer the competition goes but the TSS Aquatic Team sets high standards.
These standards are driven by High Performance Coach Chris Nesbit who this week received one of the most prestigious coaching awards in Australia. The Don Talbot Medal is awarded to the Coach with the best performing athlete or athletes on the Australian Team. Following David Morgan and Kiah Melverton's outstanding performances at the World Short Course Championships this was awarded to Chris - well done Chris - richley deserved.
Today's swimming saw the Team win a fantastic 7 medals.
* Silver: Charlotte Mitchell Girls 15yrs 200 Freestyle (2.02.26)
* Silver: Luke Parrish Boys 15yrs 200 Freestyle (1.56.22)
* Silver: Noah Robinson Boys 13-14 200 Freestyle (2.40.21)
* Bronze: Josh Hardess Boys 15yrs 200 Breaststroke (2.31.42)
* Bronze: Kalani Skipps Boys 14 yrs 100 Backstroke (1.03.45)
* Bronze: Madi Armstrong Girls 16 yrs 100 Fly (1.03.14)
* Bronze: Connor O'Neil Boys 16 yrs 200 IM (2.12.46)
The TSS Aquatic Team were awesome today, stepping up massively. Swimmers made huge drops from previous bests; went quicker from heats to final; climbed the ranking; won medals; supported each other and created a positive atmosphere on the sixth day of a lengthy competition. SWIM OF THE DAY, however, is Connor O'Neil for his brave Bronze in the Boys 16 yrs 200IM. Connor started the day with a huge personal best in the 100 fly and followed it with another massive best time in the 200 IM, only forty-five minutes later. His swim in the final lowered his best time again and completed a tough day of racing. This is significant because it highlights the way TSS Aquatic develops their swimmers towards the long term goal of Senior Swimming. Athletes need to practice the ability to compete in multiple events at a high level and be confident they have done the training to cope with back to back races at a very high standard. Connor showed confidence in his ability to achieve and smashed his previous best - twice!
Queensland State Championships Day 5
TSS Aquatic continued their fine tradition of getting stronger as the meet goes on, raking in five medals on Day Five.
Our Team of well prepared and resilient swimmers are able to compete to the highest standard day after day and it is no accident. Charlotte Mitchell won Gold in the 15 yrs Girls 400 Freestyle, forging an early lead and surging away from the field to touch first in 4.18.51.
The SWIM OF THE DAY came in the very next race, Luke Parrish stormed back in the last 100m of the 15yrs Boys 400 Freestyle to grab Bronze in 4.06.17. A very impressive performance, improving five seconds from heats to final - having already destroyed his previous best in the heat. Developing swimmers requires patience on behalf of swimmer, parent and coach as well as consistency of training and of effort. Luke is consistently one of the top trainers at the Club and was rewarded for his hard efforts with an enourmous 15 second drop today.
Once again Laura Taylor stepped up and swam faster in the final of the 17-18yrs Girls 100 Fly taking a Bronze in 1.01.02. Noah Robinson opened his multi-class programme with a Silver Medal in the 400 Freestyle (5.28.95) and a Bronze in the 100 Fly (1.18.62).
Two days of racing left, time to hit top gear and finish the week strong!
Queensland State Championships Day 4
Day Four exploded into action with both Laura Taylor (Women's Open 200 Fly 2.11.25) and Max Osborn (Boys 16yrs 1500 Freestyle 15.35.26) both winning excellent Gold Medals. Max stepped up again, following last night's tremendous 400 Freestyle, swimming six seconds faster than his previous best.
Braydon Laviolette won his first ever State Long Course Medal and dipped under the 60 second barrier for the first time claiming Silver in the Boys 16yrs 100 Back (59.93). Maddy Gough went one better and won two Silver Medals in the 800 Freestyle (8.40.88) taking Silver in both the 17-18yrs Girls and Opens age groups.
Josh Tierney (Opens Mens 200 IM 2.06.14), Emma Robinson (Open Womens 800 Freestyle), Cooper Van Der Laan (17-18yrs Boys 200 Breaststroke 2.20.49) and Charlotte Mitchell (15yrs Girls 800 Freestyle 8.53.15) all won Bronze Medals making this the biggest medal haul of the week so far.
SWIM OF THE DAY goes to Laura Taylor for an excellent 200 Fly, taking down Olympic Finalist Brianna Throssell on the way to winning her first Open Title.
The TSS Aquatic Team raced through 12 finals in the first 50 minutes - this certainly kept the coaching staff busy - but was only possible because of the attitude and independence displayed by the swimmers. TSS Aquatic Swimmers are given the opportunity to learn about, execute and influence their racing protocols and processes. Individual responsibility and understanding accelerates the rate our swimmers develop and allows them to feel in control of what they are doing. On hectic nights like this evening they are then able to calmly execute their race routine and still perform to their best.
Queensland State Championships Day 3
Day Three had a Silver lining for the TSS Aquatic Team at Chandler, winning four second places:
* Grayson Bell (Open Mens 100 Breaststroke 1.01.82)
* Sean Arthur (15yrs Boys 200 Fly 2.07.01)
* Max Osborn (16yrs Boys 400 Freestyle 4.00.04)
* James Rutherford (16yrs Boys 100 Breaststroke 1.07.38)
All four boys making big strides forwards and lowering their previous best times.
Zach Maher (15yrs Boys 100 Freestyle 53.49) and Charlotte Mitchell (15yrs Girls 200 Fly 2.18.62) improved significantly from Heats to Finals to win Bronze Medals.
SWIM OF THE DAY goes to Max Osborn for his huge three second best time in the 400m Freestyle. In a hectic Finals Session, the Races were running ahead of schedule but TSS Aquatic educate their swimmers to be aware of their surroundings and to always be prepared. Without fuss, Max calmly adjusted his preparation, stayed in control of a potentially stressful situation and was, therefore, still able to execute his race plan perfectly - smashing his previous best time and charging home to win Silver. Max displayed the calm and confident maturity that is nutured at TSS Aquatic where swimmers are given the tools to become responsible for their individual swimming career.
Queensland State Championships Day 2
Day 2 of the Championships is the beginning of the individual events and TSS Aquatic started with a flurry of Medals. Laura Taylor and Maddy Gough dominated the 17-18yrs Girls 400m Freestyle taking Gold and Silver. Laura in 4.14.89 and Maddy 4.15.32.
Further Silver Medals were won by Dom Richardson (Open Mens 100 fly 54.51), Josh Tierney (Open Mens 200 breaststroke 2.15.15), Maddie Armstrong (16yrs Girls 200 fly 2.16.70) and Max Osborn (16yrs Boys 200 fly 2.04.66). Savannah Van Nieuwburg (Girls 15yrs 200 backstroke 2.23.23) and William Pulley (Mens 17 and over 400IM 4.32.20) cored Bronze Medals.
The SWIM OF THE DAY, however, becomes SWIMMER OF THE DAY and goes to Braydon Laviolette for his cumlative efforts in the 400IM, 100 Freestyle and Finals Session. From start to finish today, Braydon consistently displayed the attitude, discipline, intiative and independence that epitomises the 'TSS Aquatic way' of developing swimmers. He annihilated his previous best in the 400 IM (-11 secs) and then thirty mintues later took 5 seconds off his 100m Freestyle time, showing great organisation and discipline to perform to such a high standard twice in a very short space of time. He returned for the Finals Session as 1st reserve for the 400IM but was fully focused and prepared, warming up as if he was the top seed - precisely the attitude demanded by the coaching staff.
Looking forward to the challenge of Day Three!
Queensland State Championships Day 1
The 2016 Queensland State Championships got off to a roaring start with strong relay performances across the Age Groups.
Following hot on the heels of David Morgan (100 fly) and Kiah Melverton (800 freestyle) securing Bronze medals at the World Championships, TSS Aquatic's Open Mens 4 x 50 Medley Relay surged to Gold in the first race of the day. Jake Kersten (26.51), Grayson Bell (27.95), Dom Richardson (24.10) and Buster Sykes (23.64) stormed home in the SWIM OF THE DAY to win in 1.42.20.
The Boys 16 and under Team also truimphed in the Medley Relay touching first in 1.48.33 following strong performances from Connor O'Neil (28.13), Koen Overton (30.77), Max Osborn (25.69) and Zach Maher (23.74).
Continuing our strength in the Medley events the Boys 14 and under Team claimed Bronze in 1.57.73. Kalani Skipps (29.36), Zackeri Joyce (32.95), Ryan King (29.38) and Ben Reilly (26.04). The Girls 16 and under won a Freestyle Bronze led out by Stella Cole (26.95), Tahlia Dilkes (27.15), Charlotte Mitchell (27.19) and Megan Bogatie (27.33).
6 days of Individual racing begins tomorrow - bring it on!