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 TSS Aquatic Team kicked off 2017 with three days of exciting racing in the Open Water in Adelaide.
Up first, was the challenging 10km event, a huge mental test where athletes must show resilience and persistence to succeed in the 2 hour marathon swim. Kai Edwards finished 3rd, claiming his first Senior National Medal and Lachlan Colquhoun finshed 4th. Both swimmers will now travel as part of a team of four Australians to a World Cup in Abu Dabi for a shot at qualifying for the World Championships in Hungary in July 2017.
In the Women’s 10km swim Bianca Crisp was the first TSS Aquatic swimmer to finish, a very credible 5th Australian. Alessandra Colombini and Madisyn Armstrong were not far behind finishing in 7th and 10threspectively.
Saturday was a rest day for the Senior Swimmers and saw the Age Group Swimmers tackle the 7.5km event. There were further strong performances from the TSS Aquatic Team the highlight being James Otley-Doe’s 4th place finish in the 15yrs Boys.
The 5km was the final race of the weekend on Sunday with swimmers competing in a Time Trial format, being set off individually at thirty second intervals. This type of racing presents different opportunities and swimmers must learn how to chase; challenge; fight; lead and defend. Max Osborn finished 10th in the Mens Open event and Madysin Armstrong won Bronze in the Girls 16yrs. Bianca Crisp won Gold securing the top place in the Girls 17/18yrs.
Swim of the Meet goes to Kiah Melverton for an outstanding 5km Time Trial. Buoyed by her Bronze medal (800 freestyle) in the pool at the World Short Course Championships in December, Kiah took to the ocean with purpose and belief. She annihilated the field, finishing 1min 16seconds ahead of her closest rival to seal victory and selection for the 2017 World Championships. A performance so strong, she was only beaten by eight swimmers in the Men’s event. Kiah becomes the first TSS Aquatic Swimmer to qualify for the 2017 World Championships Team, a fantastic achievement.
This was a race straight out of the TSS Aquatic mould – preparation, preparation, preparation. Training hard all week, Kiah had to execute her warmup process and mental preparation with urgency and more thoroughly to be ready to compete. She hit the start line fully prepared and was able to race aggressively and positively. Winning in some style, she perfectly encapsulated the Chris Nesbit (High Performance Coach) mantra of focusing on the process and therefore enabling the result to take care of itself. Learning how to execute and be independently in control of this process is crucial for athletes if they want to progress.