Thu, March 29, 2018

Sheldon College Head Swimming Coach, Alex Jordan, was thrilled to host three swimming coaches from Team Scotland in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, at Sheldon College this week.  Sheldon Academy of Sport Junior, Intermediate and Senior Squad swimmers had the privilege of learning from the world-renowned coaches as they were put through their paces during the training session on Tuesday.

Team Scotland Swimming Coach, Ian Wright, is currently in Australia working with the Scottish Swim Team in preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. With the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony only a week away, Ian generously took time out of his busy schedule to run a training session at Sheldon College on Tuesday afternoon.  Ian Wright was also accompanied by fellow Team Scotland coaches, Ally White, Director of Performance for Scottish Swimming and Neil Shanks, National Physical Preparation Lead for Scottish Swimming.

Ian Wright has been coaching national and international level swimmers for 20 years. Wright is presently the Head Performance Swimming Coach for the City of Glasgow Swim Team, one of the leading programmes in Scotland and the UK.

Wright has coached on many international teams for both Scotland and Great Britain and has guided multiple swimmers to success at European and World Championships as well as at Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

It was Wright’s first time at Sheldon College and he commented, “The facilities here are amazing and I am really taken aback by them. Not many places in the UK have the facilities you have here and I think it would be fantastic for any child to come to this school.”

Sheldon College Year 10 student, Jamie Jack, an up and coming swim star who won Silver in the 50m freestyle at last week’s Queensland School Sport Swimming Championships said, “It is an amazing opportunity to get access to world-class swim coaching on my home turf, at school and with our swim squad. The   training tips were helpful and I might even pass some of them on to my sister, Shayna, who is swimming for Team Australia at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games!”

Before the training session, Wright encouraged squad swimmers to be patient with their development and said, “It’s not something you can rush, it takes time and obviously some children develop faster than others. Work hard and listen to your coach, pay attention and do what the coach tells you. If you stick to that and attend training, you should go far.”

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in sight, the swimming medal table was naturally a hot topic of discussion. Wright said of the medal table, “Australia will obviously be the big favourite on home turf and they usually dominate the medal table. We would expect that to continue, but I think Scotland has a great chance in quite a few events and we have some swimmers who are ranked to make medals, so we hope we can convert that on the day. Our hope is that we can match what we got in medals at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.”

In another outstanding swimming achievement, Sheldon College graduate, Liam Hunter (2014 Alumni), will swim for Team Australia in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.