Nagaoka city meet with Australian Dolphins athletes
The city of Nagaoka in Niigata has hosted the Australian Dolphins swimming team since 2018 for training camps in Japan. Unfortunately, with the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic games, the Dolphins were not able to go to Nagaoka last year as originally planned.
Despite these difficult times, Nagaoka city continues to deepen relations with Australia. In October, a local primary school participated in the Australian Olympic Committee’s Australian Olympic Connect Tomodachi 2020 Pilot program. Local junior swimmers and students from primary schools in Nagaoka also had the chance to meet Australian swimmers through online engagement.
3 November 2020 | Up and coming swimmers and coaches
Swimming Australia: Rohan Taylor, Head Coach and Michael Bohl, Coach
Local junior swimmers met with Dolphins Coaches Rohan Taylor and Michael Bohl for online swimming instruction. The Dolphins’ coaches analysed the swimmers’ videos and proposed how to improve their technique. Mr Taylor said “We are grateful for this opportunity to continue our friendship. We look forward to going to Nagaoka next year ”
4 November 2020 | Shingumi Primary School
Swimming Australia: Mitchell Larkin (2016 Rio Silver Medalist)
Year six students at Shingumi Primary School met online with Australian 2016 Rio Silver Medallist, Mitchell Larkin. Students introduced the great things about Nagaoka and asked him questions in English. Mitchell commented that the students spoke very good English, and that he wanted to do his best at the Tokyo Olympic games in 2021.
26 November 2020 | Kanda Primary School
Swimming Australia: Jessica Hansen (2019 FINA World Championship Silver Medallist)
Year five students at Kanda Primary School met online with Australian swimmer, Jessica Hansen (2019 FINA World Championship Silver Medallist). Students introduced famous food and places to visit in Nagaoka. Jessica responded to the students “I’d like to visit the places you introduced to me next year in Nagaoka”.
1 December 2020 | Urase Primary School
Swimming Australia: Jenna Strauch (2019 FINA World Championships)
Year six students at Urase Primary School met online with Australian swimmer Jenna Strauch (2019 FINA World Championships). Students asked Jenna about her swimming training regime in English, and they sang the Australian national anthem which they had practiced especially for the occasion. Jenna commented that she would like to meet the students again in Nagaoka next year.
2 December 2020 | Suyoshi Primary school
Swimming Australia: Ariarne Titmus (2019 FINA World Championships Gold Medallist)
Year five students from Suyoshi Primary School met with Ariarne Titmus (2019 FINA World Championships Gold Medallist). Students introduced great aspects about Japan and Nagaoka, and asked questions to Ariarne in English. Ariarne spoke to the students about fulfilling goals and dreams, even through these difficult times of COVID.