Recently, AISHK was very fortunate to have Australian Olympian Samantha Riley visit our school, where she mentored and spoke with our swim squad students. Samantha won three medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics and is also well known for setting a world record in 1994 for the 100 metre event at the World Championships.
During a Q and A session, Samantha imparted some invaluable advice to our aspiring swimmers. Samantha began swimming as a way to combat asthma at an early age, and was able to share her wealth of knowledge in overcoming struggles and setbacks leading up to a competition.
When students asked what advice she would give to those thinking about taking up swimming, or wanting to improve their existing skills, Samantha emphasised not to “just turn up and do the motions. If you’re going to turn up and get dressed for it, then give it all you’ve got when you’re at the pool.”
She gave her insight into the importance of thinking rationally during a competition, making every race an enjoyable experience itself. “It’s very normal to get nervous before a competition…you might get nervous before an exam and in many sort of things, but that just means you really want to do well.”
When asked about her thoughts on our very own Aquatic Centre, Samantha complimented on the beautiful views and atmosphere of our pool. “This is a pool I would be very happy to train in, so you guys are really lucky to have this on your doorstep”
Samantha now operates five swim schools across Brisbane, aiming to make swimming safe for children ranging from six months old to 11 years old. “We are focusing on water safety and making sure that children can have that skill for life”.