DSA Swimmers participate at Asia-Pac Super Splash and WA State Age Swimming Championships
The 2019 Asia-Pac Super Splash two day Swim Meet was held in Perth, Western Australia on 14-15 December. The Meet is an international event to provide emerging swimmers an opportunity to represent their country. Open to swimmers aged 9 years to Open, this event beckoned the young swimmers of DSA to have their taste of overseas competitive participation.
A small team of DSA swimmers and coaches arrived at the world-class HBF Stadium sport complex, which is the only venue to host two FINA World Swimming Championships in Australia. The Stadium 3 Olympic size pools, one indoor and two outdoor are built to cater high-performance use, and has geothermal heating system to ensure the pools are heated to 27 degrees centigrade all year round. The temperature outside however was a blistering 41degrees, something the DSA swimmers were not exposed to and had to take the immense heat in their stride. The training sessions in the heat was very hot for the swimmers but they had the opportunity to train in both the outdoor and indoor environments. The hosts were very welcoming and that helped the swimmers stay focused on their events. The oppressive heat did not affect their performances as the swimmers won a host of medals to bring home.
The tally included Georgene Wee Ee Jern with 6 Golds, 3 Silvers, 1 Bronze; Jerriel Lau – 5 Golds & 4 Silvers; Adam Jeffrey Dillon – 5 Golds & 4 Silvers; Atticus Ng – 5 Golds & 3 Bronzes; Ianna Tan – 2 Silvers & 2 Bronze, Ng Gha Yuan -1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze; Lim Qi Feng – 2 Bronzes and Benjamin Marc Vijayaratne and Hayley Ng Ee Mun with 1 Bronze each.
The Sunsmart WA State Age Swimming Championships was at a higher level than the Asia-Pac Meet with the events having multiple Heats and Finals. Held between 20-23 December at the HBF Stadium, the Meet had the best swimmers from Western Australia competing and the DSA Swimmers did exceedingly well to reach the finals. Georgene Wee, Adam Jeffrey Dillon and Atticus Ng were the swimmers with Atticus Ng – 4th place in 100m breaststroke and 200m IM; Georgene Wee – 6th place in 800m Free style, 7th in 200m Breaststroke and Adam Jeffrey Dillon – 5th 100m Butterfly (broke the 1:00 for first time). Zadrian Chan Zhi-Weng won the top spot in 50m, 100m Freestyle and Backstroke Multi-Class event (a para event). It was a bit overwhelming and nervousness played on the swimmers as they competed in this high level of competition, but there was plenty to take back from this even for the young DSA swimmers. Overall, it was great exposure for the small group of swimmers and in addition to the enjoyable time it was an immense experience to participate in such international level Meets. All the best for the New Year 2020 Team DSA and many more international Meets to win.