Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice will provide training advice for talented juniors in an online program.
Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice will provide training advice for talented juniors in an online program.

Pooling young talent online

FAR North Coast swimming coaches have backed local kids to join a new online swim squad program set up by triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice that includes training videos and nutritional information.

Ten swimmers under 18 will be selected to be personally mentored by Rice for six months.

"It's very exciting to be part of a mentoring program and it will hopefully encourage young kids to strive to become accomplished swimmers," Rice said this week.

"This is an opportunity for me to share my swimming experiences in a format which has never been done before."

Kids under 13 wanting to register for the swim squad program will have to go via their parents' Facebook page.

"We as coaches know that our young athletes no longer just rely on their parents or coaches for the best way to achieve success," Lismore Workers Swim Team coach Gary Dardengo said.

"These days there are countless resources our athletes can use."

Ballina Indoor Swim Team Peter Charlton can also see the benefits of online coaching by an Olympic swimmer.

"You always look for something that will interest kids and give them some feedback," he said.

Applications for the online swim squad will close on January 20.



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