Aspiring Asian Swimmers join in Thanyapura Swim Championship

Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC) Phuket will host the 2013 Thanyapura Long Course Swim Championships on March 30-31. The competition will take place at Thanyapura’s Olympic standard Aquatics Centre, and has attracted rising stars from Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and mainland China to compete alongside local swimmers.

“We are excited to be hosting yet another of Asia’s sporting events aimed at young people here at Thanyapura, we really believe in inspiring the young athletes of today in their pursuit of sporting excellence and that is exactly what is achieved by hosting these kind of international events, says Thanyapura President Robert Hauck. “We are proud to be drawing worldwide attention to Phuket, strengthening Thailand’s global reputation as a major sports destination.”

The 16 teams competing include Alice Smith School from Malaysia, RP Swimming League from the Philippines, the Hong Kong clubs comprising Coast Aquatics, Select Athletes, Ladies Recreational Club, Excel Sports and ISFA, Shanghai-based Champion Swim Club and Concordia International School as well as Dulwich Colleges Shanghai and Beijing from mainland China, and Thai teams including, Bangkok Dolphins, International School of Samui and local Phuket teams Fighting Fish, Silverfinz and Team Extreme.

The event has attracted some of the biggest sports names in the Asia-Pacific region, including ex-coach of the Australian Swim Team and former Director of Swimming at the Singapore Swimming Association John Dempsey, who has previously coached a number of high profile swimmers such as 200m fly world record holder Jessica Schipper.

Presenting the awards will be well-respected coach, Roly Crichton from England who is now based in New Zealand and has coached one of the most successful Paralympic swimmers of all time, Sophie Pascoe, winner of 6 gold and 4 silver medals at the Beijing and London Olympics. Crichton now works with many international triathletes and top swimmers including Olympic triathletes Andrea Hewitt, Laurant Vidal, Tony Moulai and Kris Gemmel.

“We will be seeing some really promising swimmers here at the Aquatics Academy, including 13 year old Francesca Ho Ching Leung from Hong Kong who is a very exciting up and coming swimmer leading the way in all of her events,” says Thanyapura Director of Aquatics, Simon Jones.

Several of the clubs from Hong Kong including Coast Aquatics, Select Athletes, Ladies Recreational Club, Excel Sports and ISFA will all be extending their stays at Thanyapura to make use of the renowned facilities and state of the art equipment at the Aquatics Academy to hone their athletic skills further.

Amongst the teams taking part will be the Aquatics Academy’s own resident junior swim team Silverfinz, as well as TSLC’s CSR project Team Extreme – six young aspiring athletes from local schools Banbangtao and Thalang who receive swim lessons several times a week to help them achieve their sporting goals which include competing in the Long Course Swim Championship, their debut swim race.