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Fraser-Holmes racking up the training hours for Olympic dream

THERE was no feasting on Christmas Day for Newcastle swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes. No turkey, no chocolates and definitely no pudding. Instead the 24-year-old was completing his annual Christmas challenge of 100 laps of a 100-metre pool at his Gold Coast base in Miami. The sacrifice had a clear purpose – to continue building his body towards an Olympic medal at Rio. Full Story on the Newcastle Herald here  

By |2016-01-22T00:11:25+00:00January 22nd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Tommaso D’Orsogna completes degree before focusing on Rio Olympics

TOMMASO D’Orsogna will start this week in togs and ­goggles before trading them for a gown and mortar board. The Brisbane-based West Australian has completed a bachelor of science at Australian National University, wrapped around a London Olympic campaign and ­multiple world championships. Full Story on the Courier Mail here

By |2015-12-23T01:47:25+00:00December 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

Matt Abood Swim Clinic

Matt Abood is a senior member of the Australian Swim Team and this year competed in his forth World Championships in Kazan, Russia. In 2011 Matt was a member of the GOLD winning 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team at the World Championships. GOLD was achieved again with the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Along with his achievements and knowledge of swimming, Matt has a leadership role on the Australian Team responsible for mentoring younger swimmers. During the Matt Abood Swim Clinic Matt will share some of his experiences as well as work with the participants to improve their starts, turns and stroke. The Clinic will target Stroke Correction, Starts, Turns, Strength and Day to Day Training Management. Timetable 12 & 13 December 2015 Session for 8-11 year olds 9am Registration for age group 8-11 9:30am Introduction and Briefing 9:45am Pool Session Commences 11:30am Session Concludes Session for 12-15 year olds 12:30pm Registration for age group 12-15 1pm Introduction and Briefing 1:45pm Pool Session Commences 3pm Session Concludes MATT ABOOD SWIM CLINIC - 12 & 13 December 2015 Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre - Morgan Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 *Price $90.00 incl. GST *Payment arrangements will be made once registration has been received. To register please download the following link Web version: Click here Print version: Click here

By |2018-08-28T04:15:52+00:00November 16th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Arena expands its Australian stable with Thomas Fraser-Holmes

Tolentino, 23 January 2014 – Arena, one of the world’s leading brands in aquatic sports, continues to grow its Australian presence through a new sponsorship deal with exciting freestyle and medley talent Thomas Fraser-Holmes. The 23-year-old from Newcastle, New South Wales, is the current Commonwealth and Pan Pacific 200 freestyle champion. Hailing from a country with a long line of champions in 200 freestyle, over the past few years Fraser-Holmes has emerged as one of Australia’s biggest hopes for Rio 2016 in his signature event. Having started winning international medals as an 18-year-old at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, he pushed on to finals at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships before realizing the podium success in 2014 that his talent has promised. In July he snagged the gold medal at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, and a month later did the same at the Pan Pacific Championships in his home base on the Australian Gold Coast, beating an impressive field in the process. His 1:45.08 title in Glasgow remains the world’s fastest time of the year. He has also transferred his promise to the Australian 4x200 free relay team, which won gold medals at both 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, and bronze medals at the 2010 and 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. While 200 freestyle is currently Fraser-Holmes’ strongest event, the 400 individual medley is not far behind, displaying similar growth and results. Following his fifth-placed finish at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he went on to finals appearances in London and Barcelona, before picking up his first major 400 IM medal – a silver – at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A month later he finished one place out of the medals at the Pan Pacific [...]

By |2018-08-28T04:15:53+00:00January 15th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Arena expands its Australian stable with Thomas Fraser-Holmes

Gold Coast swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes skips world short course champs with an eye on Rio

SOMETIMES less is more when it comes to preparation in elite swimming. This is the approach that Thomas Fraser-Holmes took in his decision to remove himself from contention for the world short course championships next month with an eye to ensuring he is in the best position possible to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Author Jack Harbour Full Story on Gold Coast Bulletin here

By |2014-11-21T02:13:29+00:00November 21st, 2014|News|Comments Off on Gold Coast swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes skips world short course champs with an eye on Rio

Sleep HQ – Sleep Optimization Seminar

Overview Sleep has important biological and psychological functions regarding physiological processes, learning, memory and cognition. An individual’s sleep history has a marked impact on their daytime functioning. Restricting sleep to less than 6 h per night for four or more consecutive nights has been shown to impair physical performance, cognitive performance, decision-making, judgement, emotional intelligence, mood, appetite regulation and immune function. This has led to the recommendation that adults should obtain 8 h of sleep per night for optimal health, well-being and performance. Recent evidence suggests that 96% of Australian’s (of a survey of 13,089 individuals) report waking up tired. Poor sleep can be caused by numerous factors including: stress, anxiety, shift-work, jet-jag, poor routines, computer/phone use, caffeine intake and a poor sleeping environment. Individuals with high degrees of cognitive rumination and worry experience longer sleep latencies and poorer sleep quality. The impact of poor sleep on both the individual and the workplace is significant. Sleep-deprived individuals demonstrate increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, increased errors and increased illness. This seminar will outline to participants the importance of sleep for physical and psychological well-being, what may disturb sleep and practical strategies to enhance sleep Seminar Content 1. All You Need to Know About Sleep This section provides a basic understanding of the importance of sleep. When an individual has awareness of the importance of sleep and the reasons why people may not sleep well, adherence to recommendations for improving sleep is greater. Importance of sleep- the reasons why sleep is critical to psychological and physical health. Consequences of sleep deprivation- description of what happens to performance, mood, cognition (etc) when an individual is sleep deprived. Benefits of additional sleep- outline the improvements individuals can expect with enhanced [...]

By |2018-08-28T04:15:53+00:00November 7th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Sleep HQ – Sleep Optimization Seminar

Sally Hunter Swim Clinic

18 & 19 December 2014 Marion Swim Centre (Marion Outdoor Pool) Oaklands Road (Corner Hendrie Street)Park Holme SA 5043 Olympic Swimmer, Sally Hunter will be joined by teammates from the Australian Swim Team to coach and inspire. Olympic Swimmer, Sally Hunter will be joined by teammates from the Australian Swim Team to coach and inspire. A SILVER MEDALLIST in the 200m Breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, Sally has once again proved that age is no barrier for this determined lady. To top the games off, Sally was part of the GOLD winning 4 x 100m Medley Relay team as a heat swimmer. Finishing 7th in the 200m breaststroke at the World Championships, Barcelona 2013 and 8th at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Sally continues to produce personal best times. Sally is working towards World Championships in Russia 2015. The Clinic will target Stroke Correction, Starts, Turns, Strength and Day to Day Training Management. Timetable 18 & 19 December 2014 Session for 8-11 year olds 9am Registration for age group 8-11 9:30am Introduction and Briefing 9:45am Pool Session Commences 11:30am Session Concludes Session for 11-15 year olds 12:30pm Registration for age group 11-15 1pm Introduction and Briefing 1:45pm Pool Session Commences 3pm Session Concludes To register please download the following link Web version: Click here Print version: Click here

By |2018-08-28T04:15:53+00:00October 31st, 2014|News|Comments Off on Sally Hunter Swim Clinic

At last, Fraser-Holmes restores Australian pride in 200m freestyle

FOR the first time in a decade, an Australian man seems certain to finish the year as the world’s No 1 ranked 200m freestyler. Ian Thorpe was the last Australian to lead the world in the event, after winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games, and Tom Fraser-Holmes is now likely to be the next. Author Nicole Jeffery Full Story on The Australian here

By |2018-08-28T04:15:53+00:00October 23rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on At last, Fraser-Holmes restores Australian pride in 200m freestyle

Tom Fraser-Holmes on the trail of Aussie tradition as 2014 King of the 200 Freestyle

From a land that produced the likes of Frederick Lane, Michael Wenden, Duncan Armstrong and Ian Thorpe, all Olympic champions in the 200m freestyle, Thomas Fraser-Holmes would like nothing more than to join the Australian elite. Will it be an easy task? Absolutely not. But the mere fact that the possibility is even being broached speaks to the rise of Fraser-Holmes as a global force. Author John Lohn Full Story on SwimVortex.com here

By |2018-08-28T04:15:53+00:00October 23rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Tom Fraser-Holmes on the trail of Aussie tradition as 2014 King of the 200 Freestyle