E-news Issue 6
Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
Swimming Australia’s open water swimmers use CDU’s facilities to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games
Swimming Australia’s open water swimmers use CDU’s facilities to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games

Olympic swimmers warm up in the Top End at CDU’s training hub

Olympic swimmers recently touched down in Darwin to train at Charles Darwin University (CDU) before departing for the Olympic Games open water swimming event in Tokyo.

In their final stop before Tokyo, elite swimmers Kareena Lee, Bianca Crisp, Moesha Johnston and Nicolas Sloman undertook five rigorous days of strength and conditioning training at CDU’s Wellness Centre with the assistance of CDU Exercise and Sport Science students.

Taking advantage of Darwin’s world-class training facilities and tropical climate, the athletes from Swimming Australia are representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics and 2024 Paris Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Ariarne Titmus also trained at this facility before winning the 400m and 200m freestyle final. 

“Being in the Southern Hemisphere in winter, it’s hard to find a warm location. We want to train in a place with similar weather to the destination so athletes can perform better,” Greg Shaw, Open Waters Swimming Australia Performance Manager, said.

“CDU’s facilities are well equipped for our training. We want to keep using CDU as a staging base for future competitions, including the Paris Olympics in 2024,” Mr Shaw said.

Mr Shaw is working with CDU’s Dr Daniel Gahreman, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences, to analyse athletes’ performance and find ways to improve their training. Dr Gahreman is also supervising students.

For CDU’s Exercise and Sport Science students, this experience provides a unique opportunity to refine their practical knowledge by assisting elite athletes with their strength training program.

It is one of many Work Integrated Learning partnerships CDU has with local and national organisations to elevate students’ learning experience.

Therese Lee, Work Integrated Learning and Wellness Centre Manager at CDU, said the experience was an essential part of developing work-ready graduates, enhancing the employability of students.

“It’s also a good way to support the athletic community by offering an excellent training environment while our students benefit from working closely with high performing athletes,” she said.

CDU’s ongoing research partnership with Swimming Northern Territory has been instrumental in generating this opportunity for students, and collaborations with local, national and international sporting organisations will continue to be a key priority for CDU, benefitting students and athletes alike.