SASI team enjoys heat of training in the Top End

12 Jun 2018

A CHANCE to bond, get away from the cold of Adelaide and enjoy some solid training were the benefits for SASI athletes preparing for the Pan Pacific Swimming Trials to be held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (Marion) between June 30 and July 4.

Above: Travis Mahoney in training 

The 11-day training camp at Parap in Darwin, on top of the couple of days training in Adelaide, saw SASI's Kyle Chalmers, Travis Mahoney, Brit Elmslie, Madi Wilson and James McKechnie put through their paces in a tough training program with the selection trials less than a month away.

Elmslie, a new addition to the program, said she enjoyed the work.

"It was quite intense and a good challenge,'' Elmslie said.

"It was good to get away and be involved in a lot of team bonding. We had no time off with training each day but it was good to be involved. It was great to check out the Top End.''

Elmslie, who said she had settled well into the Adelaide lifestyle since relocating from Queensland a few months ago, said she was excited and content about her move and was looking forward to a good showing at the trials.

At this stage Elmslie plans to compete in the 50, 100 and 200m free and possibly the relays with her Marion teammates at the Trials.

For now it will be back to local training and tapering in the lead up to the Trials.

Mahoney also enjoyed the difference of training away from familiar territory.

"It was good to get away from the cold weather and just to concentrate on the training without distractions,'' Mahoney said.

"It was a tough slog but you have to put in the work. The camp was really good. "There is something about being away and being able to work on a few things and to bond.

"At this stage I will be swimming in an event at the trials each day with the 100 and 200m free, 200IM and 200m backstroke.''

While some athletes already have qualified for the Australian Dolphins team to compete at the Pan Pacs in Tokyo in August after strong results at the Commonwealth Games, other athletes will be looking for at least a first or second placing in their events to make the team - announced on the final night of competition.

The Tokyo Pan Pacs will be held August 9-13.

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