Young Lawnton swimmer wins training session with Olympian Emily Seebohm



Belgravia Leisure and Moreton Bay Regional Council congratulated 11-year-old Isabella as the proud winner of the GOswim Little Champions challenge. Isabella won a visit and a training session with four-time Olympian and Australian runner-up Emily Seebohm.

Isabella has been swimming in the GOswim program at Lawnton Aquatic Center since the age of eight, while progressing through swimming and water safety levels and is now part of the GOswim Academy team. The Lawnton Aquatic Center was one of many venues to participate in the GOswim Little Champions campaign, which ran across Australia throughout the 2021 winter season.

GOswim is a partnership initiative of Belgravia Leisure and Swimming Australia, aiming to deliver an effective new swimming and water safety program.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery said area facilities such as the Albany Creek Recreation Center (where the training session took place) are quickly becoming hotbeds for athletic talent and said the club’s swimmers “would take a lot of the opportunity to be coached.” by one of the nation’s greatest swimmers.

Mayor Flannery notes that “The 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are fast approaching, and the next generation of Australian athletes could very well come from our region.

“The fact that such an accomplished swimmer is so generous with her time means the world to our swimmers and adds to the millions of dollars we have invested in sports facilities to give our children the best possible opportunity.

“With so many young athletes coming from our area and so eager to learn from Emily, it is essential that we create a legacy infrastructure that benefits them now, during the games and into the future.”

Cheryl McLennan, Aquatic Manager at Belgravia Leisure Queensland, said she was delighted to present Isabella with this once-in-a-lifetime award, and added: “It’s fantastic to be able to present Isabella with the incredible prize of the training session with an Australian dolphin and we can’t wait to host him.

Young Isabella was very surprised to learn that she had won the award and was eager to follow her workout with Emily Seebohm.

“When I finished my first sticker card (GOswim Little Champions), I asked almost every swimming lesson ‘has the competition been drawn?’ And then they said, “yes, it’s a draw, and you might have been the winner!” “

Isabella’s mother Brooke said it was a fantastic prize to be won.

“This contest is such an incredible initiative for the little ones. Meeting an Olympian his age and talking to his idols is something to aim for and take further in your swimming career.

GOswim is available at certain sites managed by Belgravia Leisure across the country.

Despite lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria, there were over 6,000 registrations for the GOswim Little Champions Challenge nationwide.

Learn more about GOswim at

Top of the picture: Isabella, winner of Goswim Little Champions, with the staff of the Lawnton Aquatic Center; Image above: Small Champions winner Isabella (in green) with younger sister and Australian runner-up and quadruple Olympian Emily Seebohm

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