Champion swimmer Emma McKeon strikes gold with kids

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Six time Commonwealth Games medallist Emma McKeon took to the pool in Wollongong on Monday, sharing her techniques and skills while talking about the importance of setting goals with 30 young IMB Zoo Account holders.

The children, aged five to 12, scored the swimming masterclass as part of the IMB’s ‘When I Grow Up’ initiative which also featured the chance for children to be a media star or a scientist for a day.

Emma, who is a swimming star on the rise, competed at her second world championships in Russia in August and returned home with a gold medal in the Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the Women’s 4x100m medley relay. She will now turn her sights to the Rio Olympics.

“To be the best at what you do takes a lot of work but the rewards are amazing,” she said. “I have had so many people inspire me and guide me throughout my career and to have the chance to do that for someone else is a great opportunity.

“I want to share some of my goals and how I achieved them, help them with their skills in the pool and, of course, have some fun on the day.”

IMB CEO Robert Ryan said helping children plan for their future was important to the IMB.

“We have been helping people achieve their goals for 135 years and our ‘When I Grow Up’ initiative was designed to inspire children in their future endeavors and teach them how to set goals to achieve in the future. We have some great mentors involved in the initiative which I am sure have inspired our members.”