Long-time, high-achieving Swim Skills student, nine-year-old Emma Pullar introduced her 10-month-old brother, Ben to his first Hot Tots lesson, the class where Emma herself started her eight-year-long swimming career.
Emma passed the baton to Ben as she graduated from swimming in the Turbo Turtles senior squad to pursue competitive swimming.
Emma’s parents, Grace and Mark enrolled Emma as a 12-month-old in 2008.
“We started swimming with Emma because we had family and friends with pools. She had confidence but no concept of water or safety,” says Grace.
Emma remembers those days when she would “swim under the watering can and then chase the balls.”
These days her focus is on bigger things. “I hope to go to the Olympics to represent Australia and my family in PNG.”
Swimming has been part of the talented tween’s weekly routine for eight years now and Grace thinks that Emma has learned “self-discipline and to challenge herself” from these sessions. “Emma now competes with a lot older children due to the stroke technique and form she has learned at Swim Skills.”
Mark and Grace have been watching from the sidelines since Emma was placed in a preschool class when she was three-years-old which does not require parental participation. However, the proud parents have taken the plunge back into the pool with baby Ben.
Emma’s good example is rubbing off on Ben. Teacher, Jess Kelly says, “Ben’s abilities have grown week to week. It helps to have confident and experienced parents, and a big sister to show him the way.”
Swim Skills owners, Peter Dalle Cort and Jessie Jones, have themselves enrolled their son Arje Dalle Cort into the same class as Ben.
“We are proud of Emma and her achievements in the pool, and are honoured to have taken her from a baby to a competitive swimmer,” says Peter. “Swim Skills hope to do the same for Ben.”
Formerly known as “Essential Skills Swim School”, Swim Skills have recently rebranded. They are the same team, but with a fresh new look, updated programs and renovated facilities. To find out more about Swim Skills programs’ email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team at 4045 2782.