From Aqualink to Tokyo

Whitehorse News - July 2021

Two high-performance athletes from Nunawading Swimming Club will be heading to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games this month with their coach Wayne Lawes.

Brendon Smith and Matt Temple qualified to compete at the Olympic trials in Adelaide in June.

Brendon finished first in the men’s 400m individual medley in an Australian record time of 4:10.01 and second in the men’s 200m individual medley, achieving a personal best time of 1:58.82. Matt qualified to compete in the 100m freestyle and 100m and 200m butterfly events.

He finished second in the freestyle and first in both butterfly events, where he achieved a new Australian record of 50.45 in the 100m butterfly.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of preparation over the past 12 months and our athletes have stuck together, been resilient and worked diligently to achieve their success,” said coach Wayne Lawes.

The swimmers have spent many hours in the pool at Aqualink Nunawading; Brendon started swimming through Aqualink’s learn to swim program and has progressed through the club squads all the way to the national team.

“We are incredibly proud of our athletes who delivered such an outstanding performance in the pool,” said Nicole Webster, Nunawading Swimming Club’s General Manager. “This could not be achieved without the wonderful people who support our swimming community.”