Jones adds splash of fun to fitness

Retired Olympian Leisel Jones gives some tips to Shelby Stewart, 8, of Launceston, Jade Nicholls, 11, of Launceston, Lily Barker, 10, of Devonport, and Hannah Sydes, 10, of Launceston, at Launceston Aquatic. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Retired Olympian Leisel Jones gives some tips to Shelby Stewart, 8, of Launceston, Jade Nicholls, 11, of Launceston, Lily Barker, 10, of Devonport, and Hannah Sydes, 10, of Launceston, at Launceston Aquatic. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

RETIRED four-time Australian Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones yesterday imparted valuable knowledge to young swimmers at Launceston Aquatic Centre.

Jones travelled to Tasmania as part of AustSwim's Ready, Set, Swim! program, which focuses on introducing children to the sport in a fun, non-competitive environment.

``Swimming is a sport you can do until you're 110,'' Jones said.

``There's no impact on the joints, it's great for everything.

``We want fit, active, healthy children and this is a great way to do it.''

Swimming Tasmania community sport administrator Tim Bingham said the day was an ideal chance for children to enter the sport.

``It's about giving our kids an opportunity to work with one of our swimming all-time greats,'' he said.

``She started competing at such a young age and she talks about the importance of making it fun.''

Jones first represented Australia when she was 14 and retired in 2012, shortly after competing at the London Olympics.

She now studies psychology part-time and takes interest in sport psychology and the brain function of high-achieving people.

Jones said she had managed to maintain mental well-being after her retirement, when asked about depression faced by former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe.

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