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Find out what Christian Sprenger and the SportCares beneficiaries were up to at the Marina Bay Sands' Infinity Pool

Christian Sprenger

Christian Sprenger was in town recently to share his experience as an Olympian and to launch the Singapore Swim Stars. (Photo by VoxSports)

Atop the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, a group of expectant boys and girls watched on as Christian Sprenger shared his experience as an Olympian.

The Australian breaststroke swimmer was present as part of the Singapore Swim Stars Media Session on 20 May, in the lead up to the actual swim festival which will be held from 5 to 7 September.

After a brief conference session with the crowd, Sprenger proceeded to the Infinity Pool to conduct a fun-filled swim clinic with a small group of eager children, most of whom are SportCares beneficiaries. Guiding the children along, he provided them with useful tips on improving their swimming techniques. SportCares is the official Social Cause for Swim Stars. 

Christian Sprenger

Sprenger conducting a fun-filled swim clinic with a small group of eager children after the media conference, most of whom are SportCares beneficiaries. (photo by VoxSports)

The clinic proved to be a meaningful session for both teacher and students. The children wholly enjoyed themselves without any apprehension, a few of them even jumping back into the pool with Sprenger after their session had ended.

Sprenger shared: “It was great fun. I think when I was 10 or 11 years old as these kids are now, it’s about enjoying the sport, and that’s essentially what I wanted to do today – just really enjoy the water and make sure that they’re having a good time.

“That’s where it all begins. My love for the sport has enabled me to represent my country and carry on swimming. So it’s a great thing to know that I may have a positive impact on some of these kids.” 

Christian Sprenger

Sprenger and the kids posing for a group photo during the clinic held at the Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool. (Photo by VoxSports)

Christian Sprenger

A SportCares beneficiary presenting Christian Sprenger with a SportCares T-shirt and towel, as well as a SEA Games pin, luggage tag and diary. (Photo by VoxSports)

Sports Swim Organisation partner Harald Eltvedt commented on their collaboration with Sport Singapore to organise the clinic.

Eltvedt said: “We believe that it was a perfect match for the event because swimmers enjoy doing these clinics… It’s a great opportunity to motivate [the children] that through sport, they can actually be better persons and eventually become top-level swimmers.”

The outreach does not end here. Young aspiring swimmers can look forward to the Singapore Swim Stars Clinics and Relay Swim-off on Saturday, 6 September.

“We’ll have the athletes go around Singapore. They will form a duo and give clinics around different schools to get in the water with the kids, provide a really unique experience… And then they will form a relay together, go back to the aquatic centre and compete against the other schools,” Eltvedt added.

“They will have their own little Olympics that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Other exciting upcoming events include the “Movement is Happiness” swim challenge, as well as the never before seen Showdown, which will take place during the festival itself.

“(I am) very looking forward to competing – there are some great line-ups and great races to watch. And obviously seeing some of the best in the world, it’s gonna be massive,” commented Olympian Sprenger.

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