Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Melbourne

Nash’s (record-breaking) dash to victory

Posted 28 June 2018
Oliver Nash

Congratulations to St Kilda Road Campus Year 11 student Oliver Nash, who set a new Under 17 100 m Freestyle APS record, breaking the previous record set by Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mack Horton, at APS Finals this year. 

‘I am happy to set another record on the APS stage. It is one of the most fun nights on the swim calendar. Also, to do it in front of my friends who don’t usually see me swim is extra special, Oliver said.’

Oliver swims for Melbourne Vicentre and is a part of the APS team to compete against the AGSV team. He is also a part of the Victorian State team and involved with the Victorian and Australian swimming talent identification programs.

His training involves two hour-long swimming sessions nine times a week whilst also having three gym sessions and one pilates class.

‘Being this busy forces you to time manage and prioritise. I have to really focus on work that is really important and work that can wait’ he said.

Oliver has also been selected in the Junior Australian squad and is representing Australia in Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Swimming Championships in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly, 100 m and 50 m freestyle, 200 m back, 200 m individual medley as well as relays. 

Glen Waverley teacher Janine Bates said, ‘Oli is an outstanding role model to his peers and to members of the Wesley APS Swimming Team. 

‘He shows a huge commitment to the sport, training up to twice a day with his club. Yet he still finds the time to attend Saturday morning APS competitions when he is able to and shows great team spirit and pride when competing for Wesley College at APS Finals.

‘It was a great reward, after all the hard work in training for Oli to break Mack Horton’s Under 17 100 m Freestyle record at APS Finals this year.
‘Oli is definitely a team player who puts others and the team before himself. While Oli recorded wins in all his individual events at APS Finals, when he was not racing, he was in the stands cheering on his teammates in their events. 

‘The coaches at Wesley College were thrilled to see Oli announced in the Junior Australian Team to compete in PNG in June.’
Ms Bates believes the discipline students develop from competitive sport provides a number of benefits that extend beyond the pool, court or playing field. 

‘Sport enables students to develop many life-long skills, that will not only serve them well at school, but also later in life, including punctuality, time management, goal setting, dedication and commitment, taking pride in hard work, valuing team mates and support crew, and learning how to be resilient by having to bounce back from defeat or tough times in the sport.

Oliver hopes his swimming career takes him to the Olympics. ‘My aim, hopefully, is to make an Olympic Games, that’s the end goal. However, I’m happy to take the ride. Wherever I finish up I’ll be happy, as long as it was the best I could do,’ he said.

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