Off The Blocks Swimming Podcast
Off The Blocks with Helena Gasson (Season 3) Ep 39

Off The Blocks with Helena Gasson (Season 3) Ep 39

September 22, 2020

Season 3 Ep 39, we chat with Olympian and multiple time New Zealand national record holder Helena Gasson.

 

In this chat we discuss her training during Covid, her early days in the pool, her amazing career so far with all the highs and learning moments along the way, being coached by her partner Michael Weston and how that dynamic works, and of course we go through her first Olympic experience in Rio as well as her national records she has earned along the way. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Madi Wilson (Season 3) Ep 38

Off The Blocks with Madi Wilson (Season 3) Ep 38

September 21, 2020

Season 3 Ep 38, we chat with Olympian and Dolphins team member, and a woman who last year was a part of the girls winning the 4x200 Freestyle relay and breaking the world record, Madi WIlson.

In this podcast we discuss Madi's training through Covid, her early days in the pool, her goals and aspirations of beign an Olympian at a young age, training with Michael Bohl, her first Olympics in 2016 in Rio, the ups and downs of competitive swimming, the move to South Australia and training with Peter Bishop, as well as her part in last years amazing gold by the girls in the 4x200 relay and breaking the world record. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with the 4×100 Men’s Freestyle Relay 2000 Sydney Olympics (Season3) Ep 37

Off The Blocks with the 4×100 Men’s Freestyle Relay 2000 Sydney Olympics (Season3) Ep 37

September 18, 2020

Season 3 Ep 37, we chat with Aussie Olympic Legends and 4 men who were a part of Australian history in the greatest race this country has ever seen in the Sydney 2000 Olympics 4x100 Freestyle Gold medal winning relay team.

In this podcast we catch up with Michael Klim, Chris Fydler, Ash Callus and of course Ian Thorpe to discuss their amazing moment 20 years on.

Off The Blocks with Penny Heyns (Season 3) Ep 36

Off The Blocks with Penny Heyns (Season 3) Ep 36

September 17, 2020

Season 3 Ep 36, we chat with South African swimming legend, 3 time Olympian, 14 time world record holder and 3 time Olympic Medallist Penny Heyns

 

In this podcast we discuss with Penny about what she is up to these days with coaching and public speaking, how she got started in the pool, the Olympics not being an option until 1990 when the South African government overturned a ban they had on their athletes and allowed them to compete thus helping make Penny's dream a reality in 1992 at Barcelona. We discuss her remarkable 1996 in Atlanta with the double Gold in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, as well as talk about her experience 20 years ago at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when she got a Bronze medal in the 100 Breaststroke. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Michael Pickett (Season 3) Ep 35

Off The Blocks with Michael Pickett (Season 3) Ep 35

September 15, 2020

Season 3 Ep 35, we chat with Kiwi young gun and star of the pool Michael Pickett.

In this podcast we discuss how Michael went during the Covid break and getting back into training, how he started swimming as a young lad, his many NZ records his holds as well as coming over to Australia and training at one of the best clubs in the world St Peters Western, and also we talk about the 2019 World Champs in Gwangju. All that and a whole lot more

Off The Blocks with Susie O’Neill (Season 3) Ep 34

Off The Blocks with Susie O’Neill (Season 3) Ep 34

September 14, 2020

Season 3 Ep 34, we chat with 3 time Olympian and 8 time Olympic medallist, Madame Butterfly Susie O'Neill.

 

In this podcast we discuss Susie's early days in the pool and training with her first coach Mr Wakefield, we talk about her amazing career including her first Olympics in Barcelona, her favourite meet the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, changing coaches, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, her incredible 200 Butterfly world record beating the long standing time held by Mary T Meagher, and of course we discuss the 2000 Sydney Olympics and her final races of her career. All that and a whole lot more with the one and only Susie O'Neill.

Off The Blocks with Mollie O’Callaghan (Season 3) Ep 33

Off The Blocks with Mollie O’Callaghan (Season 3) Ep 33

September 11, 2020

Season 3 Ep 33, we chat with Queensland Young Gun and Australian Age Champion Mollie O'Callaghan

In this podcast we discuss Mollie's early days in the pool, getting back into swimming following the Covid break, her phenomenal 2019 Australian Age Championships, her coach and mentor Dean Boxall, training with the SPW, and of course her amazing experience at last years Junior World Championships in Budapest. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Raelene Ryan (Season 3) Ep 32

Off The Blocks with Raelene Ryan (Season 3) Ep 32

September 11, 2020

Season 3 Ep 32, we Chat with Miami Swim Club Head Coach Raelene Ryan.

 

In this podcast, Raels and i discuss how she got into coaching, working with the supercoach Dennis Cotterell and the many lessons she learnt from him and the amazing squad of superstars they had back in 2000. We also go through her success and learning experiences as a coach, and her own coaching philosophises. 

Off The Blocks with Chelsea Gubecka (Season 3) Ep 31

Off The Blocks with Chelsea Gubecka (Season 3) Ep 31

September 10, 2020

Season 3 Ep 31, we chat with Australian Open Water champion and Olympian from Rio 2016 Chelsea Gubecka.

 

In this podcast we discuss Chelsea's change of training program and what difference that has made, her early days in the pool and having success at such a young age, her career so far with all the highlights and learning moments including her Olympic experience in 2016 at Rio. We also discuss her desire to make the Aussie team for the pool, and working herself as a swim teacher and how much she is enjoying that. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Tracey Menzies (Season 3) Ep 30

Off The Blocks with Tracey Menzies (Season 3) Ep 30

September 10, 2020

Season 3 Ep 30, we chat with Olympic and Australian Team coach and now Head Coach of Rackley Parkinson Tracey Menzies.

 

In this podcast we discuss how Tracey got into coaching via being a swimmer herself under Doug Frost, the lessons she learnt from Doug as a coach and other mentors she had around her, working with the high performance team at SLC Aquadot including Australia's greatest ever swimmer Ian Thorpe. We also talk about her time down at the AIS and how much she loved it as well as heading up to Brisbane to take on a new role as Head Coach at Rackley Parkinson. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Georgia Marris (Season 3) Ep 29

Off The Blocks with Georgia Marris (Season 3) Ep 29

September 8, 2020

Season 3 Ep 29, we chat with New Zealand Swimming Star, Commonwealth Games representative and National record holder Georgia Marris.

In this podcast we discuss how Georgia has been during the pandemic, her early days in swimming, her experience over in the US with the College system, as well as all the highlights and learning experiences from her swimming career including coming over to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. All that and a whole lot more. 

Off The Blocks with Janelle Pallister (Season 3) Ep 28

Off The Blocks with Janelle Pallister (Season 3) Ep 28

September 8, 2020

Season 3 Ep 28, we chat with Olympian and Former Australian record holder now Australian Coach Janelle Pallister.

 

In this podcast we discuss Janelle's early days in the pool back in Sydney, as well as her amazing swimming career including her Olympic experience in Seoul 1988. We talk about her going into coaching and what brought that about as well as her amazing relationship with daughter Lani as Mum and coach and finding that balance. We discuss how much she is enjoying coaching on the sunshine coast at Cotton Tree Swim Club as well as how Lani is tracking for the future. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Tyson Upton (Season 3) Ep 27

Off The Blocks with Tyson Upton (Season 3) Ep 27

September 4, 2020

Season 3 Ep 27, we chat with NSW Age and Knox Pymble Swim Club rising star Tyson Upton.

In this podcast we discuss his training during the pandemic, how much of an influence his father Simon has been on his swimming career, state teams, Australian Age Nationals and dealing with the pressures during the week, as well as his big decision to head over to the US and join Florida University and be a part of the awesome USA College experience. All that and a whole lot more.

 

 

Off The Blocks with Jess Hansen (Season 3) Ep 26

Off The Blocks with Jess Hansen (Season 3) Ep 26

September 4, 2020

Season 3 Ep 26, we chat with Dolphins team member and Pan Pac and World Championship medallist Jess Hansen.

 

In this podcast we discuss Jess's recent move to the ACT to train and what brought that about, her early days in the pool, as well as her amazing career so far with all the highs and learning experiences along the way including her medal at the 2018 Pan Pacs just behind US star Lily King and her Commonwealth Games experience on the Gold Coast. All that and a whole lot more

Off The Blocks with Liam Tancock (Season 3) Ep 25

Off The Blocks with Liam Tancock (Season 3) Ep 25

September 2, 2020

Season 3 Ep 25, we chat with 3 time world record holder, and 2 time Olympian Liam Tancock

 

In this podcast we discuss Liam's early days in the pool and playing rugby, we talk about his amazing career with all the highlights including his 3 world records in the 50m Backstroke, his 2 Olympic Games experiences including the home games in London in 2012. We discuss whether 50m events should be brought into the Olympic program and where the sport might be heading in the future, as well as his very successful swim brand Swimzi (see below for link), and how much he is enjoying still being involved in the sport of swimming. All that and a whole lot more

Swimzi

https://www.swimzi.com/

Swimzi Australia

https://www.swimzi.com/au/

Off The Blocks with Ali Galyer (Season 3) Ep 24

Off The Blocks with Ali Galyer (Season 3) Ep 24

September 1, 2020

Season 3 Ep 24, we chat with New Zealand swimming superstar, Pan Pac and World Champs representative Ali Galyer.

 

In this podcast we discuss being born in Brisbane Australia, then moving to the US. Training at Kentucky University and the college system, how much she enjoyed college racing and being a part of a large team, her Pan Pacs and World Champs experiences, the decision to move to NZ and train full time and a whole lot more. 

Off The Blocks with Ky Hurst (Season 3) Ep 23

Off The Blocks with Ky Hurst (Season 3) Ep 23

August 31, 2020

Season 3 Ep 23, we chat with two time Olympian, ten time Aussie Surf Champion and four time Ironman Ky Hurst.

 

In This podcast we discuss Ky's early days in the pool and beach and his love of water, his surf lifesaving career and being inducted into the hall of fame, going into sailing, as well we chat about his Olympic experiences, his days training at Miami with the supersquad at the time and what he is up too these days with his family. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Jenna Forrester (Season 3) Ep 22

Off The Blocks with Jenna Forrester (Season 3) Ep 22

August 29, 2020

Season 3 Ep 22, we chat with Australian and Queensland Age group Champion Jenna Forrester.

 

In this podcast we discuss training at St Peters Western with all the high profile athletes, her coach Dean Boxall, last years amazing Australian Age Champs results, her goals for the future and of course the 2019 Junior World Champs and her experience in Budapest. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Hayden Cotter (Season 3) Ep 21

Off The Blocks with Hayden Cotter (Season 3) Ep 21

August 28, 2020

Season 3 Ep 21, we chat with Open Water Champion and Dolphins Team member Hayden Cotter.

In this podcast we discuss how Hayden has been training during the pandemic, his early days in the pool, his coach Harley, his amazing experiences racing all over the world, the different challenges that open water throws at you, and of course last years World Champs in Gwangju. All that and a whole lot more

Off The Blocks with Dan Wallace (Season 3) Ep 20

Off The Blocks with Dan Wallace (Season 3) Ep 20

August 28, 2020

Season 3 Ep 20, we chat with Olympian, World Champs and Comm Games and Olympic medallist Dan Wallace.

 

In this podcast we discuss Dan's early days in the pool, his training over in Florida at University and working with one of the best coaches of all time Gregg Troy, his amazing career in the pool with all the highlights including World Champs Gold with the relay, his Rio Olympics again medalling with the relay and his 2014 Comm Games experience in Glasgow at a home games and winning gold. All that and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Daniel Hunter (Season 3) Ep 19

Off The Blocks with Daniel Hunter (Season 3) Ep 19

August 25, 2020

Season 3 Ep 19, we chat with NZ Record holder, and a man who has competed at Commonwealth Games and World Champs, a superstar of New Zealand Swimming, Daniel Hunter.

 

In this podcast we discuss Dan heading back home during the pandemic, his early days in the pool, training on the Gold Coast at Bond, his career so far with the learning moments a long the way as well as the highlights such as NZ records, Comm Games on the Gold Coast and World Champs in Gwangju, his coaches, living with fellow NZ swimmer Matt Stanley and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Kenrick Monk (Season 3) Ep 18

Off The Blocks with Kenrick Monk (Season 3) Ep 18

August 24, 2020

Season 3 Ep 18, we chat with two time Olympian and Aussie Swimming legend Kenrick Monk.

 

In this podcast we discuss his transition into coaching, his early days swimming at Blacktown and his memory of watching Kieren Perkins break the world record there, as well as his amazing swimming career with all the highs and achievements along the way, and we also discuss some of the controversial moments in his career and what he learnt from those experiences. All that and a whole lot more

Off the Blocks with Josh Edward Smith (Season 3) Ep 17

Off the Blocks with Josh Edward Smith (Season 3) Ep 17

August 21, 2020

Season 3 Ep 17, we chat with Australian and Perth Young Gun, Multiple time Australian Age Champion Josh Edward Smith.

 

In this podcast we discuss life over in WA, his phenomenal 2019 Australian Age Championships results, what he loves about training with his mates, balancing school and swimming, his coach, as well we talk about his fantastic experience at last years Junior World Champs in Budapest. All that and a whole lot more. 

Off The Blocks with Kiah Melverton (Season 3) Ep 16

Off The Blocks with Kiah Melverton (Season 3) Ep 16

August 20, 2020

Season 3 Ep 16, we chat with Dolphins team member and World championship medallist Kiah Melverton.

 

In this podcast we discuss Kiah's training during the pandemic, her early days in the pool, her career so far with all the highs and learning moments including Open Water World Champs, her Pan Pacs medal, last years World Champs experience in Gwangju and of course her amazing 2018 Commonwealth Games in her hometown on the Gold Coast. We also discuss her coach Chris Nesbit, life outside of swimming and a whole lot more.

Off The Blocks with Anna Hopkin (Season 3) Ep 15

Off The Blocks with Anna Hopkin (Season 3) Ep 15

August 19, 2020

Season 3 Ep 15, we chat with English and Team GB sprinter and Commonwealth Games Medallist Anna Hopkin.

 

In this podcast we discuss what Anna has been doing during the pandemic including changing programs to now train along side Breaststroke King Adam Peaty and work with one of the best coaches in the world Mel Marshall. We also discuss her early success as a youngster and then stepping away from swimming for a break, and returning at 17 years old to great success becoming British Champion in the 50m Freestyle. We also go through her Commonwealth Games experience on the Gold Coast and a whole lot more.

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