Local swimmers had the opportunity to compete alongside Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna during the SunSmart Splash & Dash Carnival at the Bay of Isles Leisure Centre on Saturday, February 16.
The SunSmart ambassador travelled to Esperance from February 14 to 17 with Swimming WA to run a series of Development programmes for the Esperance Swimming Club.
The carnival saw young swimmers participate in a friendly competition, before D'Orsogna jumped in the pool to take part in the relays.
The 28-year-old Australian swimmer won bronze in the men's 4×100-metre medley relay at the Summer Olympics in 2012.
D'Orsogna said, as an ambassador for Swimming WA, it was great to be able to travel outside of the usual metropolitan area and interact with those in regional areas of the state.
“Visiting the schools was great," D'Orsogna said.
"It was really about encouraging the kids to make the most of opportunities and always give 100 per cent.
“Along with that, we’re really conveying that SunSmart and Swimming WA message and the importance of staying active and living a healthy lifestyle.”
Acknowledging the level of swimming talent in the Esperance region, D'Orsogna said he enjoyed spending time with emerging talent and instilling words of advice.
“There is certainly plenty of talent in the pools around here, which isn’t surprising given it’s proximity to the beaches," he said.
"I always love spending time with some of the up-and-coming talent in WA and it’s great to be able to get out to these regional areas and see some of the future talent out here as well.
“I think the regional meets serve as a reminder to them [young people in regional and remote areas] that Swimming WA doesn’t just look at the metropolitan area.
"It’s also a reminder to the kids that they’re part of something special.
"It’s a really good way to get the swimming community and the broader community together to hold these events and getting kids enjoying their swimming.
"An event like this really just shows the fun side of swimming.”
For those looking to take their swimming career further, D'Orsogna said it was about making every opportunity count.