Shelly aka Shells has coached some of the biggest names in swimming including Adelaide’s very own world champion Kyle Chalmers who also happens to be our first guest on the podcast.
On this first exciting episode, Shells discussed a small insight to some of the more fun elements of coaching Kyle and how that helped to make swimming more enjoyable.
We also discussed the influence fellow coach Peter Bishop has had on his career, Kyle’s plans post swimming, his current side hussle that’s keeping him busy and we had a fun game plus Shelly’s special sprint finish to keep Kyle on his toes!
Watch Kyle chatting about wearing Hi-vis
Kyle expresses he’s a fan of his hi-vis attire, which he claims grants him a bit of anonymity, a stark contrast to the recognition he usually gets in his casual wear. Also, there’s nothing like a pie & iced coffee while wearing hi-vis
Watch the full video chat below
Watch Kyle on A Current Affair
Kyle was also recently interviewed by Alison Langdon on A Current Affair on Channel Nine, what a fantastic chat it was..
More background on Kyle Chalmers
Kyle Chalmers, OAM, is not just a name but a swimming sensation from Australia making ripples in the global arena with his outstanding achievements. Born on 25 June 1998, Chalmers has etched his name in the annals of swimming history with world records in short course 100 metre freestyle, 4×100 metre medley relay, and long course 4×100 metre mixed freestyle relay. His prowess doesn’t stop there; he holds the Oceanian and Australian records in the short course 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre freestyle.
Chalmers announced his arrival on the big stage at the 2014 Oceania Swimming Championships, clinching the Oceania title in both 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle. His stellar journey continued as he snagged the gold in the 100 metre freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics, setting a world junior record. In 2018, his finesse in water earned him the Commonwealth Games champion title in the 200 metre freestyle, followed by a gold in 100 metre freestyle at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. His relentless spirit shone again at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, where he secured silver in the 100 metre freestyle.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics saw Chalmers clinch silver in the 100 metre freestyle with a remarkable timing of 47.08. His illustrious career soared higher in 2022 as he won gold in the 100 metre freestyle at both the Commonwealth Games and the World Short Course Championships. Chalmers is lauded for his clutch performances, particularly his back-end splits which are a testament to his endurance and mettle. Through his journey, Chalmers has not only collected medals but also the admiration of the swimming fraternity and sports enthusiasts globally.