Olympic medallist James Magnussen gives advice to Singleton junior swimmers

STAR STRUCK: Children from the Singleton Amateur Swimming Club were lucky enough to receive advice from Australian sporting icon James Magnussen on Wednesday.
STAR STRUCK: Children from the Singleton Amateur Swimming Club were lucky enough to receive advice from Australian sporting icon James Magnussen on Wednesday.

IT'S not everyday that a former world champion, Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist visits Singleton, which is why Wednesday marked a special occasion.

Australian swimming star James Magnussen, affectionately known as the "Missile", met children from the Singleton Amateur Swimming Club - and gave them some advice in the hope they, too, would excel at the sport.

Given the success of his personal career, the 28-year-old is trying to pass on some of the skills and techniques such as diving and turning that made him the world's best during his peak.

This was the second year he has made the trip to Singleton.

The Port Macquarie-born athlete said getting around to smaller towns was something he makes a conscious effort to do.

"It's one of the main motivators for me, to help those communities that don't have the ability to get that sort of high level coaching and access to elite athletes on a weekly basis," he stated.

In saying that, Magnussen also revealed he was very impressed with some of the talent on show in Singleton, even though he was dealing with kids 10 years old or younger.

"It's great to see really strong clubs in rural communities and Singleton is definitely one of those," he said.

"Some of their swimmers are already getting great results but there's plenty there with natural ability as well."

That's certainly high praise from such an established name within the sport, and those who take his lessons on board may make headlines of their own in the future.

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