Emma McKeon knows just how important striking a training-to-life balance is when it comes to performing at your peak.
And her recent change in circumstance could just be the difference in the Griffith University student turning a raft of silver medals at the 2017 World Championships into future gold.
The 2016 Rio Olympic champion swimmer is now training out of Griffith’s multimillion-dollar new aquatic facility at its Gold Coast campus and can now combine her studies and training into one.
McKeon is studying a Bachelor of Public Health at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus and is part of the elite Griffith Sports College. She is able to plan her day around morning and afternoon training while also attending classes.
“I’m halfway through my degree and I haven’t been able to physically attend class as much as I’d like. Now this will be much easier.”
The 23 year-old freestyler and butterflier made the move from St Peters School in suburban Indooroopilly in Brisbane when her coach Michael Bohl OAM relocated his high-performance swim squad down the M1.
As the newly appointed Head Swimming Coach at Griffith, Bohl said the decision acknowledged Griffith’s outstanding reputation in sports servicing and sport research.
“This facility is a one-stop shop for an athlete to train, recover, study, receive treatment and be surrounded by other high-performance disciplines of nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy and more.”
Coach Bohl’s elite squad, including six Australian team members, is relishing the centre’s sparkling new state-of-the-art features following the pool’s opening in April 2017.