Swimming: Quah Zheng Wen, Kevin Cordes turn coaches for a day for youngsters

Quah Zheng Wen (left) and Kevin Cordes led a class of some 50 swimmers in several swim drills at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
Quah Zheng Wen (left) and Kevin Cordes led a class of some 50 swimmers in several swim drills at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Quah Zheng Wen demonstrating his techniques to a group of eager learners.
Quah Zheng Wen demonstrating his techniques to a group of eager learners.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Singapore national swimmer Quah Zheng Wen and American world 200m breaststroke silver medallist Kevin Cordes turned coaches for a day when they held a swimming clinic on Saturday morning.

The duo, who will be competing in the Fina/airweave Swimming World Cup next weekend, led a class of some 50 swimmers in several swim drills at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Quah and Cordes also took to the pool to demonstrate their techniques to the group, the majority of whom are aged 15 and under and picked from the Singapore Swimming Association's affiliates.

The clinic ended with a relay challenge between Team Cordes and Team Quah. The Singaporean and his team of 25 swimmers prevailed.

On patrolling the pool deck for the day, Quah said: "I was hoping the SEA Games will be a good way to promote my sport, and so it was nice to see the kids being so enthusiastic at a young age."

Cordes, who is training in Singapore in a bid to make the United States Olympic swimming team, added: "It's always great to give back my knowledge of the sport. It's my first time coaching in Singapore and it was awesome."