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ISSUE 4, 2018

Wilderness Nepal Trip 2018

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Mother’s Day in the Annie House


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Mother’s Day Sale Amelia Osborn Year 12 Foundation Representative

In anticipation of Mother’s Day, the Student Foundation held a Mother’s Day gift sale on Friday 11 May. Across the Lower Junior, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, members of the Student Foundation sold a range of gorgeous items including candles, necklaces, spa accessories, lotions and more, all of which quickly sold out. The sale was a great opportunity for the girls to present the mother-figures in their lives with a hand-picked gift, whilst supporting both the Foundation and the Bahadure school in Nepal. On behalf of the Student Foundation, I extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who got involved and made the day the great success it was.


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Year 2 Wildlife Adventure Lauren Walker

To provide our Junior School girls with valuable

The girls explored Gorge Wildlife Park using



a map and had close encounters with many

learning experiences in the outdoors, Outdoor

animals on the way. From feeding kangaroos,

Education day trips are being developed for our

wallabies and deer, to patting koalas all with

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students in Green

large smiles on their faces. The girls also had

spaces around Adelaide.

the chance to participate in some nature




play games, based around the wildlife in On Monday 26 February, our Year 2 students

the park. The day finished with some not so

pioneered the first of these with a visit to

quiet reflection (noisy birds) in their journals,

Gorge Wildlife Park. The day began with an

reflecting on how they had used their 5 senses

introduction to self-reliance with the girls

throughout the day.

checking they had all they needed in their backpacks to be comfortable in the outdoors

A big thank you to the Year 6 students from the

and got busy packing their own lunch.

Peer Support Committee who also attended to support the girls on this adventure.


“I liked feeding the baby kangaroos!” - Isla Balestrin

“I liked watching the monkeys eating their bananas!” - Portia Holloway

“I liked seeing the peacock. I knew it was male because of the colours.” - Dot Laurens

“I liked watching the penguins slide down their ramps!” - Ishika Sethi

“I liked watching the meerkats because they were all lying on each other!” - Charlotte KoKo Aung

“I liked watching the beautiful, graceful deer!” - Asha Dan

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Wilderness Nepal Trip 2018 Molly Davidson (Year 10) and Miss Renee Chatterton

32 very excited girls along with 5 staff members

The Sherpa guides immediately became a

said their farewells to family and friends as

part of the Wildy family and all girls formed a

they began their journey to Nepal. The girls

very special friendship with them, loving their

were immediately immersed in the busyness

genuine positivity and energy for the simple

of Kathmandu, spending a few days exploring

things in life, caring nature, and humour.

the capital city and understanding the history

The connections built with the Sherpas were

and local culture. Of course, shopping was a

certainly one of the highlights of the trip. All

highlight for many girls, learning the local way

girls were treated royally with a friendly wake-

of bartering for happy pants, t-shirts and gifts.

up call each morning, along with a hot cup of black tea and a bowl of hot washy-washy

After a small flight through the Himalayas,

water. Settling in to camp each afternoon

we arrived in Pokhara to begin our 14-day trek

was also warmly welcomed by hot chocolate,

through the Annapurna region. A couple of

biscuits, and a chance to relax reading a book

hours walking through monsoonal rains on day

or playing cards.

1, soaking our fresh gear, was an interesting introduction






It would have been extremely difficult to

encountered on the trek. Most days consisted

create a more heart-felt welcome by that of

of 5-6 hours of trekking through the mountains,

the students and staff of Bahadure School.

with some challenging ascents and descents.

They had walked 40 minutes from their school

All the girls took the challenges in their stride,

gate to greet us on one of our final stages

including trying to wash their hair in a small

of the trek. Music, smiles, handmade flower

bowl of water. An incredible, diverse range of

necklaces, and a culturally symbolic pressed

terrains and views made each day memorable

rice on our forehead immediately connected

and unique. The constant picturesque scenery

the students of Bahadure and Wilderness. The

made the challenging sections of the walk

raw excitement, energy and emotion of the


Bahadure students was heart-warming, and the girls were amazed by how much they were adored by them, simply for being there.


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The girls loved getting to know the girls of

Rhino, crocodile, and buffalo-spotting on a jeep

the Bahadure boarding house that evening,

safari, a relaxing canoe ride, bird watching, and

chatting over a hot chocolate and teaching

elephant riding was an incredible and unique

them some songs and dances. The visit

way to spend the final few days in Nepal.

to Bahadure school was an unforgettable

The girls were looking forward to seeing their

experience, and after the official ‘program’, all

family but were also very sad to say goodbye to

students played games and danced with high

a spectacular place, full of wonderful people,

energy and pure enjoyment. Saying goodbye

that had created many amazing memories and

was one of the sadder moments of the trip

experiences over the preceding three weeks.

but the girls knew the people and the memory would stay with them forever.

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Year 8 Camp Amelie Rawes-Ryan and Amolika Bhatia (Year 8)

Year 8 camp was one of the most amazing

At camp, we embraced our school values:

experiences ever! Late in Term 1, the Year 8

Adventurous Learning, Responsible Citizenship,

cohort jumped on buses and headed to the

Respectful Relationships, and a True and

scenic Grampians in Victoria. Not knowing what

Courageous Self. We each had individual

challenges would be thrown at us, we entered

goals to strive for, ranging from completing

the Camp Acacia grounds with an open mind.

the bushwalk to reaching the top of the cliff

There was a mix of emotions running through

in rock climbing. Teachers, camp instructors

the dorms: nerves, excitement, exhaustion. We

and students encouraged each other to be

were pumped with energy and ready for the big

confident about themselves and what they

week ahead!

were capable of, persist even when challenges got tough, mix with new people, and to push ourselves out of our comfort zone. We were told that “if we reach for the moon and miss


we’ll still be among the stars�. We kept this in

struggling, others were always there to support

mind whilst on camp, as it was true no matter

and cheer her on. We had to believe in ourselves

how far we got through our personal goals, we

and attempt some activities that we would

would still have achieved something.

never usually do.

We grew so much as individuals on camp,

Cooperation was a key factor in every activity

but one aspect that really developed was our

on camp. When kayaking, we had to work

friendships. We were all challenged to stand

with our partner to paddle in time. When rock

up, look out, and be there for each other.

climbing, three of us had to work together to

Supporting our friends so that they could

get the climber safely up and down the cliff.

achieve their best was something that was

There were many occasions when we had to

really important during all the activities. We all

cooperate with different people that we had

grew closer and stronger and really bonded well

never worked with or spoken to before.

together as a cohort. This was a particularly good opportunity for girls new to Wilderness to

While bushwalking, we also had to demonstrate

get to know everyone.

independence when it was our turn to navigate the group towards our destination. As we

Confidence-building was a huge factor on

approach the major 3-week REALISE camp in

camp as girls were constantly being pushed

Year 9, the skills we have learnt will be extremely

out of their comfort zone. When a girl was


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During the week, ‘Duty Group’ was a much-

future challenges. Whether learning how to

loved activity. All the girls had a great time in

ride a mountain bike, abseiling down a cliff,

the kitchen and enjoyed cooking simple recipes

or simply just cooperating with new people

that we could do at home. It gave us a sense of

whilst washing dishes, we learnt a great deal

independence as well as achievement when we

about our own character and that of old and

served meals to our friends.

new friends. The major idea that we have taken away from camp is: “As long as you believe,

“Keep on going”, is a phrase that really sums

anything is possible”.

up the majority of our experience on camp. Resilience and persistence were two key ideas

Being the first group of Wildy girls to stay

shooting around the campsite at all times.

at the Grampians was really special. The

Every single girl displayed persistence in their

memories made were ones that will stay with

own way in order to complete the various

us throughout our lives. To Ms Walker, Cass and


all the other staff, your efforts definitely do not go unnoticed.

Over the four days, we learnt an extensive range of skills that will help to shape us for

Thanks to all.


Cross Country Emma Grant and Amy Bailey

Junior School The Junior School Cross Country Carnival was

Overall Results (2.2km Race)

held on Tuesday 8 May at the parklands. After

1st Jasmin Thirlwell

cancellation due to rain the previous Thursday,

2nd Isabel Jackson

we were fortunate to have a cool but clear day

3rd Iness Leathart

for the event. Once the students arrived at the parklands, they were arranged into house

Year Level Results

groups and the enthusiastic House Captains

Year 3

prepared the girls with a warm-up before the

1st Margot Tembel

big race. For the first time, the Junior School

2nd Francesca Day

students raced in the morning before the Middle

3rd Zara Rocca

and Senior girls, which gave the Junior School girls an enormous cheer squad in the final leg of the race. All girls from year 3 to 6 competed together and embraced the challenge of a large racing cohort. We were pleased to see so

Year 4 1st Leila Thirlwell 2nd Ruby Freemantle 3rd Holly Bahr

many girls participating in the event and all

Year 5

girls should be proud of their efforts. A huge

1st Isabel Jackson

thank you to the Sports Committee girls, the

2nd Iness Leathart

staff for officiating the event, and the number

3rd Tiara Pullinen

of parents and families who turned out to support the girls.

Year 6 1st Jasmin Thirlwell 2nd Lulu Detmold Cox 3rd Annabel Duncan

Middle & Senior School The annual Middle/Senior Cross Country event was held on Tuesday 8 May. It was a very successful event with all Middle and Senior school girls participating,

Year Level Results Year 7 1st Mia Cardone 2nd Millie Jackson 3rd Millie Gosse Year 8 1st Sarah Muir 2nd Georgia Muir 3rd Mia Jersmann

running the 2.2km horse track around the parklands.

Year 9

It was great to see so many girls taking, with many

1st Ella Beinssen

girls bringing along their dogs for the run and

2nd Bronte Sleath

pushing themselves to do their best. With the Junior

3rd Tahlia Leathart

School Cross Country being run before the Middle and Senior one, the girls crossed the finish line to the cheers of the Junior School, which made for a lovely whole-school event and House atmosphere.

Year 10 1st Emilie Muir 2nd Emma Sleath 3rd Jessica Hawker

Overall Results (2.2km Race)

Year 11

1st (Winner of the Elspeth Begg Cup):

1st Charlotte Ruddenklau

Emilie Muir

2nd Emma Lane

2nd Charlotte Ruddenklau

3rd Neve Payze

3rd Sarah Muir

Year 12

4th Margo Muir

1st Margo Muir

5th Georgia Muir

2nd Melarn Murphy

6th Emma Sleath

3rd Susie Greco

7th Jessica Hawker 8th Mia Jersmann

House Results

9th Ella Beinssen

1st – Antholiza

10th Bronte Sleath

2nd – Cedar 3rd – Sparaxis 4th – Amaryllis 5th – Carob

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Special Olympics Australia Charlotte Nitschke Year 10

During the first week of the school holidays, April 15-20, I was selected as a volunteer for Special Olympics National Games, or more commonly known as SONG. This year was the 11th anniversary for the games, and was held down in the West beach/Marion area of SA. I was grateful to be given the opportunity to work with the athletes from all around the country. Special Olympics National Games is a year-round sporting company, and is the Olympic games for those with intellectual disabilities. The way this is categorised is by having an IQ lower than 70, which can be a result of several different things.

For example, one swimmer suffered a brain injury from a car crash when she was two. The other was born with Down Syndrome and put up for adoption and then adopted by a loving family a week later. The two youngest athletes, competing in athletics, had an incredibly rare condition to the point where it didn’t yet have a name. There was a mutation/problem with the connections to the brain, meaning that they had a very hard time processing information, causing a lower-than-70 IQ. A common side effect of this is traits of ADHD, while coming nowhere near the diagnosis. The girls could get hyperactive and were sensitive to loud noise, but always incredibly caring.

Over the course of the week, I had many different jobs and opportunities on different days. On Day 1, I was there to set up the Garden Room and to make sure the athletes were aware of where they needed to be and that they were all settled in to their cabins. This shift was a total of 6 hours.

The Garden View room is the “chill out room” down at the West Beach Caravan resort. Within this room, there are many different chill out games/areas. On the actual inside area of this room, was a small kitchen for the staff/volunteers, bean bags and slouch chairs, a television, colouring in, ping pong, bowling, arcade games among many others. In the outside, was a big air-bounce pillow, a pool, beach volleyball courts, a playground and many grass areas perfect for relaxing.

On the second day, I had my first full shift. I began the day by checking in to the volunteer hub at 8:30am, and then Ann, another volunteer, drove me down to the resort. As no athletes were competing today, the room was very busy. My role gave the team leaders a


chance to relax as when the athletes crossed the brick path separating the athlete cabins and the garden room area, they were in my care rather than that of the leaders. I finished my shift there at roughly 1:45. Doesn’t seem very long does it? Well there’s a catch. At 1:50pm, I walked back up to the hub and David drove me down to the opening ceremony. I had a 10-minute break between my shifts to eat lunch, relax and rest… in the car. From 2pm until 6:45pm I was working a shift at the Titanium Security Stadium, mixing through the merchandise stand, ushering and showing athletes where they need to be. My shift today went from 8:30-7pm.

On Day 3, my shift was only 8-4, thank goodness. I checked in to the hub and went straight down to the resort. Admittedly, today was a fairly relaxed shift as all the athletes were out competing and so I went out to the swimming champs from 11-2, where I was announcing and marshalling. Then I got back to the garden room, hung out with the team leaders as they were relaxing, and my shift finished at 4pm.

Day Four. My longest shift. I checked into the hub at 8:15 and left the campus at 9:30pm. 13 hours and 15 minutes. I began the day like I always do. Going down to the garden room and setting up first. As it was a long day, I was sure to grab yoghurt and muffins from the hub. We had a 5 square metre fridge full of chobani yoghurt and blueberry/chocolate muffins, so I grabbed some and stocked up the fridge down at the resort. I was at the resort for about 5 hours and then got a call from Ann that the athletes games were postponed and that they wouldn’t be back until 6pm, so at 12:30, Ann picked me up and we went over to the gymnastics arena. I was a spotter, marshaller and announcer. I stayed there from 12:45-4pm and then went back to the Garden room. I began setting up the talent night over the hills a bit (still on the resort grounds) and then headed over to the healthy athlete program. Here, I was with the Junior National team for NT, and I was with them for the rest of the week as their second-manager. I was able to comfort one of the girls I met, and I got to meet four amazing young women who were competing in the games. Then I took them over to the talent show and we sat for the last 3 hours of the day’s shift.

Fifth day, a short one. I was only there from 9-4 today and I was stationed with the NT team all day. I managed them, played with them, chilled out with them, sat with them, etc. Sometimes we would go jumping on the bouncy pillow whilst others, I would sit in the middle with them just all cuddling up next to me in silence for 30 minutes at a time. It was very rewarding regardless of what mood they were in.

On the last day, it was the same as Monday with a shift and then a closing ceremony but the closing ceremony was emotional as I had to wave farewell to the NT team which I had grown close to. We had a dance party and confetti drops during the ceremony. I was also awarded the Volunteer Award for putting in the most hours and effort during the week.

In summary, it was a long week but very rewarding.











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Career Corner

For a more comprehensive Career Bulletins please visit:

Career Expo – 2018 The biennial Combined Career Evening between

The speakers will be located in classrooms where

St Dominic’s, Blackfriars and Wilderness will be

there will be an opportunity to learn about

taking place on Wednesday 30 May at Blackfriars

each profession as well as ask questions of the

Priory School from 6-8pm.

industry expert. Professionals from the following

All Year 10, 11 and 12 students are expected to

fields have volunteered their time to speak with

attend this Expo-style event to speak to industry


professionals, university and TAFE representatives.

• Accounting • Law

This year for the first time we are offering

• Dentistry

students the opportunity of listening to industry

• Entrepreneurship

professional guest speakers:

Session 1: from 6.45pm-7.05pm

• Hospitality

Session 2: from 7.15pm-7.35pm

• Psychology

PR, Marketing and Events

• IT • Architecture •

Defence Force

Real Estate

Electrical Engineering

Once you hit the link to register to attend a guest speaker session you will also find descriptions for each speaker so you know what they will be speaking about. This is the link for the registration of the industry speakers:


Lauren Arney (Year 12, 2018)

Simone Milford –

SAPOL Camp Report

Wilderness 2017 graduate

Lauren Arney (Year 12, 2018) SAPOL Camp Report In the 2nd week of January, I was one of 24 students (12 male and 12 female) across South Australia to participate in SAPOL’s Youth Leadership Camp. Run by the Special Tasks and Rescue Operations Team (STAR Force) at Echunga Police Reserve, it was an amazing experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to meet people from all over state that I am still in contact with now. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who enjoys a challenge, both physically and mentally, as they will find the course quite rewarding. It was a unique experience and the best thing that I have ever done!








Conference last week I caught up with Simone Milford (2017) who is studying a Bachelor of Medical Research at UTAS, with guaranteed entry into Medicine. Simone is staying at Jane Franklin Residential Hall and is thriving in her new study and living environment.

Simone is

looking forward to a visit from her Mum and Dad in the next few weeks. We wish Simone all the best for her studies.

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Career Corner

For a more comprehensive Career Bulletins please visit:

Workshops and Courses

Free Flinders Uni IT Boot Camp Holiday

Adelaide Crows UniSA Sport


co-coaching session

10-12 July

The University of South Australia is a Premier

In this free 3-day event, Year 10, 11 and 12 students

Partner of the Adelaide Crows. As part of the

will design their own fully functional game using

partnership, UniSA Sport and the Adelaide Crows

Unreal Engine, a game engine used by industry

will host a co-coaching session in UniSA’s Pridham

professionals. No prior experience necessary,

Hall gymnasium. This experience is open to all

you just need enthusiasm and a drive to learn.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students across South Australia

Registrations will open near the time, to register

and is suited to students who have an interest in

your interest email:

studying Human Movement or Exercise Science.

Find out more:

Enrol here:


Flinders University Science Holiday Flinders University Costume

Program – October

and Fashion Info Session

9-11 October

24 May @ 6pm

This 3-day event will expose students to hands on

This information session will cover the Bachelor of

practical applications of Science and challenge

Creative Arts (Costume Design) and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), including course content, teaching locations, costs etc. There will be an

the students to solve a problem and present their findings. Open to all Year 10 and 11 students with

opportunity to ask questions, and have a brief

an interest in pursuing further education in the

tour of the workshop spaces.


Find out more:

Find out more:


Conoco Phillips Science Experience – Save the Date University of South Australia, 20-22 November Flinders University, 5-7 December University of Adelaide, 11-13 December For all events, it’s best to apply before 31 October Find out more: https://www.scienceexperience.


Two Week International Study Program Be part of an International Study Program this coming July where for two weeks you will live and study at Cambridge and Durham Universities in England! This opportunity is too good to pass up. Find out more by submitting your interest here:


Flinders University Inspiring Women

Study Abroad Scholarship


Apply for Crimson Education’s first Study

20 September

Abroad Scholarship! The student with the most

A full day designed for female Year 11 and 12

outstanding application will win an extensive

students interested in Science and Engineering.

mentoring package connecting you to a team

Students will participate in a challenge and get

of 5-8 mentors from the world’s top universities

a chance to meet and talk with inspiring and

and $500 cash to get you closer than ever to

successful women from a range of STEM fields.

your dream university. Applications close June 1

Contact: STEM Outreach Team (stem@flinders.

Find out more: https://community., 08 7221 8661)

Find out more:



Australia’s Booming Industries National Youth Science Forum –

SEEK has revealed the Australian industries that

Applications Open Now

boomed in the last 12 months. We look to the

The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential

data and speak to industry experts about the

program designed to give students a broader

trends that will shape the year ahead.

understanding of the diverse study and career

Read the article:

options available in Science, Technology,

Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to

They also have a resource that shows how hard

encourage them to continue their studies in

it is for employers to fill jobs across lots of

these fields.

different industries: https://insightsresources.

Applications are open from 1 March to 31 May

each year. Costs $3,150 to attend, and the fee is allinclusive including travel. There are also Equity Scholarships available, and sometimes you can find extra funding through your endorsing Rotary Club, or another community organisation. Find out more here: programs/year-12-program/

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The start of Term 2 has brought the start of Winter Sport, with a large number of girls opting to play Soccer, AFL, Hockey, Badminton and Netball. Across these 5 sports there are 45 teams, which is outstanding that so many girls choose to represent Wilderness School in their given sports. On top of these sports there are also a number of Middle and Senior students representing the Wilderness School Lacrosse Club. It is also very pleasing to see so many girls playing 2 or 3 sports, with some girls playing 2 Saturday morning sports.

This year has seen the introduction of AFL to the IGSSA Sports program, with Wilderness entering 2 teams into the Friday afternoon competition. Round 1 was played in Week 2, with the B grade team playing at our home venue of Walkerville Oval. The girls were thrilled to have access to the change rooms, wear the new AFL uniform, and have SANFL umpires for the game. Both the A and B grade teams played Pulteney in Round 1, with the A grade having a big win; Arabella Brown kicking 2 goals and Isobel Dolling 3. In the B grade, the girls unfortunately had a loss but Hannah Kieu proved instrumental and Eliza Corbin worked hard for the team for the entire game.

It was great to see so many girls elected to play AFL in its inaugural season, and given the growing popularity of the sport we look forward to what the rest of the season brings.


2018 Ignition Seriers Sports Engineering Emma Sleath, Year 10 I recently attended a Sports Engineering seminar

to produce the world’s most aerodynamic track

as part of the IGNITION seminar series, a

cycling helmet.

collaboration between the University of Adelaide

Kelso’s Honours students discussed their work on

and the State Library of South Australia, which

track cycling aerodynamics and designing socks,

aims to inspire young people to connect with STEM.

seats and peddles that enhanced performance by reducing drag.

Associate Professor Richard Kelso from the University of Adelaide discussed his research

Kelso’s group had conducted extensive research

on aerodynamics in professional sports, in

investigating the physics of drag and developing

particular his experience with professional road

strategies to minimise it. Video analysis of

cycling teams. Associate Professor Kelso’s work

professional athletes and 3D modelling and

has included partnering with the Orica Scott

printing were some of the processes utilised in

Team to make a road cycling helmet that was

creating high performance attire for cyclists.

light, aerodynamic and maintained maximum breathability. Associate Professor Kelso has also

This seminar has broadened my interest in Sports

worked with the Australian Track Cycling Team

Engineering as a possible career option in the

for 2016 Rio Olympics and partnered with Kask


Lawn Bowls

positive approach from all Wildy teams should be

Reema Madike, Victoria Moularadellis

We would like to thank Mr Hill and Richard from

and Grace Moloney

the Payneham Bowling Club for their support

commended, on what was a great day on the green.

throughout the day. The Year 11 girls studying Stage 2 PE, along with Grace Moloney in Year 10, participated in the Lawn Bowls State Secondary School Championships on 4 May. All three triples teams played three sectional games in the morning, where each girl enhanced their lawn bowls skills and experienced a competitive setting. Our triples team was successful in the morning games, advancing to the finals. Through our team effort, we were pleased to finish second overall. The sportswomanship, skill level and

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Student Achievements Ashwini Ravindran State Debating Team Congratulations to Ashwini Ravindran in Year 12 who was selected as a member of the State Debating Team. Ashwini will compete in the National Schools Debating Competition in Perth in Week 4. She is pictured here in the Supreme Court of South Australia after the State Team send-off debate.

Emilie Muir Swimming Champion Congratulations to Emilie Muir in Year 10 who competed in the Australian Age Swimming Championships in April. Emilie won gold in the 400 metre individual medley, silver in the 200 metre backstroke, and finished 5th in the 200 metre individual medley and 7th in the 400 metre freestyle. Her gold and silver medal swims were South Australian age records, which had both stood for more than 17 years. These are outstanding achievements and are due reward for the many hours of training that Emilie puts in each week.

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