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Hadler’s Doing The Business

9 May 2017

Jayden Hadler

Australian Olympic swimmer Jayden Hadler has followed his dad, and former swimming coach, Steve, into the family business running their learn-to-swim and swim coaching business at Southern Cross Catholic College in Queensland. His love for swimming and keeping fit makes his business the perfect profession to maintain a great work/life balance.

"My day starts early at 4.30am but it means that I have time during the day to get to the gym and swim in the afternoon. Sometimes I go out on the boat fishing with my dad and of course, I always fit in a nap," Hadler laughs.

Jayden Hadler

Fishing is high on the father/son bonding time list of activities but from a professional point of view, Jayden says his dad is crucial to the running of the business. Steve was Jayden's coach at the swim club from 11-years-old to when he was 14. He was then invited to join a squad including high profile names such as Christian Sprenger, Jess Schipper and Libby Trickett. It was a journey that led to him debuting at the London Olympics at 18 years of age.

"Dad is still heavily involved and really guides me through my career. We're like a Hadler tag team, I really enjoy working with him."

Despite his dad's influence, it was his brother Linden that inspired him to start swimming.

"I remember that my brother started swimming and breaking club records so he inspired me to get involved. Either that or I was competitive and wanted to join in! I took to swimming straight away."

Jayden Hadler

The butterfly specialist's business caters for all levels of swimming but Hadler's favourite coaching session is with young swimmers.

"I've always wanted to coach kids and I feel really lucky that I get to do that. There aren't many people who get the opportunity to combine swimming and coaching like I do and I love it. I have a natural connection and bond with the kids. Mainly because they just love to have fun like I do."

Hadler admits that sometimes his young clientele are a little star struck.

"Most of them know that I went to an Olympics but then from time to time one of them will find out and ask me 'Did you really?!' and they're shocked to hear that it's true. I think they respect it though and like to hear about my experiences."

Time will tell whether Hadler is coaching future Olympians at Southern Cross Swim Club.

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