Juggling full-time study with the demanding hours of swim training is something Bradlee Ashby is well used to. The 19-year-old is part way through a Bachelor of Business Studies at Massey University, while training for the NZ Open this month, aiming to qualify for the 2015 World Champs.
Specialising in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley, Bradlee has a swag of New Zealand titles to his name but is focused on achieving at the pinnacle of international success: the 2016 and 2020 Olympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Five minutes with Bradlee Ashby
When did you become involved in swimming?
At the beginning of year six (2006) I competed at inter-school swimming champs and won most events. I was asked which club I swam for and when I said I didn’t train, was told I should as I had an amazing natural talent. I enjoyed swimming and thought it would be good to give training a go.
Who is your coach?
David Lyles, who is an excellent motivator and a positive role model with plenty of technical advice. He helps me out both in and out of the water.
How do you juggle schoolwork and training?
Knowing what I have to do and when it has to be done by.
Describe your weekly training programme?
Crazy! 10x 2 hour pool sessions, 3x 1 hour weight/gym sessions, 2x 30 min Swiss ball sessions, 2x 30 min circuits, 4x 30 min self movement prep.
What motivates you to continue pursuing this sport? WINNING…and the Olympic dream!
What is the tuughest aspect of swim training? Hypoxic sets (breath control) and race pace sets.
What are your other sporting interests/passions? Cricket, rugby and e-sports.
What achievements are you proud of the most? Winning two bronze medals at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Champs
Name three things you would like to try/experience? Winning an Olympic Gold medal, driving a race car such as F1and travelling and exploring through Europe and America.
Describe your lifestyle? Lazy when outside of the pool and full on when training/competing and studying.
How do you like to relax? Gaming … doing something that can take my mind off everything and allow me to totally focus on that one thing which gives my body complete stress release.
What is the best advice you have ever been given? Don’t let the influence of others affect who you want to be and what you want to achieve.
Silver and Bronze at 2013 Australian Youth Olympics; 2 Gold and 1 Silver at 2013 Australian Age Champs; Silver and 2 Bronze at 2013 NZ Open Champs; Competed at 2013 World Junior Champs; Gold, Silver and Bronze at 2014 Oceania Swimming Champs; Silver and Bronze at 2014 NZ Open Champs; 2 Bronze at 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Champs; 1 Bronze 2014 Queensland Champs.