College swimmer awarded Honours - St Andrew's College

College swimmer awarded Honours

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Joss Hempel has been awarded Honours for Swimming. The journey of an accomplished swimmer never ends. It requires discipline, dedication and endless repetition of training.
Joss has embraced his swimming career at College with dedication and determination, displaying integrity while maintaining a constant high level of performance.
Joss obtained Colours in the first few months of starting at College and has continued to excel throughout his time here. He has not only improved on his times consistently but broadened the spectrum of events he swims in, whilst obtaining Colours times in all those events.
Joss can diligently, and masterly apply the competency required to succeed in his chosen sport. Joss’s work ethic and exceptional skills in strength and conditioning out of the pool led him to step up and initiate leading the swimming team in weekly land sessions, where his characteristics as a leader stood out. In a two-fold action, Joss galvanised the team and demonstrated through his actions the level of self-motivation and work ethic that is required to maintain a high standard in swimming.
Joss is the record holder of 10 school records and 13 Inter-House records. He has consistently swum SA Junior qualifying times throughout his school career, making numerous finals and medalling in many with top 10 ranking in SA for many events. Most notably was his 3rd place ranking in SA in the 100m butterfly in 2020 as a 15-year-old. His 2021 SA rankings, (aged 16), were 10th in 50m butterfly, 9th in 100m butterfly and a recently added event, 9th in the 200m butterfly, all in the Open level.
Like many other athletes in the world, Joss was hit hard by Covid-19 interruptions, but his strength and character demonstrated during these periods have been admirable. Joss has not missed a beat going forward with the same enthusiasm and time improvements – the SA Grand Prix being one of these events. Joss swam in the 100m butterfly Senior final, posting a personal best time.