Indonesia has never run out of swimmer talent in both male and female groups. Since the days of Richard Sam Berra, until now I Gde Siman Sidartawa.
This regeneration of aquatic sports is going well. Now in the junior class and having great potential to be one of the mainstays of the Indonesian Team in the next few years, is Elysha Chloe Pribadi, a young swimmer who has just been named the best swimmer in the 2 (14-15 years) age group.
The title was struck by Elysha in the 3rd Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship (IOAC) held on December 13-17 2019 at Gelora Bung Karno Jakarta.
IOAC itself is the most prestigious swimming championship in Indonesia. Followed by 1300 of the best swimmers from all provinces in the country, this event also became an arena for PON 2020 Papua, 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
What’s more, the young swimmer who joined the Jakarta BSJ SC club, was already able to break the KRAPSI record as well as the KU 2 national record, at the women’s 100m freestyle, with a time of 00.59.70 seconds.
Previously, Fauziah Rahma held the record for almost two years, with a record time of 00.59.71 seconds, which was set in Jakarta in 2017.
“It’s great to be able to break the national KU record that has lasted two years. This is a benchmark for the practice that I live running well. Because in the tournament we have to give our best, to find out where our level is,” said Elysha, who is studying at St. Peter’s Lutheran College, Brisbane, Australia, as reported by Tempo.co.
The other two Elysha gold medals were obtained from the 200 m putrid force change, with a time of 2 minutes 25.10 seconds, and at the 100 m putrid back force with a time of 1 minute 06.81 seconds.
Meanwhile, one silver was obtained from the 100 meter butterfly and two bronze results from the 200 m freestyle and 50 m butterfly style.
The achievements obtained by Elysha are not coincidence and luck. Because, indeed the graphic achievements of Elysha have continued to show improvement in the last three years. Like silver medals at IOAC 2017, 2 gold medals and 5 silver medals at the 2018 Indonesian Aquatic Festival, then 4 gold medals, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals at IOAC 2018, and 5 gold medals and 1 bronze at the 2019 Indonesian Aquatic Festival.
“My target next year, in addition to improving the record, also hopes to be able to perform at PON 2020 Papua with the DKI Jakarta Team,” said Elysha.
Since the age of 3.5 years, Elysha has begun to recognize swimming. And when he was 6 years old, he had participated in various competitions. Elysha mentioned how parents are the motivators in their careers now.
“Yes, of course the two people who played the most major role are mom and dad. I don’t know what happened without their presence. It’s difficult to express in words how big the role of parents is,” said Elysha.
“Since childhood Elysha really likes to swim both in swimming and in the sea, and at the age of 11 years has been able to break the national record of age groups. We parents only see have talent in swimming. Until now the development of Elysha is very positive and from tournament to tournament always there are surprises, “said Reza Pribadi, the father of IOAC 2019’s best swimmer.