Piper works with Belgravia Leisure in Queensland at Burpengary Regional Aquatic & Leisure Centre. Piper is a squad swimmer, pool lifeguard, swim teacher and most recently qualified for the Junior Dolphins Open Water World Championships in Seychelles, East Africa.
In October 2020, Piper started working at BRALC as a pool lifeguard and has more recently begun swim teaching. “I have been part of the squad program here since July 2019 swimming under Head Coach Harley Connolly,” Piper explained.
“I have recently competed at the Australian Open Water Nationals in Adelaide where I competed in the 5km and 10km events. In the 5km, I placed 3rd and in the 10km, I placed 1st in 19 years age group. From this, I gained selection onto the Australian Junior Worlds Open Water Team swimming for Australia in September in Seychelles.
“I enjoy the water and swimming long distances but also getting opportunities to swim in the amazing lakes and seas Australia and now the world has to offer,” Piper continued.
When asked where she sees herself in the next 3-5 years, Piper says, “As long as I continue to enjoy swimming I will still be swimming and whatever achievements come along with that. I hope there are further opportunities to swim at the elite level, that would be amazing.”
Burpengary Regional Aquatic & Leisure Centre Head Squad Coach, Harley Connolly says, “I’m looking forward to guiding our BRALC athletes to exceptional results at their respective world championships. We are building on our successful program and excited to have Piper who is a rookie, make this year’s junior open water team.”
“I just want to finish by saying it’s been great being able to swim under an elite coach like Harley Connolly. Harley has helped guide me to be the best swimmer I can be. Being a part of the Junior Dolphins Open Water World Championships is such a great opportunity and I’m excited to represent Australia at Junior worlds,” Piper concluded.