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Speedo kickboard used by Petria Thomas

Date: c 2000
Overall: 500 x 340 x 35 mm, 0.66 kg
Medium: Rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Petria Thomas
Object Name: Kickboard
Object No: 00040013
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This rubber kickboard was used by champion swimmer Petria Thomas to train for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Made by Speedo, it features a streamline design with a contoured top deck. This reduces and relieves unnecessary stress on the swimmer's shoulders because it allows them to maintain an optimum body alignment, mimicking the body's natural swimming position.

    SignificanceThe kickboard was used by Australian Olympian Petria Thomas while training for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
    HistoryA kickboard is a lightweight buoyant board used by competition swimmers to keep the upper body afloat during leg kicking exercises. The kickboard's design allows a swimmer to isolate specific leg muscles in order to develop specialised kicking techniques and continue a training session once the arms have become tired.

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