Birthday: July 31, 1977
Hometown: New Castle, New South Wales
Coach: Paul Stafford, Brett Hawke
Josh Watson specializes in sprint backstroke, where his career truly showcased in the 2000 Olympic Games in his home country of Australia. There, he finished 4th in the finals of the Men’s 100m Backstroke behind famous US Backstroker, Krayzelburg.
Leading up to the 2000 Olympics, Josh Watson won a silver medal in the 100m Backstroke in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and then went on to win a gold in the 200m Backstroke at the 1999 World Short Course Championships.
“My favourite Sydney Games moment was when my Dad picked me up from the Athletes Village to take me home. I couldn’t take my eyes off the Olympic torch. I was trying to watch it through all the buildings and trees. I didn’t want it to disappear from view, and when it did, I actually cried for what I had just been a part of…an amazing time of my life.”
Josh’s career continues to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where he finished 6th in the 100m Backstroke at his second Games.
Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to clinics through his swimming career and will share his experiences and tips on how to swim faster!
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“Josh did a great job connecting with my son who has been swimming for 10+ years. He was able to look at his technique in detail and offer suggestions for improvement that other coaches haven’t” – Muscatine, IA
“The backstroke camp was awesome. The lead clinician Josh was fabulous. He was an amazing instructor and really gave the kids good tips in a super fun and engaging way. We would definitely love to see another clinic with Josh in our area!” – Beatrice in Potomac, MD
“My son Blain Dingus absolutely loved this camp and Clinic Coach Josh Watson. Josh made us feel welcome right when we stepped in to the doors. What amazed me is that with all those swimmers there, Josh remembered Blain and all the swimmers on a first name basis throughout the whole camp. Josh was incredible with all the kids and always had alot of positive reinforcement. He was phenomenal with every swimmer all aging from 8 to 17 years of age. He demonstrated and approached his techniques to the swimmers in a way that all the kids in the pool benefited. I cant thankyou enough Josh Watson for a great swim camp. Blain will be definitely attending next year or sooner.” – Marilyn in Muscatine, IA
“Josh Watson was an amazing clinician! He helped support and encourage my daughter. Josh Watson went above and beyond in all aspects. He shared tips that he would have wanted to know at the swimmers’ age. He gave individual feedback even in a group of 16+ swimmers. He explained and demonstrated skills clearly and with precision. Josh Watson made real time changes to the intended curriculum when he noticed swimmers’ performance on a certain drill and then made a quick addition because he thought they would like the drill/practice. So now my 11 year old daughter has had specific feedback and hands-on correction by a former Olympian who has told her that she was an awesome swimmer with positive feedback about her stroke!” – Stephanie in Cleveland, OH
“Josh spent a great deal of time in the water demonstrating techniques. His teaching and sharing his experiences were amazing. He enlighten swimmers and others about how your mental thoughts can control an out come in a race. And the differences between a pre and post stretch were very informative. I’m am autistic and Josh made me feel so welcomed as introduced myself. He including me and gave feedback to me and every one in the group. I had so much fun and learned a lot.” – Dan Materi in Atlanta, GA