Owner and Managing Director of ONCORE Academy, Jade Lauren Edmistone, is an Australian Swimmer, Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker, born in Brisbane in 1982.
At the age of 8, Jade joined her local swim club, where her natural affinity and love for the water developed. As a late bloomer, it wasn't until the age of 16 that Jade started making headway in the sport, but after the tragic loss of a close friend and her resultant battle with depression, she quit at just 18 years of age.
Two years on in 2002, aged 20, Jade set her sights on becoming the fastest woman in the world, and returned to the pool once again. With exceptional focus and drive, Jade's goal was achieved when she broke her first World Record in 2004, becoming the fastest woman ever over the 50m breaststroke. Jade continued her dominance over sprint breaststroke, breaking 5 World Records and winning 3 World Titles between 2004 and 2006, before retiring in 2009.
Upon creating the ultimate training aid for core strength and stability in the water, ONCORE, Jade was driven to helping others improve their swimming experience through Swimmer Clinics specialising in building and strengthening Fundamental Aquatic Skills.
With a passionate commitment to making influential and positive changes for the human behind the athlete, ONCORE Academy grew to include personal development workshops focused on goals, resilience, growth mindset and wellness.
Its mission...To build individuals that are not only stronger, more efficient, and faster, but are CONNECTED with the water and with themselves.
Fish Out Of Water is the first book written by Jade Edmistone that delves into her personal experience as she transitioned from a life as an elite athlete into that of a 'normal' person. While Jade's story is compelling and heartfelt, it's boosted with contribution from twelve other former Australian female swimmers who have also opened up in talking about their experiences and struggles.
Jade reflects the stories of the other girls in a way that truly highlights the importance of the issue at large and brings to light a greater awareness of transition and all that it carries.
This book was written with very honest and brave contributions by Linley Frame, Felicity Lemke (nee Galvez), Tarnee Southwell (nee White), Alice Tait (nee Mills), Sarah Ryan, Sarah Lynch (nee Katsoulis), Libby Trickett, Jade Neilsen, Samantha Riley, Petria Thomas, Jessica Schipper, and Elka Whalan (nee Graham). Also with a generous contribution from Lana Ireland (MPsych, MAPS) who brings reflection not only from an elite athlete perspective but from a well respected sport psychologist in rounding out the final chapter.
Jade has achieved many feats in life - both in and out of the pool. Following her successful career in the pool, Jade faced some difficult moments as she struggled to find her feet in her new life post-swimming. With motherhood, relationship changes and mental health issues at the forefront, Jade's brave openness in sharing her story brings to light what is a common fight for many humans as they grow, change and progress through life.
With a passion and desire to help others, Jade's experience with struggling to transition out of the sporting arena is shared through recounts in her book, Fish Out Of Water. However, it's through speaking with groups and at events where Jade delves deeper into what she sees as her biggest achievement in life - fighting mental illness to not just be 'alive', but to live!
Jade's story is inspirational, heartfelt and bravely honest in its delivery. She believes in opening up and being vulnerable in order to help others know it is ok to not be ok, covering themes such as:
building confidence and self-esteem
Jade is driven by her ability to share in a way that builds a relatable connection with the audience, and leaves them with key messages to help educate and inspire!
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