Murwillumbah junior Anthea Warne has confirmed she has a big future in swimming, after setting a new record time at the recent Queensland age championships.
Anthea, who trains at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre (TRAC) in Murwillumbah, lowered the Queensland 100m freestyle record for 11-year-olds to one minute 1.15 seconds, on her way to claiming two medals at the Queensland titles last month.
Anthea followed that up by winning four medals at the 2013 NSW State Age Championships, held at Sydney Olympic Park on January 5.
Anthea has been training at TRAC’s Murwillumbah complex for a number of years, under the centre’s head swimming coach, Gavin Urquhart. She recently started supplementing that training with one session a week at the Miami pool as part of a relay team.
‘Anthea is a truly talented swimmer who is always prepared to work hard and excel in competition at the highest level,’ said Mr Urquhart said. ‘Her parents, Doug and Nicole, have provided great support to a very modest but focused athlete who is achieving some extremely exciting results.’
Anthea set personal best times for all her events at the 2012 Queensland Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre Chandler. Her record-breaking victory in the 100m freestyle was complemented by: second in the 100m butterfly (1:08.47) fifth place 200m butterfly (2:33.34) and ninth place 200m freestyle (2:18.85).
Her 100m freestyle victory and record earned her added recognition as Swimmer of the Session on the championships’ final day.
Mr Urquhart said Anthea then showed a great fighting spirit to contest seven events at the NSW titles, where she finished with two firsts, a second, a third, a sixth, a 10th and an 11th.
‘She then demonstrated her prowess in the surf by stopping off on her way home from Sydney and contesting the NSW Surf Life Saving Country Championships at South West Rocks,’ he said. ‘She bagged an individual gold medal in the Under-12 Surf Swim and a team gold for the Cudgen Nippers in the Surf Teams event.
Anthea now has only had a short rest before preparing for the 2013 McDonald’s Queensland Sprint Championships, to be held in Brisbane on 9 February. She said she intended to focus on the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events at the sprint titles. She has again set her goals very high, aiming for more personal best times and medals.
As part of her preparation, Anthea will be at a TRAC Swim Clinic on Tuesday January 22, hoping to pick up some coaching tips that will give her an edge over her rivals.
The second annual TRAC Swim Clinic is an opportunity for all swimmers to gain advice on training, technique, nutrition and competition.
TRAC’s aquatic programs supervisor, Jeff Collier, said enrolment numbers were already very encouraging and the TRAC coaching team looked forward to inspiring a new team of young swimmers. ‘Anthea has really put the spotlight on our local area with her recent swimming results and there is no doubt we can all look forward to her becoming an ambassador for the sport of swimming for many years to come,’ she said.