A stroke of brilliance

KAYDEN Porter travelled a long way to win gold in the 50m backstroke at the Central Queensland Sprint Meet at the Yeppoon Aquatic Centre on Saturday January 14.

Coming in ahead of the field, Kayden was cheered from the pool's edge by coach and mum Angela Porter who had made the journey from Winton with eight year old Kayden, husband Paul and two other team members: six year old sister Tiarra, the youngest female swimmer at the meet and Tayler Gale, 14.

This summer the Porters and Tayler have travelled to swim meets at Richmond, Alpha, Tambo and Cooee Bay.

"It's really just us travelling in the club and we travelled all day, this is the biggest meet we've been to," Kayden said, standing amongst the thousand-strong crowd of swimmers and supporters.

Due to a lack of swim meets in the region Angela said they had to travel to attend meets and training.

Angela came to Yeppoon to gain her coaching accreditations with Yeppoon Sharks coach Lyn Barrett.

Angela is an advocate for teaching children to swim early and well.

"I got them going when they were little and started squad last year and got serious this year," she said.

"Get them used to the water when they are babies and they seem to pick it up."



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