Biloela?s Korte back in fast lane
By RACHAEL BORICH
NEW-found strength and confidence has Biloela swimmer Shea Korte back on track.
Korte will lead the Biloela club's charge at the State Age Championships in Brisbane from December 11-16.
The 16-year-old's program includes the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke events.
Having first tested the State waters as an 11-year-old Korte has battled through many a race, but when he was 14 Korte's swimming days hit the wall.
"Just before I turned 15 I thought about giving up swimming because I wasn't improving and then at the last State's I don't know why I did so well,'' said Korte, after making some finals.
"I started believing in myself and told myself I had pretty good chances here.''
Korte needs this drive having to train by himself at Biloela while the club's younger swimmers train together.
His vision is again clear and he wants to swim at the Telstra Commonwealth Games trials from January 30 to February 4.
A member of the national junior development squad, Korte wants to final at nationals to join the national bronze squad.
Korte's coach Paul Connolly said with Korte entering Year 12 next year he would like to see him move on with his swimming.
While Korte knows all about these titles fellow Biloela swimmers Kelsey Munro, 11, and Sharni Nichols, 12, are first-timers there for the experience.
Korte has some advice:
"Don't think about all the people there, just concentrate on what you're doing,'' Korte said.