Daily grind?s a breeze

By RACHAEL BORICH YOU know you should go for that swim or jog so you feel fitter and healthier.

Taking that step often gets lost in thought.

That is unless your name is Miranda Bell.

The 13-year-old student from The Girls Grammar School Rockhampton is a swimming and surf lifesaving machine.

Miranda clocks up about 35 hours in training a week, and also has her fair share of success in the school study department.

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Miranda is up at 4.15am to get ready for her morning swim sessions.

Mixed in with afternoon pool sessions are surf lifesaving training at the beach.

Miranda's coach, Cyril Thomasson, is proud of this talented young athlete who is getting her mind around the "daily grind''.

"If she can achieve this it (life) will be a breeze for her.''

Miranda has a busy schedule ahead. After impressive open water swim showings at Rainbow Beach and Noosa, the gutsy young athlete is now preparing for next month's North Australian Championships on the surf lifesaving front, and on the swimming program is the State Age Championships starting on December 10 where Miranda has high hopes in the 13 years girls' 800m, an event in which she holds the fastest time in the State for her age group.

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