FLYING START: Briannah Holloway.
FLYING START: Briannah Holloway.

Holloway tests new pool goals



ROCKHAMPTON swimmer Briannah Holloway is testing new waters.

The 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games is a potential target for Holloway who was only fully classified as a multi-disability swimmer 12 months ago.

Holloway, 13, endured a long battle to gain full classification but still persisted with her swimming, contesting able bodied events for the past four years.

Eventually it was a 7cm growth spurt that cleared the magic line.

"I still swim able-bodied events, it gives me the competition I need,'' Holloway said.

The CQ Aquajet swimmer still competes at that level and it was in the open women's 400m freestyle event at this month's Harbour City meeting in Gladstone that Holloway smashed the Australian S10 13 years and under record by four seconds.

Holloway's coach Gary Knight said she was starting to be recognised in the disability ranks and he hoped she was on track for Beijing.

"I'll just take it one day at a time,'' Holloway said. Gaining full classification is a stringent process.

Video of a swimmer is taken, they are watched in competition and physiotherapists also analyse the swimmer.

"It's so there's no cheating,'' Knight said.

It can be a technical process, but Holloway is simply focused on her next challenge ? the Multi-Disability State Swimming Championships in Brisbane on February 25.



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