Bell claims three silver
SURF LIFE SAVING: Miranda Bell debuted as the youngest Australian representative in the German Cup but she really topped it off when she won three silver medals for her country.
The Rockhampton medallist returned home from Germany this week after competing as one of the five females selected to represent Australia in the sport of surf life saving.
The 17-year-old claimed silver in the open individual event of 200m Obstacle Swim and silver in team events 4x50m Obstacle Relay and 4x50m Medley Relay.
With more than 350 competitors from across the globe, Bell was the stand out rookie who blitzed through her events that had about 15 heats in each and 72 competitors in her individual event.
Bell said she also raced in the 200m Super Lifesaver and came in at fifth and had a strong lead in the beginning of the race.
“It was amazing. The German Cup is definitely my highlight (of her career),” she said.
And there is no doubt that Bell’s strong performance and medals pushed the Australian team to claim third overall behind host country Germany in first and Royal Life Saving Society Australia in second.
Bell was selected to represent Australia after she competed in the New Zealand championships and picked up three gold medals and three silver in October.
“In New Zealand they said one of us young competitors would make the Australian team, and I found out it was me on the day of my formal.”
It was Bell’s first world championships where she represented the open Australian team and her second event overseas, and things could only get better from here.
After Bell’s success in 2009 she will now set her sights on championships early in the New Year, including trials in July for the World Championships held in Egypt.
Bell said she now plans to continue to race in the open events as that is where the opportunities lie to get selected in international events.
“The under-20s is only a development team. But because I have raced open, I now have a number – under-20 isn’t as a big deal.”
The Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club member will also compete in the Commonwealth Games time trials in March in the 800m, 400m, and 200m freestyle events as well as the 200m backstroke.
“Then I have age nationals for swimming in April and World Championships in August,” she said.