Golden girl braces for open water elements at Masters
WHEN Rachael Keough dived into the pool five years ago, she became addicted.
The former Rockhampton girl is back in town on Saturday and has her eyes set on success in the Caribeae Rocky Crocs Masters swimming carnival.
Keough, now based in Albany Creek, recently joined the Caribeae Crocs Masters club to re-connect with her home town.
"I moved to Brisbane when I was 21 which was in 1996 so it's been a fair while," Keough said.
"When I came back to Caribeae, the pool hadn't changed since I learnt to swim there when I was little.
"I started swimming for fitness and pretty much fell in love with it and the friends that I've made from swimming.
"I joined Caribeae Swim Club back in Rocky because my parents live just around the corner and it's easy to go and train there when I'm up visiting them and the club has been so nice and welcoming."
Keough has had a successful year in the water and hopes to continue her strong form into this weekend's event.
"I've been doing heaps of training and have been recording good times," Keough said.
"I'm pretty optimistic about taking out all of the events but I'm most confident of gold in the 200m backstroke.
"I picked up 11 medals at the Queensland Masters Championships this year which was a highlight."
While confident of performing at her best, Keough is prepared for some stiff competition on Saturday at Rockhampton's WWII Memorial Pool and in open water at Yeppoon Main Beach on Sunday.
"This weekend is going to be a pretty big meet and it will also act as the final of a local competition that has been running," she said.
"I've only competed in it once before because the last few years it has been cancelled because of floods but when I did compete I won five gold.
"Bring on the jellyfish and anything the open water has to throw at me.
"I've been training hard in the open water at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe in the lead up."
While the masters swimming season is almost over, Keough is looking forward to competing in a meet in Ipswich on November 17.